Two days in San Francisco is never enough, but I’d say we did a pretty good job of making it around to most of the city.
We met up with some old friends and new friends, walking from the Haight-Ashbury District to a great Thai restaurant. It was fun to hang out with three other couples for the evening, making new friends to be able to visit the next time we are in town. This particular group loves to play board games, so we played a new game that is basically a cross between Cards Against Humanity and Scategories. Curt and I are terrible at these types of games, which was even more evident in this very serious board-game playing group. We proved to be the weakest link.
The following day we caught the ferry from Marin RV Park where we were staying to Fisherman’s Wharf, about a 10 minute walk to the ferry stop, then a 45 minute ferry ride. Fisherman’s Wharf was busy with the weekend crowd, including the Farmer’s Market, street performers, and several boats coming in to the piers.
We walked up and down the wharf, dodging people, pedi-taxis, and a one-man band with more instruments than a high school marching band. An old Navy ship caught our eye at Pier 45, so we ventured down a ways. Pier 45 must be a well-kept secret, because there weren’t nearly the amount of people that there should’ve been for what we got ourselves into next. Pier 45 offers an interactive museum, called Musee Mecanique. This museum is full of more than 200 working arcade games from the early 1900’s. Admission is free and there are change machines for quarters. Most of the games cost 25 to 50 cents. Some are interactive; others you just watch parts move within the game. Check out their family story here: http://museemecaniquesf.com. If you’re in San Francisco, look it up and go. You won’t be disappointed.
A cheap Uber ride got us over to the Richmond District (with a quick detour to drive through Presidio) for a late lunch at Burma Superstar. Their tea leaf salad is currently #1 in our prizes category and featured on the Best Of page on our site. We walked through Chinatown from the Mission, making a quick stop for Boba Tea, then checked out The Beat Museum in North Beach, a museum specifically geared toward the Beat Generation notables, specifically Jack Kerouac. Check out Curt’s article (coming soon) on the Beat Museum.
Time to say good-bye to San Francisco, until next time. (There will be a next time. We have about $20 left on our Clipper card.)
More adventures tomorrow.