August 16, 2007 9:32 pm

In Which I Make A Bold Move

It may come as a surprise to some of you, but, um, I like predictability. The stable things in life. Change and I do not get along. Case in point, I have problems riding a public bus by myself because I am not in control of what is going on. That bus could take me to Timbuktu for all I know, and I have a very real fear of the uncertainty involved in that situation, something I am slowly but surely trying to overcome.

That said, I have just booked myself and Daniel a round-trip flight to San Francisco over Labor Day weekend.

We don’t yet know where we are going to stay, or what we are going to do while we are there (except go to Ritual Coffee Roasters – one guess whose idea that was?) but I’m sure it will turn out to be fun. Just as soon as we know where we are going to sleep.

Anybody who has recommendations on what we should do on our 3-ish days in “The City” without a car, please for the love of god let me know. I need some sort of plan. Otherwise I fear I may end up cowering in the corner of my hostel room all weekend.

Ahh ha ha, I jest. Seriously though, what should we do? We are looking into two different hostels as a lodging possibility, both of which are downtown-ish (i.e., not by the airport) and we are relying on public transit and our own selves as transportation. (ETA: We’ll be staying in the Mission District, wherever that is.)

(To Elea: Bowling? Coffee?)

(To Melissa: The way there, we are on a Boeing 737-500, and the way back we’re on a Boeing 757-200. This means nothing to me but I’m sure it makes sense to you. :) )

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  • Melissa says:

    Hahahah. Yes, that makes sense to me and I must say I’m jealous :D

    If I knew anything about the San Francisco area, I’d give you some suggestions, but unfortunately I’ve never been that far west! I’m sure you guys will find some great things to do!

  • Nicole says:

    I suggest checing out the Metreon…I think that is how it is spelled. Also, next to that is Yerba Buena, which has bowling and ice skating, and I believe some fun craft stuff.

    It has been a while since I went there, but those were two fun places I used to go.

    Also, San Francisco has a good bus system, next to portland its the best I have ever experienced. is the website for the public transportation

    Another fun thing would be taking the ferry to Sausalito. Its a beautiful town by the bay, and there is a great (expensive) resturaunt called spinnaker where craig and I spent our first and second anniversary at. It has beautiful views and is walking distance from the ferry.

    Also, if you are into clam chowder, san francisco has the best, make sure to get it in a bread bowl…hehe

    Ok, thats all I can think about. I lived 30 minutes from San Francisco but never really spent much time there or I would have more City ideas for you.

    Hope you have fun

  • Elea says:

    Oh, I saw your Twitter before this post. But definitely yes! And I have a car, so you won’t have to busing it/cabbing if you decide to trust my driving. But Ritual is a definite yes. There is also the Haight/Ashbury neighborhood, of COURSE Golden Gate Bridge…and Golden Gate Park is always nice… I am SO EXCITED!

  • lkvy says:

    I looooooooooved San Francisco. There is so, so, SO much to do there. For scenery: go see the Sutro Bath Ruins– not very many tourists seem to know about that place so when Mike and I went, there were less than 10 people walking around. Don’t bother with the Cliffhouse restaurant nearby though.

    The Coit Tower will give you a great view of the city, but it’s crammed full of tourists. Mike and I went up Telegraph Hill (where the tower is) twice anyway.

    For funtimes, go to The Exporatorium. The building and the park surrounding it is really cool.

    The Academy of Sciences is at a temporary location until the new fancypants building is completed, but it was still really neat.

    If you and Daniel like seafood (I have a feeling you don’t though)- Yabbies Coastal Kitchen was really good. East Coast West Coast Deli on Polk was great too– servings were humongous!

    The Dakota Hotel on Post Street was where we stayed. Cheap, clean, and there was a little fridge and a microwave in our room. Free internet. The elevator was neato too.

    Public transit in SF was really easy to figure out. Take lots pictures!