San Francisco, Part 2

July 24th, 2017
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You can read about what I did previously by clicking on the link below:

Painted Ladies Homes, aka “Full House” homes

The remainder of my time in San Francisco was spent doing a few different things around town including a whale watching tour, exploring Sausalito, and roaming around the Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).

Pier 34 and their Seals

I did a whale watching excursion on my second morning leaving from Fisherman’s Wharf. We saw a lot of porpoise dolphins and three whales. I learned a lot of about whales as well. Here’s some of the things I learned:

  • The whales that swim up to San Francisco every summer are from Costa Rica. They use Costa Rica as their breeding grounds during the winter months and San Francisco area for feeding during the summer months. These whales are different group from the ones who swim to Alaska and other groups and even have their own languages to communicate with each other.
  • Whales, at the start of the summer, will have three inches of fat as they don’t eat during the winter. By the time they are ready to return to Costa Rica, they have eaten so much that they have increased their fat to 21-inches.
  • They choose when they want to breath. They don’t’ breath because they have to. Whales can hold their breath for a minimum of 10 minutes.
  • Each half of their brain can work independently of each other. So when they “sleep”, whales turn ½ their brain off and the other half is fully functional and then it switches.
  • The ear wax in whales is how you can tell how old it is. The wax created during the winter months are dark while the summer wax is light. Each dark and light wax is counted as 1-year.

Japanese Bookstore in Japantown

I spent some time in Japantown as well. I browsed through the Japanese bookstore and looked around Daiso. Using the Alamo Square stop from the hop-on-hop-off bus, I walked through some of the residential neighbourhoods to get to Japantown. During this time, I popped into Josie Bakery to have some sourdough sandwich and coffee.

Salmon Open Faced Sandwich from the Bakery

Passionfruit Doughnut

Sausalito was a quaint little neighbourhood and was fun to roam around. After spending some time in the neighbourhood, I head back on the hop-on-hop-off bus back to other side of the Golden Gate Bridge to take pictures of the views.

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The SFMOMA was a neat art museum. Loved the Pop Art floor and the special exhibit as well. I spent a good couple hours out of the afternoon sun and heat to explore museum. It was also a good walk over to some stores I had on my list to check out including Allbirds shoes. I did use the trolley to get up on of the major hills and it was one of the lines that the bus tours kept mentioning were the least touristy ones if you didn’t want to spend a couple hours in line for the main trolley that everyone does.

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