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Cycling, Hiking, Hop on Hop off Bus and Air Show

Had a great day off by myself and did a lot of different activities. I walked to Union Square around 10.30am and jumped on the Big Bus and got off at Haight - Ashbury where I rented bike at $8 an hour.

I headed off in the direction of the ocean through Golden Gate Park along John F Kennedy Drive. It is a huge park and I can see why San Franciscans need large parks as they don't have any yards so this was built for them to use as their back yard. The Conservatory of Flowers was a lovely decorative white building , there were several small lakes, a bison park and 2 dutch windmills down at the Ocean Beach end of the park.

I road up the hill to Cliff house - a famous landmark restaurant from the 1800's overlooking ruined baths on the foreshore. This was a popular weekend place to get out of the city to the beach. I parked my bike at the National Park Visitor Centre at Land End where I did a 2.5 mile hike along the cliffs around to China Beach with the most incredible views over to the Golden Gate Bridge and Marin Headland. It was through some lovely Cypress forests with the trees all bent over.

I then cycled down the steep hill back to the other side of the Golden Gate Park to ride through on Martin Luther Drive. It was slightly uphill so a bit more work ! I rode around the Stow Lake which was very pretty with stone bridge, paddle boats and lots of ducks. I dropped my bike off and got on the next bus ( they come every 15 - 20 minutes) Went across the Golden Gate again to the other side - you can never get sick of the views and sights doing this. This was my 4th time crossing it ! The skies were blue and cloudless and theatres blue with the sunlight dancing on it and lots of white sails from boats in the bay. There was a large cruise ship in dock and 2 container ships going over to Oakland.

Finished off at Fishermans Wharf and wandered over to where they were selling Dungeness Crab. It was about $40 to buy a whole cooked crab and $20 to buy a lobster bread roll that looked delicious. I settled on a clam chowder in a bread roll. The bread was amazing and I enjoyed the chowder even though it was a bit creamy for my taste. While sitting by the bay eating this and listening to a nearby busker I was able to watch for the next hour the amazing airshow by the Blue Angel jets. They did vertical climbs and dives, flew upside down and were incredible . The noise as they flew past each time was so loud. I have never seen anything like this and it was spectacular.

I got back on the big bus to go back to Union Square, getting off at Washington Square and walked through Little Italy and Chinatown. In lIttle Italy I saw the church that Sister Act with Whoopi Goldberg was filmed. These areas were so interesting each with a distinct feel and great seeing the different locals in each area.

Back at Union Square I went in to Sephora where I had booked in for free mini facial before heading back to the hostel. Was a wonderful day and absolutely love San Francisco

Buildings around Union Square

Buildings around Union Square


City Hall

City Hall


Flower Conservatory in Golden Gate Park

Flower Conservatory in Golden Gate Park


Baths from the 1800's

Baths from the 1800's


Cypress trees

Cypress trees


View looking north to Golden Gate Bridge

View looking north to Golden Gate Bridge


Golden Gate Bridge from Lands End

Golden Gate Bridge from Lands End


Land End

Land End


Lovely coastal walk

Lovely coastal walk


China Beach and bridge

China Beach and bridge


Beautiful views

Beautiful views


The Bridge

The Bridge


The hike

The hike


Cypress trees

Cypress trees


Lands End Info Centre

Lands End Info Centre


Cliff House restaurant from the 1800's

Cliff House restaurant from the 1800's


Ocean Beach

Ocean Beach


Wide beach

Wide beach


One of the 2 Dutch windmills in Golden Gate Park

One of the 2 Dutch windmills in Golden Gate Park


Huge windmill

Huge windmill


View from top of the bus

View from top of the bus


Tanker heading to Oakland

Tanker heading to Oakland


On the bus

On the bus


Shimmering sunlight on the ocean

Shimmering sunlight on the ocean


Golden Gate

Golden Gate


Building designed for maximum window offices

Building designed for maximum window offices


Crab at Fishermans wharf

Crab at Fishermans wharf


City Hall Building

City Hall Building


Haight Ashbury

Haight Ashbury


City Hall Dome

City Hall Dome


Haight - Ashbury

Haight - Ashbury


Heading to the Golden Gate

Heading to the Golden Gate


Beautiful coastline

Beautiful coastline


North side of bridge

North side of bridge


Going over the bridge

Going over the bridge


Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge


Airshow of the Blue Angels

Airshow of the Blue Angels


Airshow

Airshow


One upside down!

One upside down!


Upside down flying past Alcatraz

Upside down flying past Alcatraz


Clam Chowder while watching the airshow

Clam Chowder while watching the airshow


Airshow

Airshow


Airshow

Airshow


Airshow

Airshow


Airshow over ships

Airshow over ships


Starting the vertical climb

Starting the vertical climb


Blue Angel

Blue Angel


Vertical climb

Vertical climb


Fly by

Fly by


Five

Five


Five

Five


Five doing the vertical climb

Five doing the vertical climb


And the loop

And the loop


Finishing the loop

Finishing the loop


Leaving Fishermans wharf

Leaving Fishermans wharf


Little yellow GPS vehicles

Little yellow GPS vehicles


Fishermans Wharf

Fishermans Wharf


Church where Sister Act with Whoopi was filmed

Church where Sister Act with Whoopi was filmed


Cool village suburb near Little Italy

Cool village suburb near Little Italy


Little Italy

Little Italy


Little Italy

Little Italy


Interesting building

Interesting building


Old and the new

Old and the new


Chinatown

Chinatown


Lanterns of Chinatown

Lanterns of Chinatown


Chinatown gates

Chinatown gates


Union Square

Union Square


Diner next to our hostel

Diner next to our hostel


Can rent this GPS controlled vehicle

Can rent this GPS controlled vehicle


Fly By

Fly By


Upside down past Alcatraz

Upside down past Alcatraz


Upside down fly by

Upside down fly by


Amazing airshow that went on for a couple of hours

Amazing airshow that went on for a couple of hours


Cable car ride

Cable car ride

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in USA

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