30 Days of Fun: Day 21

3rd August 2011

I had a day of errands, so I packed a picnic lunch and ate by the bridge. It made me realize how memorable it is to eat outside — I wonder why I do it so rarely.

This is July in San Francisco. Sometimes I miss sweltering summers in the valley, but it was lovely to have lunch in my sweater and watch the tourists (all of whom were shivering in shorts and San Francisco sweatshirts). I’m rarely more than fifteen minutes away from this view, and I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve picnicked here.

15 thoughts on “30 Days of Fun: Day 21

  1. Megan

    It’s easy to a cliched degree to take a home city for granted.

    What I haven’t been taking for granted in Chicago is the heat. It’s been in the 90s on many days and humid – it’s like the air’s giving you a hug. I’m made for this weather.

  2. Blue

    Need to have a picnic ASAP, this looks great! If I ever go to San Francisco, which I REALLY want to, I’ll have one in that exact spot!

  3. Gina

    I’m dreaming of that misty fog I see there. We hit 109 today in DFW. The low yesterday was 89. I like it hot, but this is a bit much.

  4. Carmen in SD

    I was one of those tourists thinking SF was going to be warm, I packed only one jersey…wore the darn thing the 4 days I was there…

  5. Lynne

    I bet that is pretty typical – taking for granted the attractions/sights in your own town. There is a lovely park literally 2 blocks from my house…..but how often do I go walk there? Let me see….I’ve gone once this summer. It was gorgeous, serene, and relatively cool since I went after the sun was down.

  6. sophia

    A good reminder to enjoy the lovely things close to home. I grew up about an hour away from the GG bridge, and now live in Northern CA again. Later this month we are playing “tourist” and going to walk across the bridge.

  7. Rebecca

    I was just there last weekend, and you’re right, I did not pack adequately. I used your visiting guides for things to do, btw. Thank you for pointing me to 826 Valencia and all those bookstores. =) I almost had to pay overweight luggage fees on the way back…

  8. Emily

    I’m coming back to visit SF next week for the first time since moving away 2 years ago. Summer in DC has made me so excited for the fog that I used to hate!

  9. Megan

    ..and that’s exactly how I came to own a San Francisco sweatshirt when I was a kid growing up in Sacramento. 12+ years later and I never left my Pac Heights apartment without a sweater/jacket. (Then I moved to Germany and learned about scarves.) :-)

  10. Tricia

    Think of how much revenue is generated from the sale of sweatshirts in our San Francisco Summers. And in our sweltering September heatwaves us locals buy shorts and flip-flops at end-of-season sales. Win!

  11. Elizabeth Louros

    That is one of my favorite SF spots. Every time I am lucky enough to visit your city I rent a bike a Fisherman’s Wharf, have a snack near the bridge ( preferably at that little cafe that is almost at the end) and then continue riding over the bridge to Sausalito or Tiburon. Stop for lunch and an adult beverage along the way. Then the ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf. The best day ever.

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