Road Trip – Days 12 and 13 – San Francisco

On the twelth day of our vacation we went into San Francisco again. This time we went back to Japantown for a about an hour and then to the Haight section of the city. I was hoping it would be a good place to go shopping. I was kinda dissapointed. I thought they would have stuff we didn’t have at home but they didn’t have anything you couldn’t find in Ann Arbor. I also saw little evidence of the flower power era. In fact the corner of Haight and Ashbury has a Gap store on it. We did find the anarchist book store which was empty except for two Anarchists” who worked at the store. They volunteered there as it was a collective. The one appeared to be talking about how he published his recent manifesto and how he thought he worked out a deal so he would receive none of the profits from it’s sales but they kept sending him checks anyway. I wondered how these guys paid there bills if they kept refusing to make money.

I didn’t take many photos but here is a shot of us riding the subway back to the ferry.

On the 13th day we went to the Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. It was beautiful and peaceful except that we could hear a guy playing smooth jazz on his saxophone just outside the garden. It occured to me how many bad mucisians there are in the world. So few can play anything worth listening to in my opinion. We ignored the guy and took these photos. I think I would visit the garden often if we lived in the city. In fact the whole park is a really a great asset to the city.


Here I am in front of the big pagoda. I think it was built around 1915 but I could be mistaken.

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Jen reading the sign in front of another pagoda like structure.

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After the Japanese Tea Garden we went over to the Botanical gardens. This place was huge and had plants from all over the world. It was grouped by region so you could walk through a garden of plants from New Zealand or Australia for example.
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We didn’t have time to see the whole park since it was huge but we saw a lot of unusual plants.
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Like the park we visited in Denver it was filled with friendly Squirells. We saw dozens of them and they were not at all intimidated by people.

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