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Quiet in Golden Gate Park

June 16, 2013
Golden Gate Park - Sweet and Savoring

The North Windmill and Queen Wilhelmina Garden at the beach-end of the park

Those of you that live in cities know how necessary a respite is from the usual urban chaos: large expanses of trees, winding walking paths, and perhaps a few museums. Maybe even some large, shaggy-haired bovines? Yes, Central Park has the zoo and the penguins and all that, but Golden Gate Park in San Francisco has bison, of all things!

Golden Gate Park - Sweet and Savoring

They’re far away, but here they are: American bison!

Also, seeing & smelling the vegetation in a different part of the country is another great aspect of travel:

Golden Gate Park - Sweet and Savoring

I would not have seen this at any park in New York

My San Francisco vacation consisted of a lot of time in and around Golden Gate Park, since my friend Ellen lives a two minute walk away. I’ve been there before this trip, but I never realized the size of the park before now. It’s three miles long and a half mile wide! It beats Central Park in size by 175 acres!

Golden Gate Park - Sweet and Savoring

Did I ever tell you that orange is my favorite color?

You can walk and walk in Golden Gate Park for hours and constantly find yourself in a different world: maybe there are some college guys playing frisbee golf, maybe there’s a weird corporate-sponsored ‘festival’ with long lines all because of tiny free samples, and maybe there’s a quiet bench with a woman and her dog, staring at the ducks and stream below.

Golden Gate Park - Sweet and Savoring

Especially memorable: there are cute dogs EVERYWHERE in San Francisco

My favorite memory of Golden Gate Park, and possibly even the whole vacation, was a picnic Ellen and I enjoyed one evening. She’d thoughtfully saved a bottle of wine for my belated birthday celebration, and we also packed a sourdough baguette, goat cheese, and my typical on-the-go snack mix of almonds and cranberries. It was lovely: low-key, perfect location, perfect company and excellent wine. (Also, it was so nice to spend time outside without being attacked by bugs like in the Northeast!)

Golden Gate Park - Sweet and Savoring

Wine in little glass jars and bamboo utensils. Three cheers for an eco-conscious picnic! (Okay, except for the plastic bag…)

And the view from our bench:

Golden Gate Park - Sweet and Savoring

Perfect peek of the city through the trees

That picnic in Golden Gate Park was just what I needed: the two of us, spilling our guts, sipping wine and occasionally wiping away each other’s tears, just enjoying the peaceful setting and soaking each other up. I even managed to put down the camera and just be there without needing to photographically capture every little thing! That’s when you know a special moment is happening 😉

Of course, there are lots of renowned attractions within the park: the Japanese Tea Garden, the de Young Museum, and the Conservatory of Flowers, to name a few. I visited the de Young Museum on another trip and enjoyed it, but I have to say the weather was too nice to check out any museums this time. At least I know that there’s still plenty to explore on my next visit to San Francisco!

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. Coming up in the next few posts: the Hudson Pride Parade, a day in Marin County, and plenty of food pictures.

*All statistical facts are from this Golden Gate Park FAQ.

 

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  • Deb Rothaug June 17, 2013 at 8:55 am

    It sure looks like you soaked in all the beauty, fun and had a lovely picnic I love seeing the sights from your perspective, and your pictures came out beautiful! So glad you had good times.

    • Christy June 17, 2013 at 5:45 pm

      Yup, I tried to soak up as much as possible in a short time!

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat June 17, 2013 at 9:16 am

    What a gorgeous park and your pics are beautiful! I haven’t been on a picnic in years, but it sounds so nice and relaxing.
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    • Christy June 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Picnics are so much fun! I feel like I only started doing them more the last couple of years.

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