Though the weekends are meant for sleeping in, I woke up just as early as I do for work on a Saturday morning to drive up to San Francisco. I enjoyed the day out in the city with a group of friends from SoCal who were visiting for the weekend.
First Stop: Vanessa’s apartment
Before meeting up with them at 11am, I swung by Vanessa’s apartment, which is conveniently located off UCSF where she is studying for graduate school. I quickly realized the downsides of living in SF when I was trying to find parking on the steep streets and realized no one is up this early on a Saturday morning to have already moved their cars from the late night out before. Circling around Vanessa’s apartment, I finally found parking on the next street over and got my morning workout, walking up the steep, hilly sidewalks from my car to her apartment. We spent an hour, which was too short but sweet, catching up about the last couple of months we had not seen each other. I was glad to see that she had cozily settled into what would be her new home for the next few years.
Second Stop: Scenic drive across the Golden Gate Bridge
Next, I met up with my class friends, and we headed out for our biking adventure across the Golden Gate Bridge. Before doing so, we made a wrong turn as we were driving to Sports Basement, the store we were renting our bikes from. We ended up driving across the bridge before getting to bike across the bridge as we had planned. We made a U-turn at the first available exit and drove back across the bridge to pay for the $6 mistake, or adventure, we had made by taking the wrong turn.
Third Stop: Bike adventure across the Golden Gate Bridge
Sports Basement. 610 Old Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94129. (415) 437-0100.
We finally made it to Sports Basement, where we met up with the other car who had managed to find their way much quicker than our car did. At the very back of this store are the bikes, which we were able to rent for $10 for three hours. We found our way to the bridge and biked hard against the wind on the narrow biking path. Cars zoomed by on one side and bikers yielded space for one another on our other side. When we returned the bikes to the store, we learned that everything in the store was 20% off, including bike rentals. That made our bike adventure a cheap and fun way to spend the afternoon in SF for only $8 for three hours.
Fourth Stop: Ferry Building Marketplace
Gott’s Roadside: 1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94105. (866) 328-3663.
The bike ride made us hungry for our late lunch so we drove towards the Ferry Building Marketplace. We hoped to find some good clam chowder, but couldn’t find anything that didn’t already have a long wait at 2:30pm. We settled for hot dogs, mini burgers, and chicken tenders at Gott’s Roadside.
Last Stop: Mitchell’s Ice Cream
Mitchell’s Ice Cream. 688 San Jose Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94110. (415) 648-2300.
While we had wanted to save room after our late lunch for clam chowder, we decided we didn’t have enough time so we went straight for dessert instead – homemade ice cream. Patrick and I had both been to Bi-Rite Creamery before, so we wanted to give Mitchell’s a try too. Though Mitchell’s has a wide selection of tropical flavors in addition to its standard flavors, I had a difficult time choosing a flavor that seemed to be as unique as the ones at Bi-Rite, such as Salted Caramel and Honey Lavender. Another plus with Bi-Rite is that you can try two flavors, a half scoop each, for the price of one scoop, whereas Mitchell’s doesn’t let you do the same. I finally decided on Tropical Four, a mixture of banana, guava, mango, and pineapple, which was good and fruity. Now that I have tried both shops though, I would prefer to return to Bi-Rite next time!