Day 2 — Sunday, April 26, 2015

Wandering around in Golden Gate Park:

GGP-sundial

The De Young Museum.

The de Young Museum.

The De Young Museum's perforated bronze exterior.

The de Young Museum’s perforated bronze exterior.

Pond and statues by the De Young Museum.

Pond and statues by the de Young Museum.

Loved this angle of the De Young Museum's tower.

Loved this angle of the de Young Museum’s tower.

These two sphynxes fronted the De Young's original Egyptian revival building when it opened for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition.

These two sphinxes fronted the de Young’s original Egyptian revival building when it opened for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition.

Bacchanalian winemaking vase by Paul Gustave Dore.

Bacchanalian winemaking vase by Paul Gustave Dore.

The California Academy of Sciences, with its distinctive living skylight roof.

The California Academy of Sciences, with its distinctive living skylight roof.

I missed the Japanese Garden and doubled back for it. But by then the place was packed, and the line of people waiting to get in snaked out the entrance. I regretfully passed.

GGP-japanese garden

Not just in the park, but throughout the entire city, I saw lots and lots of large, mature trees. So nice.

Not just in the park, but throughout the entire city, I saw lots and lots of large, mature trees. So nice.

There are also lots and lots of gorgeous bronze statues everywhere:

GGP-lion statue

GGP-statue

I loved how dramatic this one looked from behind.

I loved how dramatic this one looked from behind.

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Beethoven.

Beethoven.

Burns.

Burns.

Emmet.

Emmet.

Garfield.

Garfield.

Goethe and Schiller.

Goethe and Schiller.

King.

King.

Verdi.

Verdi.

Discovered a memorial glen full of redwood trees, with a lovely stone river running through the shady center.

GGP-memorial garden

Several sets of stacked stones ringed the "river."

Several sets of stacked stones ringed the “river.”

This "bridge" over the river rocks is made of giant slabs of stone.

This “bridge” over the river rocks is made of giant slabs of stone.

The REALLY big stone slabs were used to line the walkway.

The REALLY big stone slabs were used to line the walkway.

By now I was feeling pretty parched. Ducked into this dive bar named Murio’s Trophy Room, est. 1959. It was cool and dark and quiet there while I had a couple of cold beers.

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The bar back is copper sheeting with rough-hewn wood plank shelves. Lots of antique trophies, too.

haight-murios bar back

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One thing I’ve noticed about San Francisco is that only coffee houses and corner markets are open before noon. So I headed back for some more window-shopping on Haight.

The famous corner.

The famous corner.

Mural.

Mural.

Architecture.

Architecture.

Hippie shop with an impressive tie-dyed ceiling and chandelier:

haight-tie dye ceiling

There’s a fantastic shop called the Piedmont Boutique that sells everything any self-respecting drag queen should ever need. It’s easy to spot: just look for the legs hanging out the upper window.

They were nice enough to let me take pictures.

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Pasties, pasties, pasties!

Pasties, pasties, pasties!

There were some really cool places that didn’t allow pictures — they even have explicit signs on the front doors saying so. One was Decades of Fashion. It’s a huge warehouse (you can see it behind me here) full of costumes and vintage clothing from the 1880s through the 1970s. There’s also accessories, jewelry, undergarments, shoes, luggage… It was amazing. No pictures.

Grabbed this off the net.

Then there was Loved to Death, a fascinating shop specializing in taxidermy, specimens, prosthetic eyeball and butterfly wing jewelry, poison bottles, unusual antiques, Victoriana, and other oddities and morbid curiosities. No pictures.

Stuff like this. Grabbed from their website.

Passed by a black guy on Haight, who commented that he was “lovin’ those killer sunglasses.” I didn’t react and kept on walking, but then he said to my back, “With a six-pack and a shotgun, you could take over the world!” Had to laugh, which made him laugh more. I think I have a new motto!

Got back around mid-afternoon and wrote postcards and chilled for a while.

Several times, we all used Lyft (like Uber) to get rides around the city. I was impressed. Prices comparable to or better than a taxi, with clean modern cars, clean English-fluent drivers, and our wait times averaged between 45 seconds and 2 minutes. No joke. You also get a picture of the driver and their car so you know what to look for.

Treated Tim & Alex to sushi at Domo. Didn’t take any pictures. We waited extra for the window seats. I tried uni for the first time. It was divine. Also got a Fiesta roll, with tuna, mango, and cilantro. It was interesting and surprisingly good. Discovered one thing on this trip: I’m not super keen on hot sake. Cold is lovely, though.

Next: Day Three ~ Market St. ~ Embarcadero ~ Pier 39 ~ Dinner @ Yamo ~ Ice Cream Bar