From wherever you are head north, east, south, west or some combination of those directions up to Tank Hill just before the sun sets. Stay for a while and take in the incredible views of the San Francisco, Golden Gate Park, and everything in between as the glow of the sun sinks into shades of pink on it’s way down. Be prepared to be blown away. Literally. It’s really windy up there.
Hop in a car with your mom and head north over the Golden Gate Bridge to Calistoga, where hot springs and mud baths are a plenty. Book an early morning massage at Indian Springs and enjoy an entire day of nothingness, lounging by the enormous geyser-fed, hot-hot-hot mineral pool. In the likely event you lose your ability to move your body due to extreme relaxation, I suggest you avoid the deep end.
Wake up extra early on a Saturday morning and head on over to Ferry Plaza. Take a moment to notice how the light changes over time as you watch the vendors set up their wares. Soon the silence turns to the hustle and bustle of tourists checking out the farmers market, so get in fast and get out before it’s too crowded to move.
Navigate your way across the Golden Gate Bridge, through some roads and over to Tiburon. Stroll about the town, have a beer and take a rest on the grass by the edge of the water. Set up camp and work on perfecting your handstands for several hours. Broken limbs, backs and egos are highly likely.
Walk, ride, bike or bus over to the very expansive Golden Gate Park. Here, you’ll find lots of hidden delights and surprises like the rose garden, secretly tucked away beyond the museums. Spend some time exploring the varietals, enjoying the lovely scents and admiring the colors, shapes and sizes of the seemingly endless beds of roses. Always remember one thing: roses have thorns so don’t go falling in.
Grab a group of good pals and head north over the Golden Gate Bridge to the top of Mount Tam. Follow the narrow, curvy roads up and up through the hills and trees. Pick one of the many scenic places to stop and hike on up just before sunset. May I suggest a nice bottle of wine to sip as the sun sets. Be sure to drink in moderation unless you actually want the hike down to get ugly.
Journey down to pier 45 on the Embarcadero for an epic adventure into the often wonderful and sometimes creepy museum of antique penny arcade games. Be sure to take plenty of quarters with you to witness the century old “games” including the bizarre opium-den, a graphic french execution and an uncomfortable jolly jack laughing machine. If you’re prone to nightmares and hate fun, I suppose this isn’t the place for you.