The Yellow Submarine And Rabbit Encounters

The San Francisco Cable Car Museum is at the corner of Mason and Washington streets, right next to a cable car stop.   A visit to this museum is a great way to get a better understanding of the history of cable cars in San Francisco and learn more about  how cable cars work … and best of all it is FREE.

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THIS IS THE HUB OF ALL OF THE CABLES THAT PULL THE CARS UP AND DOWN THE HILLS OF SAN FRANCISCO.

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THE WHEELS ARE IN CONSTANT MOTION

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ABOVE THE WHEEL DECK THERE ARE TERRIFIC EXHIBITS ON HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS, HOW CABLES ARE MAINTAINED AND THE HISTORY OF THE CABLE CAR NETWORK IN SAN FRANCISCO

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One could spend a fair amount of time here.  We took a quick look of about 30 minutes, and then headed out for our primary destination of the day – Golden Gate Park.  But first, we had to get there via three modes of transportation.  The first segment we traveled by cable car.

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IT IS A LOT EASIER TO SIT DOWN ON THE CABLE CAR WHEN TAKING A SELFIE

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THEN WE CAUGHT A STREET CAR.  EACH OF THE CARS IS BASED ON A HISTORICAL DESIGN OF VARIOUS CITIES IN THE WORLD THAT USE STREET CARS.  THERE IS EVEN ONE PAINTED LIKE THE TORONTO STREET CARS OF OLD, BUT WE DIDN’T GET A CHANCE TO SNAP A PICTURE OF THAT ONE

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THE STREET CARS ARE FURNISHED WITH WOODEN BENCHES.  ON A SUNDAY MORNING THEY WERE PRETTY DESERTED.

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OUR FINAL CONNECTION WAS ONTO THE MUNICIPAL LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT WHICH TOOK US TO THE EDGE OF GOLDEN GATE PARK, SEVERAL MILES AWAY FROM FISHERMAN’S WHARF.  

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We knew we would be walking for long periods of time, so we stopped by The Yellow Submarine sandwich shop to pick up food to eat during our afternoon trek. The locals had said the subs were outstanding.  We ordered only half sandwiches, but I can truly say … the locals were right.

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THE YELLOW SUBMARINE SANDWICH SHOP AT THE CORNER OF IRVING AND 6TH IS A GREAT PLACE TO PICK UP A TASTY TREAT.

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OUTSIDE THE SHOP WAS A BENCH COVERED IN A POEM WITH INTERSECTING LETTERS LIKE A CROSSWORD PUZZLE.  CLICK ON THE PICTURE TO READ THE WORDS AND MAKE UP YOUR OWN VERSION OF THE POEM.

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THIS WAS A HALF SANDWICH (6 INCHES) FILLED WITH MEAT ON A TOASTED BUN.  I’M NOT SURE WHAT THEY PUT IN IT, BUT IT WAS DELICIOUS!

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Golden Gate Park covers 1017 acres and was designed by William Hammond Hall and master gardener John McLaren.  Aside from vast green spaces, trails that wind through groves of forests and ponds and lakes, the park also houses a huge flower conservatory, the de Young Museum (art and decorative art), the California Academy of Sciences, a Japanese Tea Garden, and the San Francisco Botanical Garden.  It is a place you could spend many days exploring.  We only had an afternoon, so here are a few pictures of our 3 hour meander from one end of the park to the other.  Walking through the park is free, but some of the attractions inside the park charge an admission fee.

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GOLDEN GATE PARK IS A TREASURE FOR LOCALS AND VISITORS ALIKE.

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LARGE SPORTING FIELDS ARE BUILT INTO THE LANDSCAPE INCLUDING BASEBALL FIELDS, RUNNING TRACKS, SOCCER PITCHES AND A POLO FIELD.

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The park is immense, but map boards along the way help you find where you want to go.  On weekends and statutory holidays, free shuttle buses run along the park roads.  The museums are located towards the East end of the park, and the lakes and natural areas are more prominent as you head West towards the ocean.

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SIGN BOARDS SHOW YOU WHERE TO GO NEXT

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THE MAN IN THE COWBOY HAT WITH THE GREEN LEGGINGS WAS ENJOYING THE ROLLERSKATING PARK AREA.  CROWDS GATHERED AS HE AND OTHERS DID STUNTS.

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FREE LINDY HOP DANCES TAKE PLACE IN THE PARK EVERY SUNDAY

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THE LOW BUILDING IN THE BACKGROUND IS THE CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AND HAS A COMPLETELY GREEN ROOF, HELPING IT  TO BLEND IN WITH THE PARK.

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THE TOWER ON THE DE YOUNG MUSEUM IS 44 METRES TALL, AND YOU CAN ACCESS THE TOWER PART OF THE MUSEUM FOR FREE TO GET A GRAND VIEW OF GOLDEN GATE PARK FROM ON HIGH 

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SCULPTURE IS INTEGRATED INTO THE PARK’S DESIGN, IN THIS CASE A STATUE PAYING TRIBUTE TO MIGUEL DE CERVANTES

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KEITH HARING’S VIBRANT “THREE DANCING FIGURES” SCULPTURE ADDS LIFE TO THE PARK SURROUNDING THE DE YOUNG MUSEUM.

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THE ENTRY TO THE JAPANESE TEA GARDENS OFFERS A GATEWAY TO SERENITY 

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PADDLE BOATS, ROW BOATS AND CANOES CAN BE RENTED ON STOW LAKE AND THE VARIOUS PONDS THROUGHOUT THE PARK

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SCOTT STANDS BESIDE GIANT FERNS THAT LOOK LIKE PINEAPPLES.

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PATHWAYS CRISS-CROSS THE AREA LEADING TO QUIET WOODS

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A NATURAL SCULPTURE FOUND ALONG THE PATHS IN THE WOODS.

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PETE PROTECTS LUNCH FROM THE UNKNOWN BEHIND THIS TANGLED DEADWOOD.

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IT TURNS OUT THAT  ALL THAT WAS FOLLOWING US WERE THESE CUTE RABBITS.  I’M NOT SURE IF THEY WANTED OUR LUNCH, OR IF THEY WERE HUNTING HUMANS, BUT THEY LET US BE AFTER A SHORT PORTION OF OUR WALK

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The walk from one end of the park to the other is about 3 miles, and if you take small side paths, it can be longer.  We took our time, stopped to enjoy the scenery, ate our sandwiches along the way, and wound up coming out to the Western end of the park near the Dutch windmills close to the ocean at around 3 PM in the afternoon.

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THIS IS ONE OF TWO LARGE DUTCH WINDMILLS THAT MARK THE WESTERN EDGE OF THE PARK.

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By the time we reached the far border of the park, it was time to take off our shoes and relax at the beach.  Tomorrow … stories of Pacific surf, The Sutro Baths and The Tonga Room.  Until then … a park picture of

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Fenton & White (or in this case … White & Fenton)

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