Wandering Eye: The One Day Getaway

December 03, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

When a really cheap (Jetblue) airfare met a same-day return restriction, I had two choices. Re-visit the closest destination where time spent would go the furthest or go for the absolutely unknown but curtail exploration. Solution, a one-day getaway in San Francisco.

Wandering Eye: One day getawaysDeserted military batteries and walking trails inside San Francisco's Presidio park. Wandering Eye: One day getawaysDeserted military batteries and walking trails inside San Francisco's Presidio park. Wandering Eye: One day getawaysDeserted military batteries and walking trails inside San Francisco's Presidio park.

Destination: The Presidio, Battery East, and Crissy Field

See the Golden Gate Bridge (wait for the fog to clear, it's there trust me), walk on top of the batteries and along the cliff side trails, glimpse Alcatraz (from the freeman's perspective), take in the city skyline, or try your hand at pier fishing. Set aside 3 - 4 hours to just whet your curiosity. 

Wandering Eye - One Day Getaway (top two) Walk along the (frigid) expanse of the bridge itself or enjoy from a remove. (bottom four) The Mission District today.

Wandering Eye - One Day Getaway Wandering Eye - One Day Getaway (top two) Walk along the (frigid) expanse of the bridge itself or enjoy from a remove. (bottom four) The Mission District today. Wandering Eye - One Day Getaway (top two) Walk along the (frigid) expanse of the bridge itself or enjoy from a remove. (bottom four) The Mission District today. Wandering Eye - One Day Getaway (top two) Walk along the (frigid) expanse of the bridge itself or enjoy from a remove. (bottom four) The Mission District today. Wandering Eye - One Day Getaway (top two) Walk along the (frigid) expanse of the bridge itself or enjoy from a remove. (bottom four) The Mission District today. Wandering Eye - One Day Getaway (top two) Walk along the (frigid) expanse of the bridge itself or enjoy from a remove. (bottom four) The Mission District today.

 

Destination: The Mission District

Do walk over to the Mission San Francisco de Asís, more commonly known as Mission Dolores. In addition to being San Francisco's oldest surviving building, the adobe Franciscan mission is one of 21 along the California Mission Trail, sits next to its own basilica, and maintains one of the few remaining cemeteries in the city. But you can be forgiven for not knowing any of that because even the locals aren't particularly aware of the gem in their midst. 

While the Mission District still mostly looks like a well-preserved set from "The Streets of San Francisco" gentrification has taken root, at least according to a newly minted transplant at the local vegetarian cantina. But who knows whether the papered public post and neighborhood market will survive the rising tide of the boutiquerie. Leave 3 hours to perambulate.

 

Wandering Eye: One Day GetawayUnassuming on the outside but with several surprises lying within. Open for self guided tours daily of both the original mission and basilica. Check online schedule for guided and large group options. Wandering Eye: One Day GetawayUnassuming on the outside but with several surprises lying within. Open for self guided tours daily of both the original mission and basilica. Check online schedule for guided and large group options. Wandering Eye: One Day GetawayUnassuming on the outside but with several surprises lying within. Open for self guided tours daily of both the original mission and basilica. Check online schedule for guided and large group options. Wandering Eye: One Day GetawayUnassuming on the outside but with several surprises lying within. Open for self guided tours daily of both the original mission and basilica. Check online schedule for guided and large group options. Wandering Eye: One Day GetawayUnassuming on the outside but with several surprises lying within. Open for self guided tours daily of both the original mission and basilica. Check online schedule for guided and large group options. Wandering Eye: One Day GetawayThe inscription says "in prayerful memory of our faithful Indians". Natives and newcomers alike were buried within the cemetery's walls and spared re-interment outside of the city. Wandering Eye: One Day GetawayRecently canonized, Saint Junípero Serra's shadow extends to Baja California with nine missions erected under his supervision.

Travel tips

BART station San Francisco

      (Air) jetBlue departures from LAX and Long Beach to SFO at $70+

(Ground) BART - Bay Area Rapid Transit at $17+ for round trip to downtown stations from SFO

(Ground) PresidiGo Shuttle from Embarcadero BART station and park interior - free

(Ground) uber X from The Presidio to  Mission District at $17+

(Parking) Long Beach Airport Lot A at $19/day

(Food and Drink/Info) Warming Hut Cafe - Crissy Field $ 

(Food and Drink) Gracias Madre Mission St/18th St. $$

(Food and Drink) Cream 16th St/Valencia St. $

 


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