Well, guess we go to plan B.
We decided to do one of the activities on our list of things to do in the city : Land's End. I had been to the Land's End area when I went to the Cliff House a couple weeks ago. I wanted to hike there with Marc though, so I didn't venture any farther than that. We decided to start our hike at Sutro's Baths, part of Sutro Heights Park.
Sutro's Baths are located in the Outer Richmond area. They were built and opened in 1896 by the wealthy and slightly eccentric former mayor of San Francisco Adolph Sutro, who also owned the Cliff House at the time. Considered to be quite technologicaly advanced for its time, the pool complex housed seven pools of varying temperatures - and all but one was salt water. The tides from the ocean (only feet away from the complex) refreshed and recycled the water (and we ALL know why pool water needs to be refreshed) throughout the day. Though they were a fun commodity for San Franciscians to enjoy, they struggled to stay open because of high operating and maintainence costs. Sutro's Baths closed and shortly after they burned to the ground in 1966.
All that remains of Sutro's Baths now is a skeleton of pools and lots and lots of bird poop.
Sutro's Baths was still quite beautiful in the fog. And of course over the ruins we had amazing views.
Aside: When we told people from San Francisco we went to Baker Beach, we got wide-eyed responses of "Be careful, because sometimes a nudist group is there..." We were thankful we went on a cold day. Chalk that up as one of the places we will not be bringing our parents to whenever they visit...
We walked and walked and saw China Beach, Baker Beach, and a couple random beaches at the end that provided breathtaking views of the Golden Gate Bridge. Like a tourist still, I have a childlike fascination with the Bridge and always have to take a photo (or ten) of it even though I already have plenty. It's even beautiful in the fog. I can't help it.
All in all, it was a fun day. We enjoyed spending some time together. Marc and I have the best conversations when we are doing something. Learning to use our cameras together has been a great hobby for us because we learn more about each other from the different perspectives with which we approach the world through a lens.