Today was a totally special day for me. My brother, sister and I got together, just the three of us, and spent the day in San Francisco. I am the oldest with my sister Marcia about six years behind me and Dave a big 14 years behind me. So basically we didn't grow up together. We all agreed that today had to be the absolute FIRST day EVER that we have been together, just us, goofing around, exploring and have fun. Considering I'm pushing 59, that is really pathetic. Oh well, anyway . . .
We started out at the Steinhart aquarium at their temporary location south of Market while the new, seismically unchallenged building is constructed. The first picture is a school of Pirahna
The seabass filling the tank window here weighs in at about 300 pounds. Quite by accident, the picture also included a youngster at the edge of the tank and gives some great scale so you have an idea of just how big this big boy is.
The name on the crayfish is so odd. It is a brilliant blue as you can see but because of red markings on its claws, it is called the Red-Clawed Crayfish. They are very prolific critters with a range that extends from British Columbia to Australia.
After we left the aquarium we headed for Golden Gate Park. They now have underground parking which makes seeing things so much easier. We discovered that the de Young Museum had been razed and rebuilt. Can't say that I think much of the new building. Very modern construction and I'm more traditional girl. Marcia and David (here) did not like it at all.
In between the aquarium and the park we drove a bit around the city and decided to stop for lunch. One of the wonderful things about S.F. is its neighborhoods. Dave spotted this little cafe as we drove by and yet again the parking angels were with us and we went to check it out. We are so glad we did. It had a small and funky little vibe to it and seemed to be frequented by neighborhood locals.
An older gentleman welcomed us, seemed to be busy doing things and I couldn't figure out if he was the very welcoming owner or just a friendly guy. As it turned out, lunch was delish and Dave got into his favorite position and kicked back later to let the food settle before we took off for Gold Gate Park.