Today turned out to be quite a challenge! This was the most planned-out day we’ve had. We got started about three hours behind, but that didn’t really matter in the end. As soon as we were up and at ‘em, we went to Mama’s to stand in line for breakfast. The line ended up taking a little over an hour before we got a table. People in front of us were dropping like flies, waiting for 20-30 minutes and then giving up. We stuck it out though, and it was SO worth it. I had what was without a doubt the absolute BEST Monte Cristo I’ve ever had in my life. The Mama’s Cristo. If you’re ever in SF, you WILL eat at Mama’s and you WILL suck it up and wait in line. Emily had some of the prettiest french toast I’ve ever seen too.
After brunch, we walked to a camera store so I could pay too much for a replacement neck strap. I found out that the strap I have came with a five-year warranty, so maybe I’ll be able to get it fixed after all! Anyway, we got the strap and rode to the Exploratorium, where we were reminded that this week is Spring Break. Children were running around EVERYWHERE, touching EVERYTHING. The Exploratorium itself is actually extremely cool and packed with interesting stuff. I was just afraid to touch a lot of it because of nasty little kids.
After the Exploratorium, we walked to Coit Tower. That was a very easy sentence to write. Walking to Coit Tower from the Exploratorium was KILLER. It was a half mile just to get to the first set of stairs, the Filbert Steps. Then we climbed 454 steps up to the base of the tower. Luckily they had an elevator to get us to the very top, where I shot this picture. We could see for miles in every direction up there. It was so cool! Resting was also very nice.
From Coit Tower, we walked down to a little shop called Park & Pond, which is essentially the DIME store of San Francisco–everything they sell was made by people within 100 miles of the city. They had some great stuff in there! I definitely spent more money in that place than I have anywhere else on this trip so far. Loved it. The woman working there recommended a dinner place called the House, which was OK. The cool thing was that we stumbled upon some real-life Bansky art, and what appeared to have been a Nike photoshoot going on in the street. So cool! The rest of the evening was spent shopping up and down Market Street, Super Duper Burger milkshakes in hand. Awesome day.