Upon Luke's arrival, we quickly settled into our AirBNB apartment. It didn't take us long to realize that the apartment was located in one of the sketchier areas of town, the Tenderloin. San Francisco real estate and rentals are very expensive so we wanted to find some reasonably priced accommodations not too far from the downtown area. The apartment itself was good, but the area isn't somewhere you'd like to hang around for long.
In the afternoon we went to Dolores Park, in The Mission, and met up with some of the people from Elizabeth's Grad Induction. The view from the park was great, and we came across a few interesting characters walking around.
Needless to say, on Sunday we got off to a late start. We caught a cab to Golden Gate Park and started off our tourism at the California Academy of Sciences. We wanted to fit in a couple of attractions in the afternoon, so we didn't have a whole lot of time. We started off by wandering through the rainforest dome in the centre of the building, which houses rainforest wildlife and reminded us of a mini Montreal Biodome.
After taking the opportunity to test out the earthquake simulator, we finished up at the Academy of Sciences by visiting an interesting exhibit on skulls.
Before making our way back to the apartment, we hung out by a fountain in Golden Gate Park, and walked through the Haight and Ashbury neighbourhood on our way back. Haight and Ashbury was the centre of the hippie subculture in San Francisco the 1960s and still retains some of that vibe.
To see the rest of our posts about our trip:
A Week in San Francisco (Part I)
Napa Valley Monday
A Week in San Francisco (Part II)
A Week in San Francisco (Part III)
Muir Woods Friday
A Week in San Francisco (Part IV)
Here are a few more pictures from our first day and a half: