A walk in the park…

ended up turning into a whole-day event when I decided to hang out at the Golden Gate Park some Saturday morning.  After a 45-minute bus ride from my old Noe Valley sublet I was wandering the park aimlessly trying to remember where I was supposed to meet the church youth group I was planning on meeting up with.  I had previously volunteered to help out chaperone some of the church kids to the opening of the new Academy of Sciences in the park.  By luck I ended up meeting with the wee crew but didn’t end up going to the Academy.  Apparently, all of San Francisco new of the Grand Opening (and the free admittance) and most of the kids started to cry upon seeing the 2-mile long line they’d have to wait in.  As fun as it was standing around with a bunch of kids I didn’t know ( but seriously, some of them were cool.. snotty.. but cool) I decided to go off and explore on my own when a buddy called to meet me at the park.

Josh and Kristin met me near eastern end of the park with goodies in the form of grapes and wine.  We decided to settle in at Hippie Hill.  Famous in the 60’s for the droves of young people that filled the grass searching for personal freedom, peace in a time of war, and marijuana - not much had changed from where I sat.

Josh and wine Horn blower People at Hippie Hill Drum circle

Weed smoke filled the air along with the melodic (somewhat) beat from the drum circle that formed frequently at the bottom of the hill. In the drum circle you’d find people with all types of percussion/percussiony instruments/buckets drumming to a beat that seemed to morph every few minutes. Looking around I noticed much of what went on at Hippie Hill happened at most, if not all (though I have yet experience all) of the parks in San Francisco, though at a much more exuberant scale. A few feet away from us was the famous Janice Joplin tree.

Janice Joplin tree

History books say Ms. Joplin used to sit in the tree guitar-in-hand, heroin-in-blood and sing out to her loyal fans at the hill.

We sat for an hour or so listening to the drums, taking in the sun - and the wine, and talked about possibly going to other parts of the park to see whats-what. Remembering the park is over 1000 acres and that my iphone didn’t have exact routes for in-park travel we decided to save it for another day.

Next up at the Golden Park will be visits to:

  • Japanese tea garden
  • The Academy of Sciences - and actually getting in
  • Bison - living at the park
  • The cool waterfall that someone told me was at the park

So stay tuned.

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