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San Francisco, Day 8: Surf's Up (18/01)

I'd originally planned returning to FC, but nobody else was going, and two hours each way on public transport, on my own, didn't seem like a great use of my holiday time.

"So what's the plan?" Howard asked.
"I thought we could take the N line to the end and go to Ocean Beach."
"That's exactly what I was thinking!"

So we did.

The famous San Francisco fog was rolling across the sand in cold clouds, but in the gaps it was sunny, with surfers and dogs disporting themselves among the huge breakers. I suddenly realised that this must be where the beach sequence in Herbie Rides Again is set, and probably filmed, which made me very excited.

We treated ourselves to brunch in the gorgeous surroundings of Cliff House, looking out over the bay. I had Eggs San Francisco: poached eggs with crab on sourdough toast. This came with roast potatoes, because America, and a small fruit salad, because California. I accompanied my meal with a raspberry jalapeno margarita, on Kate's earlier assurance that cocktails with brunch were A Thing here and didn't necessarily make you an alcoholic.

Afterwards we walked some of the coastal trail, with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge around every turn, before completing our San Francisco transport bingo card with a ride on one of the 1950s streetcars that ply the F line. Dinner at Burgermeister, which was just by our home Muni stop and where I'd been dying to eat since I first set eyes on it.

Dog, Ocean Beach

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It's difficult to convey to anyone who hasn't seen Ocean Beach just what makes it so magical. But there it is - just a hop on the L, and there you are. (Back in 2005, I lived along the L, which would trundle past until midnight or so, before being replaced by the nighttime buses. It always seemed sort of comforting.. but seeing that view, just down the road.. oh, really, that's not a bad way to start a day!)

I admit, I'm just not wired for brunch. Or even lunch! My system's innately Mediterranean - roll on the night, and let the evening-long meals begin. ^_^
It was the sudden realisation that this was the Pacific that did it for me!

Oh, I'm a big fan of brunch. Couldn't do without lunch either. But there is much to be said for a long, drawn-out evening of food, drink and socialising.
You certainly made good use of your days it seems. I hadn't heard of ocean beach before. I googled it, and it seems like a beautiful place.

But having cocktails so early on the day kinda makes you feel like a drunky doesn't it :P
Ha ha, it really does! But there was so much food that I didn't feel much effect from the booze.