Day 4, Thursday, March 29, 2018
On Thursday morning, we split up in the morning because Laura and Brenna wanted to try to get Alcatraz walkup tickets. Lelani dropped them off at the Pier and came back to grab me; lucky for them they did manage to get walkup tickets and had a great time at Alcatraz!
Lelani and I went to Golden Gate Park, and while Lelani took Shaka on a walk, I went to the Japanese Garden. I had been wanting to go to there for years, and I finally got the chance! The San Francisco Japanese Garden is the oldest public Japanese Garden in the United States; it was originally created as a “Japanese Village” exhibit for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exposition. The original garden was about an acre but has been expanded over time to about 5 acres.
It really is a beautiful garden. I wandered around and looked at all the little ponds and water features, the pagodas, and the manicured shrubs. They have a zen garden too.
There were cherry blossoms on the ornamental cherry trees that were beautiful, and the Koi in the ponds were relaxing to watch, as they swam over to see if you would feed them. If you have a chance to go, it is absolutely worth the time. It is a gorgeous garden!
After the Japanese Garden, we headed over to the waterfront to pick up Laura and Brenna, and then went to The Hook for fish and chips. It was delicious – and the sun was getting hot!
Lelani wanted to try on some of the clothes we had seen the day before in Haight-Ashbury so we went back over there and found the shop again – Ambiance. I ended up finding two cute cold-shouldered tops and was so happy with my purchases!
What a fun day and it was only half over!