Bay Area Tourist

This weekend I had an awesome opportunity to do something new in California that I hadn’t done before: oyster shucking. I’m from Rhode Island and yet I will shamefully admit that before this weekend I had never attempted to shuck an oyster . But a few of my friends were in town and a group of people were going to shuck oysters so I put on my shucking clothes and shuck I did.

Oysters in need of a good shuck

We went to Tomales Bay to the Tomales Bay Oyster Company picnicking area. Definitely worth the trip if you’re in the area (although it does get super crowded so it’s worth getting there early to get a picnic table and grill). It was a gorgeous day out and it wound up beingĀ  so much fun. I may not be a master of oysters yet, but I shucked a fair few and had a ton of fun doing it. All in all it was a great day of eating, drinking and spending time outside.

Patrick wanted this whole post to be about him. He gets one picture instead.

A small glimpse of the food

In the spirit of doing new things in California (I also spent time wandering Hayes Valley with friends and hung out in Dolores Park), I woke up today determined to cross something off my tourist list: a visit to the Legion of Honor and/or the De Young. Both museums have been on my list for a while and I just haven’t made it to either. In fact with as much time as I’ve spent in San Francisco now it’s embarrassing how little I’ve done in the city. I’m a little hesitant to give myself over to being a tourist, especially since being a tourist alone can be awkward and tiring. Or I suppose it might be the people in fanny packs who are tiring.

But today I was committed. Today I was going to do it. Today I had to wake up at 6:30 AM so I may or may not have been operating solely on an extended caffeine buzz. I made breakfast, sent emails, applied to 4 more jobs and finally I was going to get my art nerd on. You could call me the unstoppable Otto!

…except it’s Monday and both museums are closed. Biggest bummer ever. I may wind up walking around the mission or doing something else San Francisco-y, but I’m a little bummed I forgot the first rule of touristing: check when it’s open.

Also on my list waiting to be checked off? Alcatraz, go to a Giants game, go on a Bay cruise, Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, walking tour (preferably a history-laden one so I can be a really huge loser), the SF Zoo. A bit farther away? I’m hoping to go to Carmel/Monterey, if only for the aquarium.

Anyone have any other good suggestions of a way to fill a few hours while in the city? Must-visit neighborhoods, good restaurants or hidden gems?

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