This past week, I was in San Francisco for a conference called JiveWorld09. It was the inaugural users conference for Jive software's Social Business System software. It was a very exciting and vibrant conference with lots of excitement and good information. It was housed in the very hip W hotel. Besides having very comfortable beds, the decor is very modern. Even the elevators were unusually decorated with a hologram picture of cherry trees and black lights.
I brought my camera with me (or course) and took a little break yesterday after lunch on Wednesday. The hotel was near a lovely park with fountains and a great view.
The conference ended at midday today, so I took a taxi with a co-worker to North Beach. We went our separate ways, and I started heading upward towards Coi Tower. It was a gorgeous day and from the hill, I could see both the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge.
From there, I started walking towards Fisherman's Wharf (Pier 39). I was getting hungry so I bypassed that area and went to Fort Mason. I had a wonderful lunch at Greens Restaurant (located just west of Fort Mason). It had a beautiful view of a marina with the Golden Gate bridget in the background. I had considered turning around and heading back towards Fishermn's Wharf when I finished, but a post on my Facebook account encouraged me to continue towards the Golden Gate Bridge. So I did.
I walked to the park adjacent to the bridge . I didn't walk all the way to the bridge as I wanted to make sure I had plenty of time to get back before my legs gave out and it turned dark. (I didn't want to get caught in a place where there were no taxis). The tide was out so I was able to walk out on the beach. Lots of people with their dogs were out walking or playing. One particular dog with amazing energy caught my eye. If he could, I think he would have dug a hole to China. Ah, to have such energy.
On my way back, I walked toward an odd building i could see from the distance. The structure was part of the Exploratorium, the museum of science, art, and human perception. I didn't go inside, but rather walked around the columns. It wasa amazing and reminded me of the structures seen in Italy. I headed back to Ghiradelli Sqare to purchase some chocolate and then back to Fisherman's Wharf. I ended up taking a cab back to the hotel and had a lovely talk with the driver. I had seen a camera truck towing an ambulance which I figured out was filming for a tv show. He told me about the various sorts of filming he had seen in the city.
Overall, it was a lovely day. I probably walked at least 6 miles but it was worth it.