San Francisco has a lot of great attributes, but despite being virtually surrounded by water - and because of the warm air/cold water environment that creates - this city just doesn't have good beach weather. We have wind. And fog. And summer days that often don't get out of the 50s. This city is, sadly, not a lay-out-on-the-beach place.
Yesterday, however, was an exception. It was warm and clear, and not too windy. So I packed my bag and went to Baker Beach.
I don't go there often, but it's one of the prettiest spots in the city. And the rest of the city hadn't caught on to the good weather yet, so it was still kind of quiet yesterday afternoon.
I read and watched a couple of barges pass under the Golden Gate Bridge. And I saw two (or possibly three) whales jumping through the surf! I've lived in San Francisco for 12 years, and for half that time I lived at the beach, and I've never seen a whale here before.
When the bus-load of middle schoolers arrived, it was time for me to roll up my beach towel and head home. As I boarded the bus, I realized that I've taken buses to beach days all over the country, but I'm pretty sure I've never gotten on a bus in San Francisco toting a beach towel covered in sand.
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