Wednesday, May 13, 2009

San Francisco

May 3-May 6, 2009
San Francisco, California

There are supposedly letterboxes in Golden Gate Park - 4 of them, to be precise. But though Crabby and I searched for two and a half hours - IN the RAIN! - we did not manage to find a single one! This may be the truest depths of letterboxing disappointment - visiting a new place with no stamps to show! Here is my new buddy Crabby - who arrived in the nick of time to accompany me on this mission - sitting on a flowery tree in Golden Gate Park. My camera really downplays the whole rainy atmosphere thing ... but this was not one of my best letterboxing days! So much to see and so little time in SF to see it meant I had to take full advantage of all the opportunities to play tourist before the conference started - but next time I should really pack an umbrella!
This cactus is part of clue for the letterbox called "off to see the wizard" near the conservancy of flowers. the part that threw us off was my inability to identify scrub oak ... I think the oak was hiding from me out of fear I'd turn it into biofuels (the subject of the conference that brought me to SF).Golden Gate Bridge - proof that we were there (on a foggy, foggy day!)
We also went searching for a letterbox that was actually on the balcony of our hotel! "Open to the Public - 888 Howard Street" - also in the rain, but we chickened out from searching too much because there were other people around. Hopefully we will have better luck in Minneapolis!!

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