We found them! Deep in Golden Gate Park there is a paddock full of buffalo. The easiest way to find them is to take the 5 bus all the way to 36th, and walk into the park. You’ll pass Sprekles Lake, curve around to the right, and voila. Buffalo.
Apparently these gentle giants have been in the park since the 1890s, and serve as a reminder of a time when California was the untamed, Wild West. According to the Golden Gate Park website:
“In 1890, a distinct bison cow and one bison bull were transported from the rolling Great Plains to the urban paradise of the Golden Gate Park. Hailing from parts of Wyoming and Kansas, the cow was named Sarah Bernhardt, while the bull was called Ben Harrison. Over the years, more and more bison residents began to find their way to the Golden Gate Park Buffalo Paddock, including three from the Yellowstone National Park in 1905. Before you knew it, the herd showcased 30 bison in 1918. The bison you see today at the paddock are actually descendants of 1984 birthday presents given to the mayor, Dianne Feinstein by her husband.”
Pretty cool, right? You can get pretty close to the paddock in the park, and it’s definitely worth it to go see these guys in person.
2015 is going to be the year of adventure. Said another way, 2015 is going to be the year of planning adventure. Because lets be honest, if I don’t plan it, it probably won’t happen. As much as I’d love to be the spontaneous type who on a moments notice can whisk away into a grand adventure, I’m more of a “lets spontaneously not leave the house and binge watch Revenge” type of girl. Side note to anyone watching Revenge…WHAT IS HAPPENING THIS SEASON?!
Ok, I’m back. So I decided to make a list of places in San Francisco that I want to explore. Some will be simple and quick, some will be all day or even weekend adventures. Here’s my Bay Area Bucket List so far:
Bay Area Bucket List
Walk or Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge
Visit the Palace of Fine Arts
Run Bay to Breakers
Walk Lombard Street
Climb the steps of Coit Tower
Get Dim Sum in China Town
Go Wine Tasting in Sonoma
Go to a Giants Game
Eat chocolate in Ghiradelli Square
Get the password for drinks at Bourbon & Branch
Find Off the Grid
Explore Muir Woods
Run the Mosaic Stairs of 16th
Go hiking in the Presidio
Sail in the Bay
Visit the California Academy of Sciences
View art at the De Young Museum
Slide down the Seward Street slides
Eat clam chowder on the wharf
Find the Buffalo in Golden Gate Park
Check out the cable car museum
Ice skate in Union Square
See the seals at Pier 39
Hike Lands End to the Sutro Baths
That’s 25 things to explore before the year is out…I’ve got my work cut out for me! Stay tuned for blog posts chronicling this adventure. Anything I’ve missed?