As I mentioned, I went to San Francisco for work - a trade show at the Moscone Center. I had no idea how much free time I might have so I planned for everything with the expectation of nothing. Luckily, each day I was dismissed for a few hours and found myself wandering these pedestrian-friendly streets.
In total, I "found" 8 Virtuals* including Escape from Alcatraz on my final day, 7 Traditionals, 1 puzzle and 1 webcam.... in one of the most beautiful cities of the world! I feel lucky that I can share with you some of the highlights and the beautiful areas they appear in. *Note: I've specially cropped all the Virtuals so as not to give away any spoilers.
Each day started me off stepping out of the Marriott Marquis and into the Yerba Buena Gardens - the Moscone Center was just one block south.
|Marriott Marquis on the left|
I stayed on the top floor of the mid tower
As such, I would pass this fellow every day, at least twice a day. Meet the Shakin' Man! He was a local favorite. It seemed like each time I passed someone was taking their picture with him. One day I watch as a homeless man held an entire conversation with him. And, for the Gay Pride Parade, he was decked out in red flowers!
|Whole Lot of Shakin' GCC0E7|
Opening it up, it's full! So, being the generous heart I am, I swapped my several dozen for it's two dozen and met some fellow convention-goers (and cachers) in the interim! This was my first California cache, and I earned my souvenir!
|California Gold TB Hotel GC15XK4|
|Laughing Sal's GCBD0A|
Morning broke, and that left me with a question. Do I go out and grab a cache before the conference or do I hope I will have time after today's events to find one? Luckily, I was still on Michigan-time so I moseyed out of the hotel at 6am for a cache across the street... 59 feet from the front door!
|What Does the Fox Say? GC5PBJ1|
|Always LOOK UP!|
|San Francisco Bay Bridge|
Seen from the Exploratorium's deck
|Why isn't there a cache here????|
|Bamboo Alley GC12F27|
As I approached this statue to claim another virtual, I was approached by a petitioner who was advocating Gay equality in the workplace. I didn't mean to chuckle at him. I told him I'm from out of town and it's a non-issue where I'm from. I live in Ferndale, Michigan, where, among my non-geocaching friends, I'm pretty much the only straight one around. But I applauded his passion. I thought it was fitting that he was working his petition under a statue celebrating the working man.
|Working Downtown GCC504|