May 12th, 2015

bay area bucket list.

It’s my one-year San Franniversary! In order to continue  documenting my adventures in the Bay Area, I made a bucket list to check off what I’ve accomplished and what is still left to explore.

San Francisco
Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge ✓
Walk around Sausalito ✓
Take the ferry to Alcatraz ✓
Watch the sea lions at Fisherman’s Wharf ✓
DeYoung museum ✓
See the Boudin Sourdough Factory ✓
Ghirardelli square ✓
Japanese Tea Garden ✓
Botanical Garden ✓
California Academy of Sciences ✓
Ferry Building Farmer’s Market ✓
Visit Ocean Beach ✓
Climb “Turtle Hill” ✓
Try Fernet ✓
Visit the mosaic steps ✓
Palace of Fine Arts ✓
Golden State Warriors Game ✓
Eat clam chowder & sourdough bread on the wharf ✓
Hike in the Presidio ✓
Roller skating at the Church of 8 Wheels ✓
Bowling in Yerba Buena ✓
Green Apple Bookstore ✓
Eat Chinese food in Chinatown ✓
Vesuvio Café ✓
City Lights Bookstore ✓
Picnic in Golden Gate Park ✓
Champagne Brunch at Cliff House ✓
Take a boat through the Bay ✓
See the “Painted Ladies” ✓
Fortune Cookie Factory in Chinatown ✓
Off the Grid Food Truck Market ✓
Watch New Year’s Fireworks at Embarcadero ✓

[still to do]
Rowboats on Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park
Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge
Legion of Honor
Cable Car Museum
Lands End hike
Sutro Baths
Tacos / burritos in the Mission
San Francisco ballet
San Francisco Broadway show
Tour Anchor Steam factory
Baker Beach
Giants Game
Conservatory of Flowers
SF Zoo
SF Mead Co.

Bay Area & Beyond
Visit Sonoma / Napa ✓
Join a wine club ✓
Take a limo to wine country for the day ✓
Muir Woods ✓
Rodeo Beach ✓
Hike in the Marin Headlands ✓
Pescadero ✓
Monterey ✓
Carmel-by-the-sea ✓
Drive down the Pacific Coast Hwy ✓
Berkeley ✓
Oakland ✓
Jack London SP ✓
Yosemite NP ✓
Kayaking in Point Reyes NS ✓
Big Sur / Los Padres NP ✓
China Camp SP ✓
Lake Tahoe in the winter ✓
McWay Falls, Big Sur ✓
See the Tule Elk in Point Reyes ✓
Heidrun Meadery ✓
Angel Island SP ✓

[still to do]
Dipsea Trail
Gold rush towns
Stinson Beach
Sequoia NP
Russian River
Hike Mt. Diablo
Stay at Deetjan’s in Big Sur
Lake Tahoe in the summer
Skiing in / near Tahoe
Big Basin SP
Drink Pliny the Younger

  • B.

    I would love to visit SanFran! It looks like you’ve seen/done a lot but still have plenty to do! Have fun completing your lists!

    • Abby

      Put it on your list, for sure. It’s one of the coolest (but most expensive) cities I’ve ever visited.

  • suki

    For only one year, you’ve done so much! :)

    • Abby

      I DO feel fairly accomplished. Some of the things are seasonal though, so I am waiting patiently. ;)

  • Usagi

    Wow! You’ve done a lot more then me and I was born here. Glad your first year in the city has been a blast!

    • Abby

      Thanks lady, it really really has been a blast living here!

  • Kate / @heyescapist

    Um, all of this sounds wonderful. You’ve done so much. And FORTUNE COOKIE FACTORY? Please make that one happen soon so I can live vicariously through you.

    • Abby

      I KNOW RIGHT? I am going to try to do that and the Anchor Steam tour soon.

  • Sarah

    I only just moved to Portland and made my very own bucket list! I wish I had done more or created a bucket list when I lived in SF, there was so much I wanted to do. I’m glad I can vicariously live through you, though! Congrats on doing so much!

    • Abby

      Portland is another city I’d love to see a bucket list for. I’ve never been, but I imagine there’s quite a lot to do.

  • Erini

    This is an awesome idea! I think I might have to make one for stuff to do in Indiana (which might help when I get homesick for Chicago). Also: thanks for chronically a lot of your adventures! It’s always so fun to see what you’re up to. :)

    • Abby

      You totally should! I would love to read your Indiana list. I intend to make one for Texas as well. :)

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  • Kristina

    I may have to borrow this list for the Bay! If you’re going to do the Pliny the Younger session my friends did it last year. I think it took them a couple hours to get to the front of the line and it started raining too. So if you decide to do it, be prepared to stand outside in possibly inclement weather :)

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