So Many Beautiful Places...

by Ellen in , , ,

I love to explore. There's a reason that so many people live in this area of the United States, and I think it's because when it was "discovered", the discoverers were just so in awe of its natural beauty that they decided to build a city (oh, and the gold). I'm sure a lot of that loveliness died, but what's left of it is still incredible. I've tried to have as many outside adventures as my feet and my bank account will let me have here, and I think I've done pretty well. I've been a lot of places, seen a lot of beautiful sunsets, and I am constantly overwhelmed by all the things to look at around these parts. And I've never even been out of the Bay Area. I can't imagine what else is out there to still be discovered. Well, I'm running out of time, so I'll leave it up to other people who like to explore or Fievel when he goes West.

I see pictures all the time from Lands End. No, not the clothing catalogue, the actual place. It is right my backyard and includes the Barbary Coast Trail, The Cliff House, and Sutro Baths, among other nature-y marvels.

OK, so the Sutro Baths were built by Adolph Sutro in 1896 and was this giant glass and wood building that served as the largest public swimming facility in the world. There were 7 pools, one freshwater and six salt water pools, all temperature controlled. Musee Mechanique and all the stuff that's at Ripley's Believe It or Not were there, too. According to Jack, it was very exciting...but it burned down in 1966. Jack is also sure that it was arson. Anyway, the "ruins" are pretty cool. Modern ruins. What an interesting notion.

I had a good time. The whole place is gorgeous.

Also, I wish the pictures on this blog looked better. The way the blog makes them look is so not ideal. They look a lot better on my computer. Oh well, you get the idea.