Exploring California – A Hike To The Golden Gate Bridge
The Golden Gate Bridge hike is quite nature focused surprisingly. The bridge itself was the very first landmark my family and I visited when we first immigrated to the United States so it is something that I hold dear in my heart. It means home and it serves as a reminder of the things I have accomplished in this country, and an inspiration to keep pursuing new goals and achievements no matter how small.
Since I now live only 1.5 hours away from San Francisco, it is often a weekend destination for me as I do love to explore this city. This past weekend, we were in SF to witness the Chinese New Year’s Celebration in Chinatown thinking the parade was this weekend. After realizing that is not until mid-February, I ended up going on a solo hike instead (family decided to stay at Ghirardelli area) to the very spot my uncle took us to over 20 years ago.
To get here from the south or south on CA Hwy 101, take the Alexander Avenue exit. I was coming from the city headed northbound and I decided to make a quick stop at the vista point to appreciate this view of the city. This past Saturday was such a nice day. After so much rain, I was happy to see sunshine and blue skies.
After exiting on Alexander Avenue, I made a left turn at the stop sign, went through the tunnel and on the other side, turned left onto Conzelman Road. There are a few spots that you can park along the way but they were full so I drove all the way up to the roundabout and parked there. That was actually a great idea because I got to enjoy many different angles of the bridge as I hiked on the edge of the mountain towards it.
I stopped by here for a moment and watched the ant-size traffic, the sailboats, and occasional small plane pass by. This little spot reminded me of the opening scene of the Sound of Music. I literally wanted to twirl around here! 🙂 This was quite the popular spot for the few that dared to hike down a bit from the paved path.
I continued on my walk until I got closer..
.. and closer..
.. and even more to the Golden Gate Bridge
Since it was a clear day, I could actually see the small island to the left which is Alcatraz.
Last time I was in San Francisco, I also visited Baker Beach for the first time. Interestingly enough, Baker Beach is across the bay from the spot I was at this past weekend.
Before heading back home to Sacramento, we decided to have a late lunch at Hang Ah Dim Sum Tea House in Chinatown. This place has been around since 1920, and according to them, the first dim sum place established in the U.S. The restaurant is not huge. It was packed during the time we were there with a long line waiting. Luckily, we got there right before this line started to form. The service was not the best, but I understand because they were super busy. The food, however, made up for the service. I loved how their dishes were not super salty, yet still flavorful. We tried the bbq pork buns and the curry potstickers. Their steamed shumai and shrimp dumplings were delicious as well, as the tea!
Overall, it was a wonderful day in San Francisco! Have you been to San Francisco? What was your fondest memory? Any favorite spots I should check out in the future?