At no point in my childhood did I realize how freaking spoiled I was to grow up in San Francisco.
Golden Gate Park especially was something that I was so accustomed to just having in my life. With its proximity to our humble apartment in the Richmond District, I found myself in Golden Gate Park with my family or friends at least every weekend. It was where you went for field trips, birthday parties, play dates, and, as I'm sure I would have discovered if I had stayed in SF a little longer, first dates as well.
Alec, one of my closest childhood friends, and I frequently spent time in the park together. Not only did we get to hang out in the open areas, but his parents had memberships to all the park museums as well. Now, as a 21 year old adult (ha), they still have those memberships for me to benefit from :) John and I got into the California Academy of Sciences for free and we took full advantage of its offerings.
In particular, the showing of Incoming! on the world's largest digital planetarium dome was absolutely incredible. As we glided through the solar system, Incoming! evoked a tiny blue dot moment where I was reminded of how vast the universe is and how insignificant my problems are in the grand scheme of things. Indeed, as this showing reminded me, the world does not revolve around me.
After spending all morning at the Academy of Sciences, we made our way to the 6th floor tower of the De Young Art Museum. We unfortunately didn't have time to view any of the actual art exhibits, but we got some great panoramic views of San Francisco. Despite the fog, you could still catch glimpses of the bridge. I pointed out roughly where we were going for lunch, and that's where we went next!