Sutro Baths-San Francisco

On the Northwest Coast of San Francisco lies a ruin worthy of a visit. It’s called the Sutro Baths. Back in the late 1800′s, the Sutro Baths were a privately owned swimming pool complex of sorts. According to Wikipedia, it was a large glass and concrete structure that had 7 different pools; 1 fresh water pool and the other 6 with salt water that flowed in at high tide. The pools were heated to different temperatures so you could sit in the one that suited you best.  Later a museum of oddities, concert hall and a ice rink were added, but nothing was able to keep it afloat.  In 1966, the complex burned down and was soon demolished. All that remains now are the concrete bases of the pools and some beautiful scenery. The best part is that you can walk and explore the ruins to a certain degree…there is still water in the pools. Some areas have been roped off because of its obvious danger.

Pretty scary sign...

Pretty scary sign...

Here is one of the baths

Here is one of the baths

Isn't that beautiful scenery? We don't look too shabby either :)

Isn't that beautiful scenery? We don't look too shabby either :)

It’s a pretty interesting place.  Check out these links for more information and pictures

Sutro Baths Recent pictures and links to other pages

Video of the awesome slide

More history – mentions the freaky sounding museum

Half Moon Bay

On January 10, 2009, Brett and I drove over to Half Moon Bay for a little adventure. We took our bikes and packed a picnic and drove the hour it takes to get there. Our first stop was to ride our bikes along the bluffs of the beach off of Kelly st. It was a beautiful view from the bluffs. There were a lot of people up there with us riding bikes, roller blading, or walking their dog. We also saw surfers on the ocean in their wet suits trying to surf on the waves. The view from the bluffs off of Kelly St.

Our next stop was to go to the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve where we spent a few hours looking at tide pools and enjoying the warm weather. It was 75 degrees and sunny. No clouds in the sky! We saw a lot of natural wildlife like seals, starfish (orange, brown and black), crabs, hermit crabs, sea urchin, anemone, and mussels. We had a picnic on the beach when we got hungry, then went right back to exploring. We had such a great time and look forward to going back again soon. Here are some pictures of that fun day.

These are some of the seals we saw there.

These are some of the seals we saw there.

This is an orange starfish we saw

This is an orange starfish we saw

This was one of the biggest starfish I have ever seen

This was one of the biggest starfish I have ever seen

This is the black starfish. It looks almost purple in the sunlight. They were hard to find because they blend in so well with the surroundings

This is the black starfish. It looks almost purple in the sunlight. They were hard to find because they blend in so well with the surroundings

There are 2 crabs in this picture. One is in the bottom right corner and looks like rocks. The other is above it and is brown.

There are 2 crabs in this picture. One is in the bottom right corner and looks like rocks. The other is above it and is brown.

There's a little hermit crab in this picture. It's towards the left of the frame.

There's a little hermit crab in this picture. It's towards the left of the frame.

Look at all those sea urchin! Isn't that beautiful?

Look at all those sea urchin! Isn't that beautiful?

Sea Anemone, like where Nemo lives

Sea Anemone, like where Nemo lives

This is a ton of mussels. We didn't even see them until we were right next to them.

This is a ton of mussels. We didn't even see them until we were right next to them.

This is my little explorer. He is so cute!

This is my little explorer. He is so cute!

This is at the end of our exploring. We had such a great time!

This is at the end of our exploring. We had such a great time!