Thursday, January 05, 2006

The Rains

As you have undoubtedly read, or experienced if you live in the Bay Area, we've been getting buckets of rain. While there was significant damage in the city of Napa and in San Anselmo in Marin County, San Francisco was pretty much unscathed. Heavy rain is normal for this time of year, but there are also many warm sunny days between the storms, such as yesterday. The clearest days of the year are often during the winter. Often you can see the Farallon Islands, which lie 30 miles off the cost, on a clear, winter day.

I did a few tours during the rains and my guests were able to enjoy many of San Francisco's wonderful sights in the dry comfort of Blue Heron's van. Coit Tower still provided one of the great views of San Francisco Bay. Old Fort Point, below the Golden Gate Bridge, is always a great vista point; however, on foggy or cloudy days it frequently provides the best view of the Golden Gate and the Bridge. I took one couple to see the beautiful murals on Balmy Alley in the Mission District. Rather than walking the block, we stayed dry and slowly drove this block-long treasure. Don't let the rains stop you, with Blue Heron you can stay dry and see the sights.

If you are traveling on your own, San Francisco's many museums are great activities on rainy days. In addition to the major museums -- San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, De Young museum, Legion of Honor, and Asian Art museum, there are great small museums. I highlighted some of these small museums, along with other rainy day activities, in the December 2003 "Rick's Tips." The Museums of African Diaspora and Craft and Folk Art, which I discussed in my last post, are also good places to visit on rainy, and sunny, days.

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