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GETTING OUTDOORS IN AND NEAR SAN FRANCISCO

GETTING OUTDOORS IN AND NEAR SAN FRANCISCO

The good news is that you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and are ready to pack your bags and travel.

The bad news is that the “original” novel coronavirus and its variants are still moving through the world and that none of the available vaccines provide 100% immunity from them.

You want to head to San Francisco and your anti-COVID strategy is to spend as much time as possible outdoors during your stay.

The good news is that if you are going to visit between now (mid-to-late April) and October the odds that you will get rained on are low. But summer in and around the City of San Francisco can be windy, foggy and cold, at least at times. So sweaters, jackets and long pants and long-sleeved shirts should be in your suitcase, not just shorts and tee-shirts.

Here are some suggestions for outdoor activities during your stay. Some visitor facilities in the San Francisco Bay Area mentioned it this story may be closed due to the pandemic so be sure to check online to see what will actually be open during your stay.

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San Francisco’s “Hidden” Public Places, Public Art

San Francisco’s “Hidden” Public Places, Public Art

Like any large city, San Francisco has a myriad of government owned parks and plazas that are open to the public.

But unknown to many “locals” as well as visitors, are “Privately-Owned Public Open Space” (also know by the acronym, “POPOS”).

( David McSpadden Flickr Photo)
( David McSpadden Flickr Photo)

The city’s Planning Department says that they are “publicly accessible spaces in forms of plazas, terraces, atriums, small parks, and even snippets that are provided and maintained by private developers. In San Francisco, POPOS mostly appear in the Downtown office district area.”

The Department also points out that the city “has a ‘1% Art Program’ that requires that large projects in the Downtown and nearby neighborhoods provide public art that equals at least 1% of the total construction cost.”

But how do you find these places?

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Finding Fine Art in San Francisco

Finding Fine Art in San Francisco

I’m not an “Art Museum Kind of Guy.”

That doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate “fine art” or “artsy-craftsy” art.

I’d just rather see it in place, someplace, rather than in a stuffy old museum.

(Dustin Gaffke Flickr Photo)
(Dustin Gaffke Flickr Photo)

But now and again, I make an exception to my general disinterest in visiting art museums, and in San Francisco, I make two.

Found in My Own Backyard: San Francisco’s Museum Gem,” took you on a virtual tour of one of those exceptions: The Legion of Honor, located in Lincoln Park, on the far west side of the city, just blocks from the Pacific Ocean.

This time I’ll show you the second of San Francisco’s Fine Art Museums, the deYoung in Golden Gate Park, a little less than three miles and an eight minute drive to the southeast of the Legion of Honor.

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