We went to see ‘Iron Lady’ last night, and it ended up being a double feature with ‘My Week With Marilyn’ meaning that we did not get back home and into bed until late. The reason this is important is because we had a hike planned for today, and we needed to get up early to make sure it happened. Many a Saturday starts with the attempt to get up that quickly demoralizes into laziness. Luckily, Nathaniel got up a half hour after he said he would and we made it out the door by nine.
The difference with this hike is that it wasn’t a mountain or out in the forest, but an urban hike. As a couple trying to loose weight together, it is important to try and find activities that you enjoy that also provide exercise. We planned on taking a walk/hike from the ferry building at the embarcadero to a restaurant in the Sunset.
San Francisco is roughly seven miles wide with some intense hills so we really had no idea how long the ‘urban hike’ was going to take.
We left the car at the Daily City Bart and took the train to the embarcadero stop, which is about a block away from the Ferry building. Saturdays it hosts a moderate sized farmers market with plenty of food vendors and vegetables. Seeing as it is our free day, we had a, don’t laugh, vegan doughnut (that was delicious) and a chocolate chip sea salt cookie at the ferry building before taking off.
Our path (see above), lead through the city into Golden Gate park and ended in the outer sunset. We were going to have lunch at Outerlands but it was too busy so we ended up having a delicious snack at Beachside Café. After Beachside we took muni back to the car.
All in all, we walked 7.8 miles today, while still enjoying the fact that it was free day and we could eat whatever we wanted.
In the past Nathaniel has mentioned that he would push free days to the max (KFC, McDonalds, brownies, cakes, etc) and while the entire idea of the day is to be rewarded for the week’s diet/exercise we try and not go overboard on what we have.
It was a great day full of good conversation and some amazing sites of the city along with a good amount of exercise.