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A Noob’s One Year Adventure in San Francisco

July 11th, 2010 · 11 Comments · San Francisco · By: Casi

I have now officially been living in San Francisco for 1 year! I can’t believe it! I am so thankful to live in this city that has opened me up to so many new experiences in my life. I have never been more happy than when Greg and I packed up that U-Haul a year ago and headed up here. There have been some ups and downs, but nothing can truly bring me down as long as I have San Francisco.

Here is a look back at some of my favorite noob missions throughout San Francisco. I ranked my top ten adventures, but after that it’s a free for all. Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of this post….and enjoy all the awesomeness that is SAN FRANCISCO!

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1. Sutro Heights Park and Sutro Baths – My absolute favorite place in the whole world to watch the sunset. Sutro Heights Park and Sutro Baths are pretty much my backyard. Every morning I wake up to seals barking on Seal Rock, and fall asleep every night to the (now) calming sound of fog horns and waves on Ocean Beach. [photo by Julie Michelle]
[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfrancisconoobs/3715193218/[/flickr] 2. Lands End Trail – I know people will argue that Baker Beach is the best spot to relax with a view of the Golden Gate Bridge, but I still think the view from Lands End Trail beats it.
[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfrancisconoobs/4580479280/[/flickr] 3. At&T Park – Giants Vs. Pirates & Giants Vs. Rockies – I will remember this park for the rest of my life because it is where I enjoyed one of my first sunny days in San Francisco and where I had my first BFF date with Lauren.
[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfrancisconoobs/4763810437/[/flickr] 4. 4th of July Weekend – Who doesn’t like fireworks! A lot of people leave San Francisco this holiday weekend, but I will forever be one of the faithful who stick around for the foggy-works show at Fisherman’s Wharf.
[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfrancisconoobs/4783980452/[/flickr] 5. Real Girls Media – When I landed a job in San Francisco my move had officially become a successful one.
[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfrancisconoobs/4359295655/[/flickr] 6. Valentines Day Pillow Fight – One of the many things I have done in San Francisco that I never even thought possible.
[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfrancisconoobs/4616121698/[/flickr] 7. Bay to Breakers – The costumes. The people. The floats. The drinks. the party. The smiles. The fun. All made for an amazing hike through this amazing city.
[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfrancisconoobs/4675571201/[/flickr] 8. Park Hopping – I found my love for parks when I moved to San Francisco. There are so many beautiful ones here where people of all ages come to enjoy a day in the sun with friends and family…and cute puppies too!
[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfrancisconoobs/3830687905/[/flickr] 9. California Academy of Sciences – My absolute favorite museum(?) in the city. The constantly changing exhibits makes for a fun day, or evening during their Nightlife events.
[flickr size=”small” float=”left”]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sanfrancisconoobs/4399905281/[/flickr] 10. Muni – I don’t care what anyone says about muni, but it has been one of the best things to have happened to me since I moved here. Yes, it has it’s not so charming moments, but I absolutely LOVE not owning a car. I can handle the occasional crackhead/delay/crowd/smell for some quality book reading time on my daily commute.

San Francisco Zoo
Golden Gate Bridge
The Presidio
Archery in Golden Gate Park
Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies
Duboce Park
Fleet Week
Christmas in San Francisco
Hyatt Grandview
SFMOMA
Kimpton Hotels
Wine Tasting in Healdsburg
Urban Tavern
Bistro Central Parc
Farming in Oakland
Trader Joe’s
Zeitgeist
The Mission
Movie in the Park
Yerba Buena Gardens
Tech Events in San Francisco
Japanese Tea Garden, SF Botanical Gardens & the Conservatory of Flowers
Women Who Like Beer Meetup
Coit Tower
Perez Hilton Book Signing
China Beach
Halloween
Comedy Day in the Park
West Fest: 40th Anniversary of Woodstock
Sausalito
Muir Woods
St. Patricks Day Parade
The Marina
Sundance Kabuki Cinema
Metreon Theatre
OSHA Thai Restaurant
Rock Make Street Festival
Louis’ Restaurant
Tee Off Bar and Grill
Disk Golf At Golden Gate Park
Boudin Bakery In Fisherman’s Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf
Market Street from Gough to Embarcadero
Tiernan’s Irish Pub
Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant
S.N.O.B. Wine Bar and McTeague’s Saloon

It’s so crazy to make a list like this of all the amazing things I have done in my one year here in San Francisco. I owe a big thanks to all of you who have gone through these adventures with me, whether that be in person or simply by reading my noob-tacular blog. I love you all! So much so, that I would like to give one of you amazing readers a $25 gift card to San Francisco’s famous: Philz Coffee. All you have to do is follow SFNoobs on Twitter and leave a comment on this post with your favorite San Francisco event/bar/restaurant/museum/park/etc. I’ll pick a winner at random next Thursday at 4p.m. Now get going!

Casi


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  • http://youtube.com/castaa Castaa

    That's quite a list. I also did the majority of those things on the list this year as well. $25 at Phil'z huh? That's like 3 whole cups of coffee. ;) It's funny that's it Phil'z because my friend had been raving about it for a while now and I had my first cup there less than a week ago.

    I vote for Rosamunde's 'Burger Tuesday' on Haight St/lower Haight. Best burger maybe in the city. Get there when they open or you'll likely won't get one because they run out of meat or line goes down the block.

  • Randy

    My favorite event is the Chinese New Year parade. It's definately, the most colorful of the parades in SF. Plus, it's the biggest of it's kind in the world outside of China.

  • http://theoffbeatreport.com Lauren

    Yay! Man, you've been to a TON of places! I'd have to say that one m my favorite places has to be Bistro Central Parc when I went there with you, oh, and the park mission, that was pretty awesome! Also a big fan of the bar on top of the Marriott in the Financial District. Crazy views! Congrats on the one year, and here's to many more to come! :) xoxo

  • http://superduperfantastic.net/ suki

    I LOVE Philz! $25 will buy me 7 of what I like to order. ;)

    SF Faves – driving along 101 as the fog is rolling over the mountains, Land's End, the view from Legion of Honor, the view from atop Pacific Heights looking down at the Palace of Fine Arts/Marina, watching meteor showers from Ocean Beach, sitting atop the reservoir on Sloat, Stern Grove Festivals

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    AHHHH those are all amazing! especially watching meteor showers from OB. I watched the Leonid Meteor shower last year at Sutro Baths. So beautiful! Luckily it was a clear night!

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    I know! I couldn't believe it when I made this list! Pretty awesome! I hope to do just as much or more in this 2nd year of living in San Francisco

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    I didn't get to go to the Chinese New Year Parade. I'm making it a must the next time it comes around!

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    I LOVE Rosamunde!! I went to the one in the Mission for a delicious sausage and beer breakfast. I will have to go back for their “Burger Tuesday.” I think I need to try the one on Haight next time. I hear it's right near Toronado, which I haven't been to either.

  • Raleigh

    Wow, that an amazing year!

  • sfBirdie

    Happy one year!! xoxo

  • http://sanfrancisconoobs.com/ casandrakc

    yay! Thanks!