I agree Discovery Kingdom isn't one of the chain's stronger parks but it's still a decent park.
I'm glad the ops on Superman still haul. I was worried a 12 passenger train at a major park would result in a 1-2 hour wait but it never exceeded 30 minutes on the 2 Saturdays I visited back in 2014. SFNE's Superman does a similar thing saying they'll close the gate in X seconds but it's the kick in the pants people need to speed up.
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For brunch on Sunday before pride, we stopped by Surisan, which I’d also highly recommend!
We then did a bit of walking to go and find Lombard Street. Going uphill in that direction, we found this street with a grade that photos just can’t do justice. I do cardio, stair climber, squats at the gym all the time and I can say that these hills were absolutely killer.
But the steep hill would take us to the absolutely stunning Lombard Street Gardens and...street
Pretty buildings on this street
A view of the whole thing from the bottom
A bit of walking and we’d find ourselves in the midst of the main events, beginning with the pride parade down Market Street
Come thru SFFD
The parade area was absolutely slammed with people. We found a place to sit above the exit to the BART station here, the stairway of which was absolute chaos.
Oh hey Google
These recycling/waste disposal guys in the parade were entertaining as f*ck, with a whole choreographed routine
Leather Marshal Ms V is here to make sure all the bad girls and boys behave
Immediately following the parade, there was a celebration area sectioned off near the Civic Center, where there’d be food, a rally, performances on multiple stages, and all kinds of ways to get your gay on!
Yassss slayyy merman
Then I found a random guy who was wearing the same shirt as me, so of course we had a “cheers” and took a picture together!
The headliner of the event was Oakland native and all around amazing artist, Kehlani!
I didn’t take a whole lot of photos once the drinking commenced at the celebration, but it was an incredible time! Then, we’d spend the evening clubbing it in the Castro, which has awesome character and color day and night
And I leave you with one final night shot from the Castro. Thanks for reading! We had a blast in San Francisco and at Pride!
Next up, a return to normalcy with the next theme park trip.
And the awesome updates continue. I have only been to the west coast once and that was to live in San Francisco w/ my aunt for two weeks when I was 16, and I loved the city and I've always wanted to go back. So beautiful there and it will always stick with me (especially coming from Philly) how nice everyone there is. Love all the photos and your captions. Keep em coming.
Thanks for all the nice comments guys, I really appreciate it! ^^The path to the "upskirt shot" that lets you go completely under the bridge roadway is kind of in an obscure corner of the northern point lookout parking lot. It looks like it's just a bunch of bushes, but if you keep walking down it brings you to the path.
The next trip got off to a quite rocky start, too. For some reason that seemed to be the theme of the month of June for me. See, the plan was to start in Athens, Georgia and spend half a day between driving up and going to Lake Winnie, so I could finally get my elusive Cannon Ball credit. We would then drive to Pigeon Forge and spend the last two hours or so checking out the Smokey Mountain Alpine Coaster. Great plan!
As it would turn out, some thunderstorms were rolling through the southeast that day. Lake Winnie decided to close for the day at around 1PM and we were very grateful for the fact that they posted it on social media quickly so we could make contingency plans. Being not far from our starting point in Athens, we said “F it!”, let’s take a little side trip to,
Six Flags over Georgia
Oh wait. Actually, we wouldn’t end up doing that either for the same reasons. Well we literally went there, but the weather changed against the hourly forecast models, going from 3 hours of "cloudy" to 3 hours of "hell storms" and we killed a little time before checking the radar a few times and calling it. At least my friends would get their memberships processed, then we’d get an early start to Pigeon Forge to check out the aforementioned Smokey Mountain Alpine Coaster!
Only, we wouldn’t get to do that either. We arrived to find them sending people away due to having technical difficulties for a few hours on end, rendering them closed the rest of the evening. So we were 0 for 3. But hey, at least I got a few photos!
I miss the signs that said “We’re glad Georgia’s on your mind”. I know this is a photo of my friend’s GPS, but, yeah.
There was actually a halfway decent bagel shop in downtown Athens.
Walking into Six Flags over Georgia is an orgy of B&M track. No trains on the track was an ominous sign of what was to come.
Heading to Membership processing gave some nice views of the hot new Twisted...Cyclone. I literally have to think every time to remember the name. But would we get to ride it...? Find out below!
In true Six Flags fashion, there were windows with blinds that were closed, plus windows without blinds that...were also closed. Is anybody here? Hello? HELLO?!?
Then all of the sudden Acrophobia was running, so we excitedly went in.
We booked it to Wicked Colossus or whatever they call it, just to find this employee with his back turned to the entrance he was supposed to be blocking. Not telling people not to get fluffy, fluffy bunnies filled with medicine and goo for the ride that was closed. Not communicating at all until other guests started squeezing through the side of the barricade, for him to finally say the ride is closed. *sigh* I swear, Six Flags Parks this season...
When you’re so close to a new RMC yet so far away.
We said “see you in a couple of weeks” to Scorcher and Goliath as we headed back to the car, the rain washing the tears down our faces along with our wasted hair product from that morning...
Up next, the particularly good day that would follow!
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