Mission Dolores San Francisco
Have you ever had one of those days where you can’t believe that this is your life and your cheekbones hurt from smiling so hard? That describes my last day in Mission Dolores San Francisco.
The sun was shining and the people of the city were out living their best lives and marching to their own drums. I truly believe there is no city as unique and extraordinary than San Francisco. Which is why I was on a mission to hold up my sign and meet some interesting people!
The location that I chose for holding up my sign was Mission Dolores San Francisco. If you have never been here, I highly recommend grabbing your shoes and racing there as soon as possible. Actually, don’t even worry about the shoes. It’s San Francisco; it’s totally acceptable to go barefoot to the park. The park itself is absolutely stunning. As you sit on the nice grassy hill, you look out to the city skyline of San Francisco. Every person you meet there is friendly and it is the absolute perfect location for an all day picnic.
Forgot your drinks? No need to fret! There is the coconut man that will come to you and crack open a fresh coconut and pour some rum in. Want to embrace the complete San Francisco experience with some of those green leaves people are talking about these days? Again, no need to fret! There is the man with the truffles, the joint man, and even the rice krispie treat edible man! Want to finish off your picnic with a pizza and a beer? There is even a man selling that!
If none of those activities tickle your fancy, there is plenty more to do at Mission Dolores San Francisco. Yoga? You got it. Slack lining? There are multiple groups of people willing to make friends and share their line. Kids? There is a giant playground with slides that even I couldn’t resist.
It is actually insane and completely peaceful all at the same time. I made my way to Mission Dolores San Francisco with my boyfriend and my best friend to soak up some rays and work up the guts to hold that sign up. I am always filled with anxiety a few hours before I plan to talk to strangers. It’s hard to explain why, but I have this fear that people will reject me and my idea will be an epic failure. But no matter what fear I have, my desire to hear the stories of other’s takes over.
After lounging for a few hours in the sunshine, I flagged down the pizza and beer man for a nice can of Modelo. And then it was time. We found a nice bench at the bottom of the hill where most people were walking by and sat down. Sadly, my sign took a beating on its journey to San Francisco. This resulted in losing an L. Therefore, my sign said, “Tel me a story please.” But I think everyone got the idea!
We were sat there for about an hour. Let me just tell you, San Francisco is awesome! Honestly, this sign experience made my day. I heard stories from bros, children, a dog, and I even ran into an old friend from high school! There are so many diverse humans in this city and some of the stories made me almost pee my pants from laughter. Some were also very, very strange. You will be able to read about all of them very soon!
Sunshine, beer, and strangers: that is how I want to spend my first days in San Francisco when I move there in August. I will be changing up the location, so let me know if you have any suggestions! The connections I am making around the world from this sign are more than I could have asked for. I am so excited to continue this journey and share these tales with you! Happy travels.
Are you visiting Mission Dolores San Francisco soon? Here are some awesome things to check out that are near by the park!
Restaurants near Mission Dolores San Francisco:
710 Florida Street
This restaurant will make you feel like you’re eating Thai food in a real life music video. Literally, they make their own music videos and play them as you eat!
Taqueria El Farolito:
2779 Mission Street
This is my absolute favorite location to eat a Mission Burrito. My mouth is watering as I type this now. Try the carnitas and you will NOT be disappointed. The burritos are huge! But don’t worry, if you don’t finish, they have foil ready to wrap them back up to take away. Bring cash!
Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen:
3150 24th Street
Want a low-key brunch location before you hit the park? Check out this cute breakfast spot! My food took a little over ten minutes to be prepared. They felt so bad for making me wait that long and gave me a free cookie! I was not complaining.
3692 18th Street
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Bi-Rite Creamery! There is nothing like a sunny afternoon in Mission Dolores San Francisco with an ice cream. Don’t fret about the line, it moves very quickly!
2534 Mission Street
One of the coolest places to eat around town! Love old-school movies? You’re in luck! They are projected onto the walls in the back patio. The atmosphere combined with the fried chicken (my favorite) will make you come running back for more.
Do you want to read stories of the travelers I’ve met?! Click here!