From Land-Locked OK to Coastal CA
Blogger: Natalie de Benedetti
Land-locked and flat, Oklahoma City greatly differs from the coastal, hilly city of San Francisco. As a detour on his way home from Oxy to Oklahoma City for winter break, my friend Anoop came to visit San Francisco. Because it was his first time in the city, my other Oxy friends from San Francisco and I decided to show him traditional landmarks and views.
Our first stop was Twin Peaks, the always freezing and windy outlook over almost all of San Francisco, ranging from the Bay Bridge to the east, to the Golden Gate Bridge to the north. We were able to point out to Anoop many of the large landmarks of the city including Coit Tower, both bridges, Market Street, the Transamerica Pyramid and Golden Gate Park. Although it was quite cold and windy, the sky was clear of its normal fog, making it a perfect day for gazing at the view and sightseeing.
We next drove to grab some lunch at a unique San Francisco burger joint in the Marina district called Super Duper. We sat and ate our lunch, laughing as Anoop’s debit card got rejected yet again as a result of his quick traveling, forcing him to spend 20 minutes on the phone with the card company. We walked through the lively streets of the Marina, noticing many people completing their Christmas shopping, and doing some ourselves.
We then visited the most iconic landmark of San Francisco: the Golden Gate Bridge. By this time in the day, the wind was whipping quickly and the sun was beginning to set. We parked the car and ventured around Crissy Field, with the view of the bridge behind us. After looking at the bridge from afar, we began to walk closer and ultimately under the bridge itself. On our way there, we actually ran into two other Oxy students whom we chatted with about San Francisco. Even in the middle of winter a handful of devoted surfers were catching waves, a perfectly picturesque scene to show the Oklahoma native.
We ended our day by watching the sun set and the lights turn on on the Golden Gate Bridge. We all had a great time showing Anoop around San Francisco and touring the city ourselves after months of being away in Los Angeles. While both San Francisco and Los Angeles are large, California coastal cities, they differ in unique ways, making our tour of San Francisco special and surprising for Anoop.