Doing even better than the Canadian ROM, I've landed in San Francisco right before one of the California Academy of Sciences free Sundays which only happen once a quarter. Now this one is a big freebie. Had there not been a free day I would definitely not have visited since its massively out my price range at $48 a ticket! So opening at 11am I decide to head to Golden Gate Park to wander around a little before hand only to find that at 9.30 there are literally hundreds of people in the queue. So change of plan and I join it. I find out a little later I am around 700th in the queue. Who knew Californians loved science so much. It's a long and very, very cold wait. San Francisco is not a warm city and even with my winter jacket on I'm frozen - quite a contrast from Toronto the day before.
In the end it was worth it. It was cold and at times I didn't think I was going to make it but once I got in and had thawed out a bit it was worth it. Once you're in everyone makes a beeline for the planetarium tickets. I also managed to get one of these and it was a very impressive show. There's plenty to see in the California Academy of Sciences - I got to experience an earthquake simulation, talked to some animals in their rainforest bubble exhibit and, probably my favourite, I got to stroke a starfish!
|I got to stroke a starfish|