One of my new favorite things is to go on little adventures on the weekend. It reminds me of when I studied abroad in Paris – like the time I spent 8 hours (!!) walking around the city. I love finding amazing spots like this view at the Kirby Cove swing.
When I first moved to San Francisco, I couldn’t wait to explore. But I also knew I would be really busy with work for awhile. I was head down, working on our product launch in October and beginning of November. I was having a hard time adjusting so I went home to spend a few weeks with my family and Dan around Thanksgiving. And then Dan came out to help me get settled the month of December. We had a bit of time to explore, but we were both working during that time. And then I spent most of January traveling in Australia and New Zealand. Upon my return I had work trips in Tahoe, LA, Austin, New York and DC. It’s been busy, but a lot of learning and a good bit of fun.
Before I knew it, I looked up and realized it had been 6 months since I moved to San Francisco! It only seemed like 2 minutes since I was looking round some oakland apartments and cheap rental houses in the area. Time has passed so quickly! That realization helped kick my butt into gear and I’ve prioritized exploring this awesome city.
So far it’s been a constant tour of parks… The Panhandle, Golden Gate Park, Bernal Heights, Buena Vista. And beaches… Mile Rock Beach, Ocean Beach, Baker Beach, Stinson, Bolinas.
And my new favorite Kirby Cove. Because I have been dying to find a good swing in San Francisco.
Every swing I have visited has been broken. I first hiked down to the Kirby Cove swing in December with Dan only to find a sad broken rope hanging from the tree. We vowed to fix it when Dan came back into town (next week!).
I was looking for another swing this weekend when I decided to check back on the Kirby Cove swing on Yelp. And would you believe it?! There was a review from April 2017 saying the swing had been fixed!
I threw on a dress and hopped in a Lift line with my roommate, Lindsey. It only cost $9 to ride to the Kirby Cove access road (just past Battery Spencer). But then we felt bad, thinking our driver might have to pay the Golden Gate Bridge toll, and tipped him extra.
The Kirby Cove swing is a one mile walk down a dirt road, you can follow the signs for the Kirby Cove campground and then walk through it to get on the little beach. After walking down, we hung out on the beach for awhile enjoying the sunshine and views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
On the way back up we couldn’t resist the quick walk over to Battery Spencer. The parking spots are blocked off right now so there was barely any crowd there at all and we enjoyed most quiet views of the Golden Gate Bridge up close.
If you have the chance to visit the Marin Headlands (it’s such a short drive from the city!) definitely hike down to look for the Kirby Cove swing and then take in the views from Battery Spencer!
Christie Sultemeier says
I still haven’t made it here!! I’m so bad about exploring sf (my home also) between travels because I’m always so exhausted! I definitely need to do it more.