I travel to San Francisco a lot for work, but usually never have a chance to explore. Parachute in, pack meetings in, and fly back out. This time though, I stayed through a weekend, and had the chance to explore San Francisco, and appreciate some of the charm that makes San Franciscans so passionate about their city.
On the recommendation of Erin, I went to the Sutro Baths, a former privately owned swimming pool complex built in the late 1800s by Adolph Sutro, the former mayor of SF.
From the Wikipedia entry, it sounds like an awesome place: “A visitor to the baths not only had a choice of seven different swimming pools—one fresh water and six salt water baths ranging in temperatures—but could also visit a museum displaying Sutro’s large and varied personal collection of artifacts from his travels, a concert hall, seating for 8,000, and, at one time, an ice skating rink. During high tides, water would flow directly into the pools from the nearby ocean, recycling the two million US gallons (7,600 m³) of water in about an hour. During low tides, a powerful turbine water pump, built inside a cave at sea level, could be switched on from a control room and could fill the tanks at a rate of 6,000 US gallons a minute (380 L/s), recycling all the water in five hours.”