Welcome to "Transported," our new weekly series about getting places in San Francisco, whether you take the bus or the BART, bike or drive. Come here to find the skinny on secret parking spots, the new bike lanes and how to get across town on MUNI without losing your mind.
Sure, you've got a car and they tend to get you places fast. But when you have to park it, things can take a turn for the worse. Avoid road rage and circling the same block 15 times over by parking it at one of these cheap, clean and safe parking garages that aren't crowded to death.
The Sonoma Coast seems to have more beaches than San Francisco has hills; after Bodega Bay the choices go on for 13 miles. For an easy intro to beach hopping, connect Shell Beach to Blind Beach along the tranquil, bluff-top Kortum Trail. Stroll for 2.3 miles (one-way) across sturdy boardwalks, high above beach coves smothered by crashing waves, and past ancient sea stacks. Raptors like to cruise this coast too—from red-tailed hawks to great horned owls and white-tailed kites. After 1.3 miles you'll notice a giant heap of rocks—actually an ancient sea stack—that adventurous types climb for the king of coast views.
The best way to get fresh fruits and vegetables is to go straight to the source. And at Brentwood’s 150-acre Smith Family Farm the u-pick season is always on. Summer is filled with cherries, boysenberries, plums and peaches; fall brings walnuts, pomegranates, persimmons, pumpkins and apples. Grab a pail, stroll through fruit and vegetable crops, and pick to your taste buds’ pleasure.
If your idea of two-wheel fun is a car-free and paved path through a nature symposium then we've got a match for you. The Sawyer Camp Trail near San Mateo is 6 miles (one-way) of cruising cushiness along two reservoirs, Crystal Springs and San Andreas. Inline skaters, hikers, and baby strollers also enjoy this popular trail most weekends.
Your childhood ice cream shop probably wasn't as foodie-focused as San Francisco's shops, and your childhood bike was smaller than your city bike, but few things scream "childhood" like the combination of ice cream and bicycles. Grab your bike, a lock, your allowance, and get nostalgic this Saturday, August 14 with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition's second annual ice cream ride. The approximately eight-mile route will hit five of San Francisco's delicious creameries, beginning at Xanath on Valencia St. at noon—and you'll work off calories between stops! Follow SFBC on Twitter to catch up with the group if you're running late. The ride is free for members, with a suggested $5 donation for non-members.