On my second day in San Francisco, I met up with fellow young adult author Shelley Adina. She had discovered, by chance, that WonderCon opened on the very day we had agreed to meet. After a yummy pancake breakfast at the insanely popular Sears Fine Food...
...and a stop a Britex, one of the coolest fabrics stores ever (I got a yard of an adorable owl print corduroy) we headed down to the con. Now, let me just say that this was my FIRST CON EVER. I was a little (a lot) scared. And a little (a lot) overwhelmed. But as soon as I saw Virginia Hey from Farscape...
...and Adam Baldwin from Firefly (squeeeee!)...
...I was pretty okay with all the crazy. We also attended a very cool workshop about "Superwomen in Modern Mythology" by Ink-Stained Amazons author Jennifer K. Stuller. After a delicious Mexican dinner, Shelley and I said goodbye and I tucked in for the night.
On day three I got back to my research quest. I wandered around Nob Hill and Russian Hill, looking for more things to work into the books. I found this high school:
Which is where Medusa girl Gretchen Sharpe goes to school. (Thankfully this was Saturday, so no one was around to wonder why I was taking so many pictures of a public school.)
The school is not far from Ghiradelli Square, where they have this great (but topless) mermaid fountain:
Because I can't resist the water, I grabbed a cookies and cream cone from the Ghiradelli Chocolate shop and headed down to the shore, where I saw this guy making some kind of unidentifiable sand sculpture.
Then I wandered up (yet another) hill, through the Great Meadow park, where there were a lot of families playing, biking and flying kites. Then, below the park, I found this very cool (and very fenced off) tunnel entrance.
I don't know what it leads to. I don't know if I'll be able to work it into the book. But it was oh so cool. And it just happens to be right next to my third major research success.
This is Fort Mason, aka (the model of) the home of Gretchen Sharpe. Technically this property belongs to the National Park Service, but if anyone could get digs in an inaccessible location, it's Gretchen.
Fort Mason is right next to the Marina neighborhood. This area instantly became one of my favorite parts of the city. It was beautiful and clean and right on the water. I could totally live there. (I couldn't afford to live there, but I could live there.)
My fourth day in San Francisco was Easter Sunday. It was gloomy and rainy and not at all spring-like. Still, I love gloomy and rainy weather, so I donned my bright pink dress and headed to the nearest Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (one of my favorite coffee shops).
I worked some and watched out the window as people walked by with their dogs and their umbrellas.
The number of dogs in San Francisco really surprised me. There were dogs everywhere, and almost every shop and boutique had a dog bowl of water sitting outside the door. I missed my adorable Daisy the whole time.
Only one more San Francisco post to go. Check back tomorrow to find out how the adventure ends.