Tiki & Sea Lions on Pier 39, San Francisco

In keeping with our tiki/baseball vacation theme, day two of our San Francisco trip included going to see the Cubs beat the Giants at AT&T Park. As you can see, the view was just gorgeous on that uncharacteristically sunny day. As an LA native, I’m supposed to despise the Giants, but I do have a soft spot for their former team mascot the Crazy Crab. (Rehab the Crab!)

Afterward we headed down to Pier 39 to check out those famous sea lions. It seems our timing was impeccable as just a few months later the animals made a mass exodus and only a few dozen have since returned, so says USA Today.

Along the pier there were the usual tourist trap restaurants like Hard Rock Cafe and Bubba Gump, plus this thatched hut outpost of Maui Wowi Hawaiian Smoothies. These coffee purveyors have been popping up at malls and farmers markets along the California coast (and in a few other states), but I’ve yet to try any of their wares.

Guarding the entrance was this garish tiki that kind of looks like a monkey. With all the expansion that Maui Wowi seems to be doing, I think they also need to invest in getting some better carvings—this dude is just not doing it for me.

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