Posts Tagged ‘treasure’

The Metal Detectors of Stanyan Street

Monday, November 24th, 2014

I’ve seen this hobby in Hawaii and Fun Diego, but never in the 415 / 628 / 650, never in Frisco

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“Moonset Over San Francisco” by Famous San Francisco Photographer David Yu

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Easter Moon, 2012, San Francisco:

Via David Yu. Used with Permission. Click to expand

“Until next time, May 5 2012, to chase the full moon….”

Tough Times for Pribot: Google Employee’s Robotic Toyota Prius Hybrid Gets in Fender Bender, Gets Ticketed

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Remember happier times back in aught-eight, when “Pribot,” the famous autonomous Prius, was roving the Streets of San Francisco with a huge SFPD escort and teams of camerapeople in tow?

Well, those halcyon days are over, so now Pribot has been relegated to getting ticketed by DPT, just like regular nonrobotic cars.

See?

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You can’t see the the damage from when Pribot scraped its left side exiting the Bay Bridge, but these days there’s evidence he/she/it has had more driving trouble.

See?

Did Pribot crash into something? Or maybe a careless San Francisco driver backed up too far? Or maybe a human master made a mistake?

(Of course, when you’re making an omelet, as Google is doing in full force in 2011, you’re going to break a few eggs. Anyway…)

Poor Pribot!

All I could do was put a spare Kraftwerk mixtape under one of its windshield wiper arms and then turn to walk away.

Pribot, you were the first, you are the ur-robotic Prius, you are the Jetfire of the autonomous car universe.

Bon courage, Pribot!

The Presidio Gets Into Geocaching: A New Wildlife-Themed, Outdoor Treasure Hunt – You Know, For Kids!

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Grab your GPS device and head on over to the Presidio to get in on the Geocaching craze.

All the deets, below.

HIGH TECH HIDE-AND-SEEK” IN THE PRESIDIO

GEOCACHING TAKES FAMILIES, ADVENTURERS OFF THE BEATEN TRAIL

Presidio of San Francisco (August 11, 2011) — “I found it!” exclaimed Alex, his face beaming with pride and the excitement only a 7-year old can muster. With a little help from his mom’s smartphone and a lot of perseverance, Alex had located his first geocache, discreetly hidden near a trail in the Presidio’s Lobos Creek Valley.

The Trust, in conjunction with the National Wildlife Federation, has brought Ranger Rick’s Geocache Trails—a new wildlife-themed, outdoor treasure hunt—to the Presidio.

Sometimes referred to as a game of “high-tech hide and seek,” geocaching is relatively new to national parks, but the phenomenon has been around for more than a decade. Using a smartphone or handheld GPS device, people hunt for “caches” (typically small boxes) hidden in public places around the world.

“Geocaching in the Presidio combines the excitement of a treasure hunt with the reward of discovering lesser known parts of the park,” says Damien Raffa, education and volunteer program manager for the Presidio Trust. “Offering this kind of adventure helps us bring new people into the park and expose them to some of the Presidio’s hidden gems.”

The Presidio offers two ways to play. Visitors can go to www.presidio.gov/kids/trails/ and download GPS co-ordinates, while those without a GPS device can download a map for a self-guided experience. Then simply follow the co-ordinates to uncover the geocache. The cache will never be buried but could be tucked inside a log or tree stump, under a bush or behind a wall. Inside the cache, searchers will find a logbook to sign and a unique stamp depicting a member of the Presidio’s wildlife community.

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Saturday Night Soiree! Our Walt Disney Family Museum Celebrates First Anniversary October 1-3

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

Our Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio is celebrating one year of operations with a weekend of fun including the debut of the half-price Saturday Night Soiree (avec cash bar!) program.

I’m telling you, you’re going to want to win the treasure hunt.  

Get all the deets below.

The WDFM is fantastic. See?

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This is just one of the Academy Awards on display. Can you guess the movie?

Donald Duck in his Navy Whites Marine Corps Blues during WWII. Can you see Mickey back there working as a tank commander against The Hun?

I remember how Building 104 looked back in the day. (If only all of the Montgomery Street (Presidio) Barracks could get eight figures worth of attention.)

All the deets:

THE WALT DISNEY FAMILY MUSEUM TO CELEBRATE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OCTOBER 1-3, 2010
 
Live music, the “Where’s Walt?” Treasure Hunt Contest and a Saturday Night Soiree are among the events  that will commemorate the first 365 days of San Francisco’s newest Museum.
 
 SAN FRANCISCO  September 2, 2010  —When it opened a year agoin the Presidio of San Francisco, The Walt Disney Family Museum welcomed visitors to a turn-of-the-century red brick building that revealed a visually dramatic surprise: ten interactive galleries that share the remarkable life and legacy of Walt Disney through early drawings and animation, movies, music, listening stations, and much more.  In the months that have followed, the award-winning 40,000 square foot building, which also features a state-of-the art theater, café, and gift store, has been host to enthusiastic visitors from around the world.  
 
“It’s hard to believe that a year has passed since we opened our doors in the Presidio,” said Richard Benefield, founding executive director of the Museum. “Our efforts to present the life and achievements of Walt Disney in an interactive and imaginative way are ongoing and we’re pleased to see families, teens, and seniors all enjoying different elements of the Museum.” 
 
To celebrate its first anniversary, the Museum will host a weekend of family fun and festivities from October 1 to 3, and will extend its admission hours to 9:00 pm on Saturday, October 2.
 
Events on Friday, October 1 – Sunday, October 3, 2010

·         Live Music throughout the weekend. Bring a picnic lunch for the front lawn and we’ll serenade you with ragtime jazz. Friday from 2 :00 pm – 5:00 pm and Saturday 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
·         Our first Saturday Night Soiree. Half-price on Museum Admission tickets and a cash bar from 6 pm to 9 pm on Saturday night.
·         The “Where’s Walt?” Treasure Hunt Contest – Grand Prize is a Private Screening of a Disney classic for you and up to 50 of your closest friends in our Theater.
·         Learn more about Walt Disney and his legacy with our “LOOK CLOSER”  gallery talks.  Museum staff will share details about the visually dramatic “Steamboat Willie” Wall – our special Pinocchio Animator’s desk – and the first underwater movie camera.
·         A 25 minute “Best of” Video in our theater will feature special guests who appeared this past year, including Disney Legends, executives, animators, and stars.  
·         Radio Disney Road Crew on Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 pm with games, contests, and music for the whole family.
·         Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  – A treat for the whole family on our Big Screen at 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm (Free with Museum Admission).
·         Create your own moviola in our Learning Center. New Drop-in Craft activities Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 4 pm.

The fascinating and inspiring story of Walt Disney, whose artistry, imagination and vision helped define 20th-century America, has been brought to life at The Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio of San Francisco.  The Museum illuminates Walt Disney’s tremendous successes, disappointments, and unyielding optimism as he worked tirelessly to advance the art of animation, produce classic motion pictures and develop the first great American theme park.  The Walt Disney Family Museum, L.L.C. is owned and operated by the Walt Disney Family Foundation, a non-profit foundation. Open Wednesday – Monday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on the on the Main Post of the Presidio.
 
Where:                The Walt Disney Family Museum
104 Montgomery Street, The Presidio of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94129
 
Website:             www.waltdisney.org
                                www.facebook.com/thewaltdisneyfamilymuseum
                                www.twitter.com/wdfmuseum
 
Main Phone:      415-345-6800

Coming into San Francisco on the Bay Bridge Involves Climbing a Hill

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

This one. All the way up to the central anchorage of the suspension span…

When (or if) they build a pedestrian / cyclist path on this part of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge (the way they’re doing on the span that will go from Treasure Island to Oakland), people will finally experience, first hand, how hilly a bridge can be.

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The Best Place to Hunt for Buried Treasure in Golden Gate Park

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Now you can a bunch of research by reading up on tomes of yore but if you want to search for buried treasure in Golden Gate Park, the best place to start must be at Stow Lake near Yelp-rated Strawberry Hill island.  

Why? Well, just look at this recent photo. Something must be down there, ‘neath the spotlight:

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Happy hunting!