Golden Gate Park

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Golden Gate Park stretches from Ocean Beach to Stanyan Street. It is larger than New York's Central Park, once consisted of sand dunes, is now covered with more than one million trees and is bison-friendly, and was deeded to the people in 1870 out of the prescient notion that San Franciscans would one day feel overcrowded.

Victoria and I also took time to visit the Japanese Tea Garden. Begun by an Australian in 1894, this intricate complex of paths, ponds and a teahouse features native Japanese and Chinese plants. Also hidden throughout its five acres are beautiful sculptures and bridges. Makato Hagiwara, a Japanese gardener whose family took over the garden from 1895 to 1942, also invented the fortune cookie. The garden is located just east of Stow Lake, between JFK and Martin Luther King Jr. drives.

After the Tea Garden, we went towards the beach and stopped at the Windmills and the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden. Two historic windmills sit at the west end of the park. The Dutch (North) Windmill was completed in 1902. The Murphy (South) Windmill was built in 1905 and was the largest windmill of its kind in the world. Both fell into disrepair, but only the north windmill was repaired in 1980, when the adjacent tulip garden was also planted.
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