With an early start to the day we found ourselves back in the car searching for a place to explore among the streets and neighborhoods of San Francisco.
We parked the car in front of the Cliff House, which is nestled on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. As we peered down the hill we found remains and residual damage of the Sutro Baths from a fire in 1966. The Sutro baths were seven bathhouses built by 24th mayor of San Francisco, Adolph Sutro.
In 1896 the Sutro Baths opened to the public. This ground of ruins was once the world’s largest indoor swimming pool formation. The facility offered seven different swimming pools, in which the public could choose the temperature they desired within the salt-water baths. The facility also offered a choice of a fresh water bath.
Swimmers and bathers, dressed in their matching bathing suits, could enter the pools by way of trampolines, toboggan slides, diving platforms or swings. It was a place of swimming and diving competitions and beauty contests.
Although we were not wearing the proper attire, it was a beautiful place for exploration and imagination. We found ourselves exploring the alluring cave, examining the rotted track and jumping from structure to structure to explore the mechanisms used to stabilize the concrete.