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November 14, 2016 2 min read

"Sometimes the best adventures start right outside your window."

I have always been a believer in finding adventure right outside my window. As a kid, my backyard transformed into open plains where lions roamed. My bedroom became a runway where I showcased my latest haute couture collection. My best friend's pool became the ocean, with sharks and submarines. Although I'm "technically" an adult (I use adult loosely as I have been known to eat ice cream for dinner and frequently color in coloring books), I still peak outside to see where to explore next. Please join me as I take you outside my window, along a curvy bike path, and down a few steps to Jack London Squarefor my local Sunday adventure.

*Side view of Bicycle Coffees' Jack London Square location

My adventure in Jack London Square starts at my favorite local coffee shop, Bicycle Coffee. Although I like a medium roast pour-over, Bicycle Coffee offers a wide range of caffeinated drinks and local pastries. If you happen to be in the area on a Friday, Bicycle gives out free pour-overs all day. How awesome is that?!

*Pumpkins displayed at Jack London Square Farmer's Market

After I've had my morning brew, I make my way over to the Jack London Square Farmer's Market with my MAIKA market tote in-hand. The market runs every Sunday from 9am-2pm. I picked myself up some carrots, a little decorative pumpkin, and brussel sprouts (I've grown very fond of them as an adult... I can't believe I'm even typing that considering I couldn't stand them when I was younger and would often sneak them to my dog). 

If you are looking for a great place to have lunch and want to take a break from lugging around all those yummy goods you got at the farmers market, I recommend heading over to Chop Bar on 4th Street or Forge Pizza on Franklin Street. 

*Jack London's Klondike Hut 

There are many reasons to visit Jack London Square, aside from the great coffee and quaint farmers market. The square is named after author, Jack London. Although born in San Francisco, Jack London attended the University of California, Berkeley in the late nineteenth century and settled down in Oakland. You can step into London's world by visiting a reconstruction of his Klondike Hut (seeing the inside of the hut definitely makes me thankful for some of the stuff we have today, like electricity and internet). The hut is surrounded by a playground and features a beautiful view of the harbor. 

Phew, it's been a long day. If you're looking to grab some dinner, some of my favorite restaurants include: The Fat Lady on Washington Street, Yoshi's on Embarcadero, and Souley Vegan on Broadway (yes, it's vegan soul food but I promise, it's delicious).

Afterwards, head over to Plank to grab a drink and play some bocce ball.

Well folks, the time has come to head on home. I hope you enjoyed my local adventure. 

***All drawings done by me, Rachael :)

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