Suddenly, a giant kite, with a PERSON ATTACHED appeared very close on our left. Then a SECOND one appeared. We had to investigate. What we found was Fort Funston. An old defensive battery from WWI through the early stages of the Cold War, it is now one of the favorite spots for hang gliders. We had a ball watching them take off, fly, and land.
Fort Funston also has extensive trails, and is a popular dog park, which the kids always enjoy. We eventually did find access to the beach.
Sweatshirt weather, but the girls still wanted to play in the surf. Not too far, though! Fort Funston is also known for rip tides. I know because I read all the signs on Fort Funston.
What an unexpected treat, and a great start to our trip!