Four years flies by far too quickly, leaving us with barely enough time to accomplish all we want to do in Berkeley. That’s why the Clog has compiled a summer bucket list. Start now and participate in some of the hippest, chilliest, coolest, swaggiest, Cloggiest, you-don’t-want-to-miss-these things to do before you graduate. Let the crazy season commence.
#1 Skinny dip in Strawberry Canyon Pool
Strawberry Canyon Pool is quite picturesque. The pool is situated behind the historic California Memorial Stadium and is on the way up to the Lawrence Hall of Science. The place is also decked out with plenty of grass and lots of direct sunlight.
The San Francisco Bay Guardian even featured it as part of their “Nude Beaches Guide” just two years ago. Ignore the “B” rating though — they’re just sad it’s not a full-on beach. But hey, what do ya expect? This ain’t SB. And it’s pretty damn nice for an outdoor community pool.
Of course you can always just put on your favorite bikini and tan in the sun, but that wouldn’t make it a bucket list, now would it? Heck, if that’s all you wanted to do, you might as well hit up Hearst Pool or Spieker Pool.
The key is skinny dipping at night when you’re less likely to be caught. Especially if you’re Channing Tatum trying to win back Rachel McAdams’ heart in a Nicholas Sparks novel-based movie. Or if you’re just looking for an adventurous time in the doldrums of summer.
Either way, it’s one thing you gotta try before leaving Berkeley. And if you insist on being conservative and keeping your clothes on … Well, Strawberry is always nice for an old-fashioned swim anyway.
#2 Bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge
After taking a nice naked dive into Strawberry Canyon Pool, try drying off by … well, drying off. And then hit up the iconic Golden Gate Bridge for a bike ride — yeah, we know, physical activity gets to us, too. But trust us, a breathtaking view of the San Francisco Bay combined with an enjoyable excursion in wonderful weather makes it all worth it.
Worried about not having a bike? Worry not! There are plenty of bike rental sites throughout the city for fairly reasonable prices. Single bikes can go for $20 to $40 for a day, while tandem bikes (the ones where you can have two to a bike) can go for $60 a day.
Stop when you’re midway across the bridge (You’ll be about 220 feet above the water then, and the view will be absolutely gorgeous.) and be sure to snap a bunch of photos. If it’s a clear day, you can see all around the Bay.
The ride itself is about 1.7 miles, so the trek ain’t too bad. Heck, you walk much more than that in a given day in Berkeley, especially if you’re living in Clark Kerr.
If you’re too tired to move any more by the time you get across though, you can always ferry back across the bay.
Why ride across the water though, when you can ride above it?
#3 Participate in a Berkeley-style eating challenge
First up, we have Berkeley’s Sumo Grub, designed to satiate the appetites of the tempura-obsessed. Literally everything on the menu is tempura-ed — tempura Oreos, tempura macaroni and cheese, deep-fried Twinkies and various artery-clogging edibles. And for the vegans and vegetarians in Berkeley, worry not — they also have a “You bring it and I tempura it” option, where you can bring in your own food and they’ll tempura it for you.
Sumo Grub has something called the “Six Feet Under Challenge.” If you’re able to complete it, you’ll get the meal for free, be eternally glorified on their Wall of Fame, earn a free T-shirt and a gift certificate for a Tempura Heart Attack. And if you aren’t able to finish, you get put up on the Wall of Shame.
The challenge includes: one bun, six tempura one-fourth pound angus beef patties, six toppings of choice, two onion rings, sliced tomato and romaine lettuce, five tempura Twinkies, 10 tempura Oreos, whipped cream, Hershey’s chocolate syrup and two pieces of tempura macaroni and cheese. You have 25 minutes to finish this without throwing up; as such, you can imagine that the Wall of Shame is far greater than the Wall of Fame.
If you can complete that, we here at the Clog will be extremely impressed.
But if you’re not in the mood for fried foods, Fentons has its very own ice cream challenge. This challenge involves eating an enormous sundae in 20 minutes. A lot more people have accomplished this one, earning themselves a free shirt and some picture-taking.
Another challenge you can grab with a visit to Telegraph is the Chipotle Challenge. Eat three full Chipotle burritos in 45 minutes. This is difficult enough, but it’s not the end of the challenge — directly afterwards, you have to run a mile in under eight minutes. Just try not to puke.
#4 Go to San Francisco’s Gay Pride Weekend
If there’s one celebration San Francisco is known for, it’s Gay Pride weekend. Before leaving the Bay Area, attending at least one LGBT parade is a must. This summer is the perfect time to start.
The festivities include a Dyke March this Saturday, starting in Dolores Park at 6 p.m. with the Pink Saturday After Party running until 11 p.m. “Men are asked to be allies and support from the sidelines,” reads the website. Don’t worry boys, you’ll get your chances to join in.
Apparently the big event this year is Juanita’s Party, which everyone is buzzing about and which will be donating all proceeds ($25 cover charge for admission) to the San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center. You can expect to see lots of glitter, rainbow and pink abounding — in fact, our eyes have been assaulted with far too much hot pink in gay pride website viewing.
Dress up or wear nothing, and be sure to pre-game. We can’t really express the craziness and fun of gay pride weekend — you’ll just have to check it out yourself.
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