In California, the closest thing we have to ruins might be the missions. Maggie and I joked about that this past weekend as we walked around the skeletons of the Sutro Baths and kept referring to the site as “like, ruins.”
Have you heard of this place at the edge of the sea in San Francisco? The Baths — the world’s largest indoor swimming pool — were built in the 1890s by a wealthy entrepreneur. It had seven pools, one fresh water and the others were salt water. The pools struggled to stay open, and closed in the ’60s. Shortly after, a fire erupted and finished off what was already in the process of being demolished.
Now, the Sutro Baths are left, quite literally, in ruins. You can walk through some of the walkways and climb the concrete walls. It’s fun to see, but hard to imagine what it was like more than 100 years ago.
Here’s a little peak into our hike down the stairs to the Sutro Baths. Do you know any other “ruins” out there?