Another oasis in San Francisco is Golden Gate Park, with its Japanese Tea Garden,
its peaceful fields that just might contain a surprising art installation,
its tranquil lakes,
and even a Conservatory of Flowers,
whose stunning Dahlia's provide a welcome, yet bitter, snack to one of Li'l Tom's new friends in The Case of the New Year Dragon.
The park is also home to the magnificent De Young Museum of Fine Arts, as well as the California Academy of Sciences. This progressive scientific institution hosts an aquarium, a planetarium, as well as a museum of natural history, all under a "living roof." Claude, a 22-year-old albino alligator and one of the Academy's most famous residents, just might make an appearance in The Case of the New Year Dragon.