Monday, May 30, 2011

2.1 miles in Golden Gate Park

I don't know how it was possible, but I forgot to post this walk when I took it back in March.  Well, to clarify, I did post it over at Ocean Beach Bulletin, I just didn't post it here or include it in my master map.

It's so fun to walk in Golden Gate Park.  There is always so much to see.  Like men showing their sons the ancient art of achery...

...or a heated soccer game. 

My sister-in-law, Sam, loves the graffiti-covered structures hiding in the bushes north of MLK, Jr. Drive.

The painted chaos really is pretty fun to study.

My favorite resident of GGP is the old Dutch Windmill.  It was built in 1902 to provide fresh water for irrigating the park. Thanks to its success in pumping and routing water all over the park, more than 2 million trees were planted, making Golden Gate Park the largest botanical garden in the world at that time. But by 1913, electric water pumps rendered the windill outmoded and retired. Since then, it has experienced periods of decay and restoration, but it stands proud today as a monument to green technology.

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