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.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

1.7 miles in the Richmond District

Alas, we have arrived in what could be deemed my
favorite 1.7 miles of San Francisco.

Of all the neighborhoods in this magnificent city, I find myself on these sidewalks most frequently.  Why, you ask?

1) the shopping...

2) the eating... 
and 3) the drinking.

The sidewalk art isn't too bad either.

You're welcome.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

2.6 miles in Sea Cliff / Land's End

 If you're having one of those days when you just need to surround yourself in wealth and insane views, then head over to Sea Cliff.  This neighborhood delivers.

I've walked here before.  But the experience never loses its luster.

 Neither do the views.  THE VIEWS!!

 A few details I haven't point out on previous walks: 
1) artistic landscaping,

3) a short walk to the Legion of Honor art museum. (swoon)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

APRIL STATS: 9.5 miles

APRIL 2011: 9.5 miles
SINCE I STARTED: 514 miles

Two things: 1) I am one walk away from being totally and completely done with the Marina District (!!!); 2) I need to overcome my fear of those hills in the middle of the city (identified by the white void in the center of my map).  I think my problem is that I had such a hard time walking the hills in the Inner Sunset that I really have no desire to get back to that part of town, which is completely unfair to those neighborhoods since I hear they have killer views and lovely homes.  My plan for overcoming this issue is to start at the top of the hill and walk DOWN, doing my darnedest not to have to walk UP any of those inclines.  We'll see how this goes...