Thursday, June 30, 2011

2 miles in Mission Terrace

Yeah, I didn't know there was a neighborhood called Mission Terrace either.

It's actually a pretty decent wedge of the city, considering it borders Geneva, a really busy (and dangerous) street.  Pedestrians - be alert when you walk on Geneva, the crosswalks are bizarre because they aren't always at intersections with traffic signals!

The side streets are actaully pretty cozy.  Alemany has a really nice boulevard of trees for shade.

The gigantic focal point of Mission Terrace is Balboa High School.  I don't know what the quality of the education is here, but the facility looks pretty great.

The athletic fields are huge and well maintained.

There is a fairly good sized garden in the back yard.

And its mural is painted by a friend of mine.  Seriously. I know the guy that painted this one.  Too bad the fences keep me from actually seeing any of the details.  It looks pretty cool from the street, though.

As for other art in the neighborhood, this one stands out.  My theory is that it was painted by a disgruntled sunflower seed eater.

And then there was this one.  I dig the 'stache.

2.7 miles in Outer Sunset

This is the walk I took earlier this month for the Ocean Beach Bulletin.  I abridged the walk for that column, but here's the full path I actually took.

Ooh! My mom joined me on this walk when she visited from Florida.

In addition to the pictures I already posted in the column over at the OBB, here are a few points of interest:

Baked beans for breakfast.  Yum?

Insanely gorgeous rose.

Single most pathetic plant I've ever seen.

Peeky, peeky.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

2.8 miles in SoMa

Oh, SoMa, you dirty bird... I really want to like this neighborhood and the gentrification that is occurring, but there are patches and alleys that are pretty darn sketchy.  To be fair to the residents in this area, I'll leave the sketch to your imagination and only highlight the cool stuff.

Like, for instance, the Old Mint building built in 1874 and survived the 1906 earthquake...

...and the San Francisco Chronicle building.  Interesting fact about the Chronicle: Mark Twain used to write pieces for the paper in exchange for desk space. that thing dangerous?

Looking past the drug dealers loiterers present in each SoMa alley, the murals are actually worth a walk.  Here are just a few:    

DISCLAIMER: Seriously, I don't recommend walking around 6th Street after dark and/or alone.  Stick to exploring this area on a nice sunny day with a friend.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

2 miles in Glen Park

This little wedge of a neighborhood is, I believe, part of Glen Park. 
Correct me if I'm wrong.

Google led me to believe this was a flatter walk than it really was. 
Oh, well.  It made for a good workout.

I really like this neighborhood.  It's a quiet, quaint mix of old homes...

...and funky new ones.

The yards are small, so flower beds are the norm.

Points of interest are the Fairmount Spanish immersion school...

...and a hippy bus.

Do edible cherries grow on trees with red leaves?  This looks like a cherry but I resisted eating it just in case it's deadly.

The flattest leg of the walk was heading back to my car on Dolores.  I never get tired of walking this street because I have a crush on palm trees.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

2.6 miles in Ingleside Terraces

 Dear Ingleside Terraces, it's good to see you again.

This neighborhood is like the first cousin to St. Francis Wood, just south of Ocean Avenue.

 It's home to:
1) large palm trees,
2) unique lawn ornamentation,

3) gorgeous landscaping,

4) the very first treehouse I've come across in San Francisco,

5) purple lawns, and

6) this thing.

Someone please tell me what I'm looking at; I'm terribly curious.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

MAY STATS: 6.4 miles

MAY 2011: 6.4

I know, I mileage this month was pretty impressive (not!).  Sorry about that.  I blame the German classes I've been taking twice a week and yoga classes I've been taking on Saturdays.  The good news is that German classes are over now, so I'll be able to add two more evenings a week back into rotation.  So barring bad weather and overtime at work, I'll be able to pick up the pace in June.