Friday, September 30, 2011

3.8 miles in Mt. Davidson Manor

 Sha-zam! This month flew by.  I took this walk last weekend but had no time to post until now.  If I hurry, it will post in September. 

 Last Sunday was pretty foggy so I decided to walk in a neighborhood with a little color.
 Mt. Davidson Manor is just south of St. Francis Wood and is full of very colorful landscaping.

 It also has a bunch of peculiar lawn ornamentation.

Out on Ocean Avenue, there are various restaurants and stores.

Mt. Davidson Manor has clothing sales...

and garage sales...

and even this art sale.

I'm done typing and it's still September.  Phew!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

2 miles in the Presidio

San Francisco has approximately six days a year with a temperature above 80 degrees.  Today was one of those days.  Since we don't have air conditioning in our house, I decided to take the baby to what I thought would be a cool neighborhood for a walk.  I decided the Presidio would have plenty of shade under the big trees.

In the shade, it was fairly comfortable...

The problem was that there was very little shade on the course I took.  We tooled around residential neighborhoods south of the Lucas Film complex which were lovely but brutally hot.

There are a surprising number of young families living in the Presidio.  How neat would that be to grow up in one of these houses?

Above the rooftops, there are some surprisingly killer views.

I just wish I could have stopped to appreciate the views more, but I don't know if I've mentioned this - I was HOT!

Fortunately, our walk ended at Starbucks where I could enjoy a coconut creme frap.  Here's a picture of Annika and I melting in front of the Yoda fountain in the Lucas Film complex at the end of our walk.

Tomorrow's heat-beating walk: inside an air conditioned mall.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

1.8 miles in Forest Knolls

Since my husband was home to watch the baby this morning,
I decided to take advantage and hike up Mt. Sutro.

Forest Knolls is the neighborhood at the top of the hill.

Aside from this lonesome television, the roads are fairly quiet and devoid of points of interest.

I hate when this happens.

Unlike other hilltops in the city that are reserved for scenic overlooks, the top of Mt. Sutro is actually covered by UCSF buildings and parking lots.  There is a wooded open space in the middle but it is lined with insanely tall trees to eliminate any possible views of the city.  Ergo, my photos are what you call: BORING.  Sorry.

This sign should be bright red with flashing lights because about eighteen inches beyond that little rope barrier is an EXTREMELY steep plummet-to-your-instant-death-probably-to-not-be-found-again shoulder in the middle of the open space.  Definitely not a kid-friendly walk.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

2.8 miles in South Park

This is it:  the maiden voyage with Annika in the stroller.

She's still just a little 5lb squirt so to avoid crowds on Labor Day, we headed for the South Park neighborhood which was spooky quiet.

I always enjoy walking through this neighborhood.  It's a nonthreatening mix of grungy urban...

...with techy urban.

Besides being super close to the Embarcadero and AT&T Park, South Park has super cute housing and cool murals.

Oh, and South Park is home to some great food and drink.  I was looking forward to eating at The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen (they have gluten free bread!) but it was CLOSED.

As was the Townsend Restaurant.  [Insert frowny face here.] 

But no worries, Tres Agaves was open and I got my favorite bowl of soup.  So good!

While I inhaled the chips and guac, Annika enjoyed her leche.

We both agree this was a successful walk and are looking forward to the next one! 

Monday, September 5, 2011

AUGUST STATS: 4.3 miles

AUGUST 2011: 4.3 miles
SINCE I STARTED: 552.1 miles

I honestly didn't expect to walk at all in August since I had my baby on the 7th, but I was able to sneak out for two walks at the end of the month.  Since I'll now be walking with a stroller, I'm going to stick to the flatter parts of town until Annika's neck is stronger and can handle rolling through rougher terrain.  This means I'll focus on Mission Bay, the Sunset District and Golden Gate Park in September and October.  Off we go!