San Francisco–Walking Style
Hate to disappoint anyone, but I didn’t leave my heart in San Francisco. I did however, have a great visit in a part business and part pleasure trip.
Denise was doing some work, and I drove down to join her a couple days later. We had some great meals (Belden Place is a great café alley), some did some serious urban walking up some amazing concrete hills, and saw an amazingly goofy parody musical called Beach Blanket Babylon. It’s been running so long in the same venue, the city renamed the street out front Beach Blanket Babylon Boulevard. The wigs, oh the wigs!
One of the highlights was going to the ocean on our last day in the city. Yes, San Francisco is not only the city by the bay (Oh no, now a Journey song is in my head!), it’s also perched on the Pacific. At a spot called Land’s End, my wife and I found a restaurant called the Cliff House that had a great if pricey lunch with stellar views of the Pacific.
Afterward, we cruised north on an easy trail that had a few challenges in its options. From Cliff House we walked a mile and a half to Eagle’s Nest. A lot of people were walking the mostly flat trail, along with some runners. At points there were trail junctions leading to the beach, the Legion of Honor Museum, and other destinations. In spots the foliage was fairly dense, and it was usually lovely.
At one point, there was a fence blocking access to Painted Rock because it was dangerous and there were concerns about erosion. I understood the concerns and kept walking. I was surprised when we got a view of the area from a couple minutes later above to see a number of people behind the barricade. I understand willingness to take personal risks, but to me, the risk of environmental degradation trumps that desire for freedom.
Later, we had to visit nearby Baker Beach. The neighborhood was upscale, but the beach was deserted. True, Iit was rather windy. Few people were on the sand. It was a perfect spot for Jackie Chan to. We would not complain when leaving town and heading to the East Bay, the skies clearer and the temperature more than twenty degrees higher. Great trip and great walking was had by all.
Posted on July 24, 2013, in Family, General Hiking, Hiking with dogs, Historical sites, Uncategorized, Urban Hiking, Waterways and tagged Baker Beach, Beach Blanket Babylon, Belden Place, Cliff House San Francisco, Pacific Ocean, San Francisco. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.