Saturday, September 27, 2014

A hike on some of Oakland's hidden stairways and pathways: 27 September 2014

I joined a walking group, and we explored some of the streets, paths, and walkways of Oakland. There were 21 people on this walk. Interestingly, we walked past the childhood home of one of the participants. Her mother still lives in the house, and she came out to greet her daughter and the walkers.

The route we traveled, with mile markers shown. The approximate distance covered, as measured by a GPS receiver, was 9.8 miles. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
A graph of the elevation changes encountered during the ramble. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 1,250 feet. Click on the image to see the full-size chart.

The group met in Oakland at Tierra Mia Coffee, which is located on Broadway, and is one block from the 19th Street BART station. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Downtown Oakland Sears Roebuck building. It was completed in 1929, and it incurred significant internal damage during the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The Oakland Veterans’ Memorial Building was completed in 1926. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A partial view of Lake Merritt. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A house located in the Adams Point neighborhood. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Walking through the Adams Point neighborhood. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Descending a stairway in the Adams Point neighborhood. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The group is in front of a stately home located in the Crocker Highlands neighborhoodClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The entryway to the house. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
We are rambling through Crocker Highlands. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
One of the participants in the walk spent her childhood in this home. Her mom still resides in the house, and she came out to greet the group of walkers. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A house in the Trestle Glen neighborhoodClick on the image to see the full-size photo.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

San Francisco's Bernal Heights District, plus an Arnold Genthe photo: 13 September 2014

On Saturday 13 September I joined a group of forty people who were going to walk through the Bernal Heights District of San Francisco. The walk was scheduled to start at 1:00 pm and I decided to go to San Francisco earlier to do some additional explorations before the commencement of the group walk. The first item on my agenda was to go to the intersection of Sacramento Street and Miller Place. There I could take a “now photograph” of a scene photographed, and made famous, by Arnold Genthe on 18 April 1906, the day of the Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire.

This photograph was taken by Arnold Genthe on the day of the Great Earthquake and FireClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
I took this photo from the same location that Mr. Genthe took his iconic photograph 108 years agoClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.

 I recently read that La Taqueria, on Mission Street, was just voted the restaurant which makes the best burritos in the country. La Taqueria is only four block from the start of the group walk. I decided to check out La Taqueria. The place was full of people, and it was not yet 11:30 am. I ordered a burrito; yes, it was excellente. I also did some walking around the Mission Street area, looking for street art, which is known to be an integral part of the San Francisco Mission District character.

The hiking route with mile markers shown. The approximate distance covered, as measured by a GPS receiver, was approximately 5.2 miles. The route had an approximate elevation gain of 1,070 feet. Click on the image to see the full-size map.

La Taqueria, 2889 Mission Street, San Francisco. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The taqueria was very busy. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
San Francisco Mission District Street ArtClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
More street art in the Mission District. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Apartment buildings in the Mission. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The walking group met at Muddy’s Coffee House which is located on Valencia Street at 24th Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A plaque at 1538 Valencia Street denoting the site of the original location of the Bancroft LibraryClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view of Twin Peaks and Sutro Tower, as seen from near Precita ParkClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
A photograph of Stony Hill (282 feet), which is located in the Bayview District, as seen from Bernal Heights Park. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Bay View Hill (420 feet) as seen from Bernal Heights Park. Candlestick Park, which is located to the left of Bay View Hill, is scheduled for demolition. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view looking northeast at downtown San Francisco, as seen from Bernal Heights ParkClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The fog came in fast; with little warning. Before long the wind had increased, the temperature decreased, and the sun was blocked from view. Compare this picture of Twin Peaks and Sutro Tower with the picture I took earlier in this walk. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The fog is barreling in. Under the fog is Daly City and Colma, which is San Francisco’s necropolis, a town with 1500 citizens and more than a million grave sites. The fog will soon envelop the location where I am now standing. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”-Dorothea Lange

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

The San Francisco Giants vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks: 11 September 2014

This baseball game took place on the thirteenth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the New York City World Trade Center. Ceremonies were commemorating 11 September 2001 before the game began. It was an exciting game, and San Francisco won 6 to 2.


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San Francisco Fire Department’s Guardian Fireboat No.2. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
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Downtown Oakland is visible across San Francisco Bay. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The western span of the Bay Bridge. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Another view of the western span of the Bay Bridge. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view of Cupid’s Span, installed on the San Francisco Embarcadero in 2002. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”-Dorothea Lange

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

San Francisco, remembering the Great Earthquake and Fire of 18 April 1906: 7 September 2014

The walk I took ascended to the top of Telegraph Hill and the top of Russian Hill. About 50% of the hike was within the area that was devastated by the fire. The primary cause of property destruction resulted from the fire, not the earthquake.The fire lasted four days as it moved unimpeded through a large section of the city. City officials and the US Army declared a State of Emergency and San Francisco Mayor Eugene Schmitz made the following proclamation:



The route with mile markers shown. The approximate distance covered, as measured by a GPS receiver, was 6.7 miles. Click on the image to see the full-size map.

Map of San Francisco, April 18-21, 1906. 

Showing limits of the burned area destroyed by the fire of April 18th - 21st, 1906, following the earthquake of April 18th, 1906. Prepared from the best information available in the office of the Chief Engineer, Pacific Division, U.S. Army. May 1906.

Within the burned area three locations were not destroyed by the four days of fire. They are Telegraph Hill, Russian Hill and a small area between Jackson Street, Montgomery Street, Washington Street and Battery Street.

The map is held by the Bancroft Library, the University of California, Berkeley. Click the image to see the full-size map.
THEN This photograph was taken from Sacramento Street at Miles Place (now Miller Place) by Arnold Genthe during the morning of 18 April 1906.  Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Mr. Genthe stated that the photograph showed 
the results of the earthquake, the beginning of the fire and the attitude of the people.” And, “I found that my hand cameras had been so damaged by the falling plaster as to be rendered useless. I went to Montgomery Street to the shop of George Kahn, my dealer, and asked him to lend me a camera. 'Take anything you want. This place is going to burn up anyway.' I selected the best small camera, a 3A Kodak Special I stuffed my pockets with films and started out.... Of the pictures I had made during the fire, there are several, I believe, that will be of lasting interest. There is particularly the one scene that I recorded the morning of the first day of the fire (along Sacramento Street, looking toward the Bay) which shows, in a pictorially effective composition, the results of the earthquake, the beginning of the fire and the attitude of the people. On the right is a house, the front of which had collapsed into the street. The occupants are sitting on chairs calmly watching the approach of the fire. Groups of people are standing in the street, motionless, gazing at the clouds of smoke. When the fire crept up close, they would just move up a block. It is hard to believe that such a scene actually occurred in the way the photograph represents it. Several people upon seeing it have exclaimed, "Oh, is that a still from a Cecil De Mille picture?" To which the answer has been, “No. the director of this scene was the Lord himself.
NOW I took this photograph on 13 September 2014. It was taken from the same location that Arnold Genthe took his iconic photograph on 18 April 1906. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
This photograph was taken from Drumm Street, which is located in the Financial District. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

A Financial District apartment building. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
An old brick building located on Battery Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view of the east side of Telegraph Hill as seen from Sansome Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The Filbert Street Stairway accesses Telegraph Hill from the east. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
On Napier Lane, Telegraph Hill. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Coit Tower is located at the summit of Telegraph Hill. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view from the summit (elevation 275 feet) of Telegraph Hill looking northwest. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view of the steeples of Saints Peter and Paul Church as seen from Greenwich Street. The church is located at Filbert Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view of Scotland Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.

Two young ladies are strolling down Columbus Avenue. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.


A parking garage located on Filbert Street, in the North Beach neighborhood. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A young lady is passing by Cafe Pellegrini which is located on Columbus Avenue, North Beach. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Pho Vung Tau Vietnamese restaurant is located on Vallejo Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view from the summit of Russian Hill (294 feet), looking west down Vallejo Street. The Presidio is the wooded area in the background. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A Victorian house located on Vallejo Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A picture taken from the summit of Fillmore Street looking north toward San Francisco Bay. The town of Tiburon is in the distance. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Heading south on Fillmore Street, through the Upper Fillmore commercial/shopping district. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
San Francisco City Hall was rebuilt in a new location after the earthquake and fire; it reopened in 1915. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Old City Hall, built over a period of 25 years, was destroyed by the earthquake and fire of 1906. It was located three blocks from the location of the current City Hall structure. The site of the old city hall is now occupied by the New Main LibraryClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The War Memorial Opera House was completed in 1932. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall was completed in 1980. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”-Dorothea Lange

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