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.

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