Sunday, January 24, 2016

San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury: 24 January 2016

I joined a group of friendly hikers. We toured the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. Nikki was the knowledgeable leader of the group. 


Approximate distance traveled was 7.6 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 945 feet. Mile markers are shown on the GPS generated track. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
  Hunter S. Thompson lived at 318 Parnassus Street while writing Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in 1967. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Hunter S. Thompson and his IBM Selectric typewriter. This picture is circa 1967 Photographer unknown. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The Hell's Angels Frisco Chapter was ensconced at 719 Ashbury Street in the late 1960s. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
On the road with Hell's Angels Frisco members. The picture is circa 1967. Photographer unknown. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Janis Joplin lived at 635 Ashbury Street in the late 1960s. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
This picture of Janis Joplin was taken in 1967. The location is Haight Street at Cole Street. Photograph by Peter Larsen. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Kezar Stadium, located in Golden Gate Park, is an outdoor sports stadium with a long illustrious history. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The Sharon Building. It was constructed to provide a food and rest stop for mothers and children who are visiting Golden Gate Park. The original structure was built in 1888. It was destroyed in the Great Earthquake of 1906. The structure was rebuilt and then badly damaged in a fire during 1973. It was rebuilt yet again. It is San Francisco Landmark #124. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view of the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center.  Mount Sutro is behind the medical center and Sutro Tower rises above all. This photo was taken from Golden Gate ParkClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
This is a view of the famous Painted Ladies. The 50th anniversary of Super Bowl, a football championship game, will be fought at Levi Stadium, which is located about 46 miles south of San Francisco. This photo was taken from Alamo Square ParkClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
We are cranking up Buena Vista Avenue West which is adjacent to Buena Vista Park. This view is looking north. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Graham Nash and his family lived at 731 Buena Vista Avenue West in the late 1960s. Nash commissioned the iron gate entryway. He was a member of Crosby, Stills and NashClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
Graham Nash in the early 1970s. Photographer unknown.
Jack London lived at 737 Buena Vista West Avenue while he was writing White Fang. Jack London also wrote: San Francisco Earthquake: The Story of an Eyewitness (scroll down to read his essay). It is a first-person account of the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906. It was published in Colliers Magazine on 5 May 1906... a month after the earthquake. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Jack London as seen in the early part of the Twentieth Century. Photographer unknown.

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Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sausalito to San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf: 21 January 2016

The weather forecast for Thursday 21 January was overcast and cloudy, but without rain in the forecast. I put together a last minute ramble to take advantage of the rain-free forecast. Here was the plan: Take BART from Berkeley to the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Go to the Ferry Building and board the ferry leaving at 10:00 am for Sausalito. Then walk from Sausalito to Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. After arriving at Fisherman's Wharf board a streetcar going to the Embarcadero and then get on BART for the ride back to Berkeley. It proved to be a successful plan.



The approximate distance traveled was 9.7 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 650 feet. Mile markers are shown on the GPS generated track. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
This beautiful brass statue of Mahatma Gandhi is located on the site of the San Francisco Ferry Building. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The western span of the Bay Bridge. Yerba Buena Island is on the left. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
We boarded the Golden Gate Ferry 'San Francisco' for the trip to Sausalito. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
And we are off! Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Donna and Lindy joined me on this ramble. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Here is a view of a portion of Angel Island. The brick building at sea level is an old Army warehouse which is located on the site of Camp Reynolds. Camp Reynolds was established during the Civil WarClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
Belvedere is in the center, and the Tiburon Peninsula is on the right. Mount Tamalpais can be seen peeking through the clouds. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Sausalito is straight ahead. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A fountain located in Vina del Mar Park, Sausalito. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
In Sausalito. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Here is a part of the remains of Battery Yateswhich is located at the site of Fort Baker. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Battery Yates. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Another view of Battery YatesClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
We are crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, heading towards San Francisco. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Lindy is taking a picture of the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge from the walkway on the Bridge. Yes, she is using the ubiquitous iPhone. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.

The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from San Francisco. A portion of Fort Point can be seen under the bridge. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
One more view of the Golden Gate Bridge. This view is from the Crissy Field Marsh area. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Here is a view of downtown San Francisco as seen from Crissy Field Marsh area. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view of the Palace of Fine Arts, which was a part of the 1915 Panama-Pacific ExpositionClick 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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Sunday, January 10, 2016

San Francisco, through Chinatown, Nob Hill, and the Financial District: 10 January 2016

The weather forecast for Sunday 10 January looked promising. I took BART to the Embarcadero on Sunday morning and did a 5.6-mile ramble through different San Francisco neighborhoods and finished the ramble at Fisherman's Wharf.


The approximate distance traveled was 5.6 miles. The approximate elevation gain was 570 feet. The track has mile markers and was generated by a GPS device. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
This graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the ramble. Click on the image to see the full-size graph.
The former headquarters of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Construction completed in 1924; building located at 400 Sansome Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
L'Occitane located in the Financial District at 2 Embarcadero CenterClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Picture taken at the intersection of Kearney Street and Sacramento Street. Click in the picture to see the full-size photo.
A view of Chinatown, as seen from Sacramento Street. The view is looking southwest. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
This picture taken at the intersection of Sacramento Street and Grant Avenue. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The intersection of Sacramento Street and Stockton Street. All of the overhead wires are part of the San Francisco Public Transit System. The cables are electrified, and they provide power for the fleet of electric buses which traverse this area. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The Fairmont Hotellocated on California Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
This mansion located at the top of Nob Hill; construction completed in 1886. It is one of two structures on Nob Hill that survived the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906. The mansion was the former home of James C. Flood, a silver baron of the 19th Century. He made his fortune from silver mines located in Virginia City, Nevada. The mansion is now the home of the Pacific-Union Club. It is San Francisco Designated Landmark #64 and located at 1000 California Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The Nob Hill Masonic Center located at 1111 California Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A partial view of Grace Cathedral located on Taylor Street at California Street. A San Francisco Municipal Railway cable car is traveling down California Street to the Financial District, its final destination. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
This intersection is at Polk Street and Pine Street. This locale is part of the Polk Gulch neighborhoodClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
San Bruno Mountain is visible in the distance. The picture was taken from the intersection of Pine Street and Larkin Street. The view is looking south. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The Nichiren Hokke Buddhist Church of Americalocated at 2016 Pine Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Picture was taken from the top of Fillmore Street. The view is looking north. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view of Mason Street as seen from Sacramento Street. The view is looking north. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
I'm rambling down Fillmore Street and heading towards San Francisco Bay. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view of the San Francisco National Maritime Historical Park. The three-masted, steel hulled, square-rigged cargo ship in this photo, was launched from a shipyard near Glasgow, Scotland in 1886. The ship is known as the Balclutha. It had a crew of 26 men and carried cargo around Cape Horn South America 17 times. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view from Aquatic Park Cove. Mount Tamalpais is in the distance. The upper portion of the mountain is shrouded by clouds, and being inundated with rain. The view is looking north. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph


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