Saturday, April 30, 2016

San Francisco, from the Outer Sunset District to the Financial District: 30 April 2016

I decided to walk through San Francisco on Saturday. I started the ramble in the Sunset District and headed north along Ocean Beach. Then it was up to Sutro Heights to visit the site of Adolph Sutro's Mansion. After which, I headed east on Geary Boulevard and California Street to Montgomery Street, where I concluded the ramble. The weather was perfect.



A map of the route. Approximate distance traveled was 9.6 miles (15.4 kilometers). The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 777 feet (237 meters). Mile markers are displayed on the GPS generated track. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
This graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the hike. Click on the image to see the full-size chart.
Street art in the Outer Sunset District as seen on the side of a house on Irving Street. Click on the picture to see the full-size photo.
An apartment building on Irving Street. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view of the Cliff House and Seal Rocks. This picture was taken from the Ocean Beach pedestrian walkway. The glorious Marin Headlands are in the background. The view is looking north. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A picture of the third of five Cliff Houses built on the same site. This photo was taken in 1896, the year the third Cliff House has been constructed. Interestingly, the photograph was taken by a camera which was held in the air by a giant kite. After the kite was at an appropriate height and the camera was facing in the preferred direction, the camera's shutter was activated by a person on the ground. He or she pulled a wire which was connected to the kite and attached to the camera. 
You had only one opportunity to take a picture. After the photo had been taken the kite was reeled in; the camera was removed from the kite. The camera was then taken to a 'dark room' where the exposed image became visible after the film was submerged in three different liquid chemical baths. 
Taking airborne pictures of terrain and manmade objects in the late 1800s and early 1900s was very popular. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The third and most beautiful of the five Cliff Houses was destroyed by fire on 7 September 1907. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The Cliff House and Seal Rocks as seen from Sutro Heights Park. The park is on the National Register of Historic Places. Here are some old photos taken at Sutro Heights ParkClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A game of volleyball on Ocean Beach. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
Looking south, towards Ocean Beach. Montara Mountain is visible. The photo was taken from Sutro Heights Park. You will not see anyone swimming in the ocean and very few people wading in the water. There is a good reason for that. Ocean Beach and most of the beaches in Northern California can be deadly to humans if people venture into the water, or are too close to the water and a rogue wave pulls them in. The ocean's violent and powerful rip currents have pulled many thousands of people out to the ocean from Ocean Beach. The very cold temperature of the water can disable a person within a few minutes. Most of the people pulled out into the ocean have drowned, unfortunately. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Another photo of the Cliff House and Seal Rocks. The Marin Headlands are in the distance; the view is looking north. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
statue of Diana the Huntress. She is located on the site of the old Sutro Mansion. She and her animal friend are looking a little tired, but please remember that they have been at this location since 1886. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A picture of the Diana the Huntress statue taken in 1886 at the same location. One of the many gardeners who maintained the gardens looks at the camera. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A photograph of Diana the Huntress as seen from the rear. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
This San Francisco firehouse was built in1928 and is located on 41st Avenue at Geary Boulevard in the Outer Richmond District. It is Firehouse #34, whose primary function is to serve as one of two San Francisco Coastal Rescue Units. The firehouse is not far from Lands End, and there are many locations in Lands End from which a careless or foolish person can lose his or her footing and fall off of a cliff. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A picture of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral on Geary Street in the Richmond District. Click on the picture to see the full-size photo.
A four image panoramic photo looking east towards downtown San Francisco. The photograph was taken from Masonic Avenue. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
On Geary Boulevard in the Richmond DistrictClick 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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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: 5 April 2016

The Conservatory of Flowers, a San Francisco treasure, is located in Golden Gate Park. It has been at the same location since 1879. It is, in fact, the oldest public glass and wood greenhouse in North America.
We did a little ramble from 9th Street and Irving Street through Golden Gate Park stopping at the Conservatory of Flowers and the MH de Young Museum. We then walked through the North of the Panhandle neighborhood, past St. Ignatius Catholic Church and the University of San Francisco. We finally cruised through Alamo Park, the Western Addition, and had a bite to eat in Japantown. After which, we boarded the Muni Metro 38 bus on Geary Boulevard and disembarked at Powell Street. We took BART back to Berkeley. Donna joined me on this ramble.

The approximate distance traveled was 5.6 miles (9 kilometers). Mile markers are displayed on the GPS generated track. Click the image to see the full-size map.
The Conservatory of Flowers. Click the image to see the full-size photograph.
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A view from the enclosed glass tower of the de Young Museum. The California Academy of Sciences is the building with the earthen roof cover. The large buildings behind the California Academy of Sciences are part of the University of California, San FranciscoSutro Tower overlooks the scene. The view is looking south. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
St. Ignatius Church sits on top of Ignatius Heights a 354-foot high hill (108 meters). It is the tallest structure in the area, and it is a true San Francisco landmark. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A victorian house in the Western Addition neighborhood. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view from Alamo Square ParkClick 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, April 3, 2016

Circumnavigating Briones Reservoir: 3 April 2016

The last time I circumnavigated Briones Reservoir was about 25-30 years ago. I thought this would be an appropriate time to do it again. When I last did Briones, I ran around the reservoir; this time I walked around the reservoir. Both adventures were enjoyable.


Briones Reservoir is approximately 10 miles east of Berkeley, as shown on this map of the area. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
A map of the route. Approximate distance traveled was 13.5 miles (21.7 kilometers). The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 1,843 feet (562 meters). Mile markers are displayed on the GPS generated track. Click on the image to see the full-size map.

This graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the hike. Click on the image to see the full-size graph.

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 Briones Reservoir's earthen dam is visible. This view is looking southwest. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A photo taken from the top of the earthen dam. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
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Donna joined me on this ramble. 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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