Wednesday, June 15, 2016

San Francisco, from West Portal thru the Sunset, past the Cliff House, thru Lands End and into the Richmond: 15 June 2016

We took the San Francisco L-Taraval Muni Metro streetcar line through Twin Peaks Tunnel to the West Portal StationWe then did a short walking tour of St Francis Wood before returning to the West Portal Station. After which, we boarded another L-Taraval streetcar heading towards the Pacific Ocean. We exited the streetcar at 24th Avenue and proceeded to walk north, through the Sunset District, towards Golden Gate Park. We passed Sunset Reservoir, which has a storage capacity of approximately 180 million gallons of water. The City of San Francisco had 25,000 solar panels attached to the roof of the reservoir in 2010. The solar panels add 5 million watts of electricity to the San Francisco power grid, on an annual basis.

When we reached Judah Street, we boarded an N-Judah Muni Metro streetcar and took it to the Great Highway at the western edge of the North American Continent. We walked north, past the Cliff House and the site of the Sutro Baths and entered Lands End, a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. We walked through Lands End and then viewed the Lincoln Park Steps. The steps were recently upgraded with a magnificent colored tile facade. We then walked through the Richmond District. At Geary Boulevard at Stanyan Street, we boarded a 38-Geary bus, going to downtown San Francisco, which was the conclusion of the walk.

This map shows an overview of the location of the hike & streetcar/bus transportation. Included on the map is a GPS generated track of the route, including mile markersClick on the image to see the full-size map.
 The Lincoln Park Steps. The view is looking west. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The site of the Sutro Baths. The view is looking north. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The Cliff House. The view is looking north. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The site of the Sutro Baths. The view is looking north. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The site of the Sutro Baths. The view is looking west. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The site of the Sutro Baths. The view is looking south. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from Lands End. The view is looking east. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
 The Marin Headlands and Mount Tamalpais as seen from Lands End. The view is looking north. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The Golden Gate Bridge as seen from Lands End. The view is looking east. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The distance traveled by foot was approximately 8.2 miles (13.2 kilometers). The distance traveled by public transportation was approximately 5.8 miles. The total distance traveled was 14 miles. Included on the map is a GPS generated track of the route, which includes walking, streetcar and bus data. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Point Reyes National Seashore: 12 June 2016

Nikki was the organizer of this fast-paced hike at Point Reyes National SeashoreThe walk started at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. We then proceeded to crank-up the Mount Wittenberg Trail, and then descended the Sky Trail to the site of Arch Rock. After a fifteen-minute lunch break, we returned to the start of the hike via the Bear Valley Trail. Seventeen people participated in this beautiful and somewhat challenging hike.
On 21 March 2015, Arch Rock collapsed killing one person and critically injuring another person.


This map shows an overview of the location of the hike. Included on the map is a GPS generated track of the route, including mile markersClick on the image to see the full-size map.
The hiking group on Mount Wittenberg. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Nikki was the leader of the hike. Click on the image to see the full-size picture.
The group has been moving fast, and we are now taking a 2-3 minute rest break on the Sky Trail. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
This lovely tree is located adjacent to the Sky Trail. Click on the image to see the full-size picture.
A view of Coast Creek shortly before it meets the Pacific Ocean. Click on the picture to see the full-size photograph.
A view looking north; the Coast Trail is visible. Click on the image to see the full-size picture.
About 15 months ago Arch Rock collapsed, killing a San Francisco preschool teacher. Click on the picture to see the full-size photograph.
 This photo was taken from a helicopter by a National Park Service photographer, shortly after the collapse of Arch Rock on 21 March 2015. Click on the image to see the full-size picture.
A view of the remains of Arch Rock. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view from the site of Arch Rock, looking north. Click on the picture to see the full-size photo.
A view from the site of Arch Rock, looking southClick on the picture to see the full-size photograph.
This graph shows the elevation changes encountered during the hike. Click on the image to see the full-size chart.
The distance traveled was approximately 11.4 miles (18.3 kilometers). The cumulative elevation gain was about 1,801 feet (549 meters). Included on the map is a GPS generated track of the route, which includes mile markers. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
“A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.”-Dorothea Lange

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