Saturday, July 30, 2016

San Francisco's West Portal District, the Sigmund Stern Grove and the Sunset District: 30 July 2016

 I did a delightful walk from West Portal Station to Geary Boulevard.
The approximate distance traveled as tracked by GPS was 7 miles (11.3 kilometers). The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 579 feet (176 meters). Mile markers are shown on the route’s track. Click on the image to see the full-size map.
The Muni Metro West Portal Station. An L-Taraval streetcar's headlights are visible in the tunnel. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The L-Taraval streetcar is leaving the West Portal Station and traveling to the San Francisco Zoo. Click the image to see the full-size photograph.
This picture was taken from the front of the West Portal Station. The view is looking south down West Portal Avenue. It is cold and foggy with drops of water falling from the sky... lovelyClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
 The massive French Chateau style residential building is part of an 11-acre parcel known as Arden Wood, a Christian Scientist residential care facility. Click on the image to see the full-size photo. 
This is a farmhouse that was built in the 1870s by the Greene Family. It is now used mainly for wedding receptions. It is a part of Sigmund Stern Grove. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A view of the location of Stern Grove Festival. The workmen are preparing the site for tomorrow's performance by the San Francisco Ballet. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
A seating area in the Stern Grove Festival. Click the image to see the full-size photo.
A pathway in Sigmund Stern Recreational Grove. Click the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view of St. Cecilia Catholic Church and School. It is located on Vicente Street at 16th Avenue. Click the image to see the full-size photo.
This playground is a part of Edgewood Center for Children and FamiliesClick the image to see the full-size photograph.
A view looking west from 30th Avenue. The Pacific Ocean can be seen in the distance when it's not foggy. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
 Shin Toe Bul Yi Korean Restaurant. It is located on Taraval Street at 30th Avenue. Click the image to see the full-size photograph.
Yes! The Pacific Ocean is visible, barely. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
The house at 1471 30th Avenue was built by Doelger Home Styles. Mr. Doelger built so many homes in this area that the area is now known as Doelger City. The house is located in the Outer Sunset District and it appears that the structure was built sometime in the 1920s or 1930s. The style of this house was known as Mediterranean Revival. Click 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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Saturday, July 9, 2016

From the Ferry Building through Haight-Ashbury, and into the Mission: 9 July 2016

I joined a group of walkers about 3 miles into my walk and enjoyed their company walking into the Haight, after which I continued to the Mission District.

The route of the 9 July ramble. The approximate distance traveled as tracked by GPS was 8.4 miles. The approximate cumulative elevation gain was 634 feet. Mile markers are shown on the route’s track. 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.
San Francisco City HallClick on the image to see the full-size photograph.
San Francisco War Memorial Opera HouseClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
 A restaurant on Gough Street in the Filmore District. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
An apartment building in Haight-Ashbury. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The corner of Haight Street and Masonic Avenue. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
In the Haight. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
In the Haight. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
An apartment building in the Haight-Ashbury District. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
In the Haight. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
These homes are in the Haight-Ashbury District. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
This attractive home is located in the Duboce Triangle. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
A store in the Mission District. 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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Friday, July 1, 2016

Ascending the west side of Mount Sutro: 1 July 2016

Donna and I ascended San Francisco's Mount Sutro from the west side of the 909 foot (277 meters) mountain.
The western portion of the mountain was enveloped in morning fog; a cold wind was blowing, and rain was falling. The western part of San Francisco is the foggiest area of San Francisco, especially in the summer. Fog from the Pacific Ocean barrels into the Sunset District and then hits the western flank of Mount Sutro. On this hike, the eastern side of the mountain was not only less foggy, but there was also no wind nor rain.
After we had descended the eastern flank of the mountain, we went to La Boulangerie de San Francisco on Cole Street for some java and pastries. We then walked through the Cole Valley and Corona Heights neighborhoods and took a Muni Metro F-Market & Wharves streetcar from Castro Street/Market Street to Fisherman's Wharf. After which we took a little stroll in Fisherman's Wharf and proceeded to walk on Columbus Avenue through North BeachWe finished the hike in the Financial District.

The map shows an overview of the location of the combined hiking route & streetcar route.The distance traveled by foot was approximately 7.5 miles (12.1 kilometers). The distance traveled by streetcar was about 5.5 miles. The total distance traveled was approximately 13 miles. The cumulative elevation gain was 1,155 feet (352 meters). Included on the map is a GPS generated track of the route, which includes walking and streetcar data plus mile markers. 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.
The Forest Hill neighborhoodClick on the picture to see the full-size photograph.


A pathway in Forest HillClick on the picture to see the full-size photo.
Climbing the west side of Mount Sutro. The view is looking northwest, and Grand View Park is barely visible in the fog. St. Anne of the Sunset Catholic Church can be seen on the far right. The large church has a red facade. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
Cranking up Oakhurst Lane during the ascent of Mount Sutro. The view is looking eastClick on the image to see the full-size photo.


The summit of Mount Sutro is at an elevation of 909 feet. From the late 1950s through the 1960s, this was the location of Nike Missile Radar Acquisition site SF-89C. This radar site was the eyes for Nike Missile Launching site SF-89L, which was located at the Presidio Army Base. The missile launching and radar acquisition sites were approximately 2.5 miles apart. They had a line-of-sight view of one another. Donna took this picture as I am looking at current location information on a Garmin GPS device. A GPS has proven to be indispensable when I am traversing terrain. It is the difference between knowing where you are in relationship to where you are going, and getting lost.

Descending the Greenbelt Trail on the eastern flank of Mount SutroClick on the image to see the full-size photo.
Looking at Bernal Heights Summit, as seen from the Corona Heights neighborhood. The view is looking southeast. Click on the image to see the full-size photograph.
The intersection of Market Street and Castro StreetWe will board an F-Market Streetcar at this location and take the streetcar to Fisherman's Wharf. The view is looking south. Click on the image to see the full-size photo.
This map shows the route we took on the ascent and descent of Mount Sutro. 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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