Monday, April 15, 2013

San Francisco Walks

At least once on the weekend, I like to take a long, long walk.  I like to walk as far away from home as I possibly can and then walk all the way back.  That usually amounts to around 7 miles round trip.

In the comments of the Reader Survey, a couple of people asked for a little more non-crafty info, so this weekend while we were walking, I thought I'd snap some pictures for you.

I didn't think of this until we were halfway through our walk.  And, I didn't come up with a theme or anything like that.  I feel like I totally borked the whole thing.  The photos aren't particularly beautiful nor San Francisco-y either.  Well, maybe a couple are.  

I'm going to post them anyway because I don't have the time to do a crafty post this week.  Oh, well.  Let's see what I decided to document ...

This is where I got the idea to take photos for you.  We were at the corner of Broadway and Fillmore and the road was falling away from us in both directions (straight ahead and to the left).  Click through to the Google Maps street view if you want to see for yourself.

The reason I took the photo is that you can barely see the top of the next streetlight down the block.  Here, let's take a closer look ...

Is that hilarious, or what?  Also, right out of frame is the Golden Gate Bridge (which I misspelled as one word in my images ... gah).  I thought I'd taken a photo of the bridge for you, but that photo didn't get saved on my phone.  Oops!

When you're standing at this corner, cars appear from below, as if by magic .  It's slightly terrifying if you're crossing the street on foot because the cars don't want to stop on the near-vertical road so they nose up into the intersection and I always feel like they are going to keep going and careen into me.

Believe me, I was happy to see those stairs when we crossed the street.  Walking down those hills can be brutal on your big toes because your feet slip to the front of your shoes and smash, smash, smash your big toe with every step.

I promptly forgot all about taking photos for you until I saw this GIGANTIC crane for which they'd closed the street.  I love big machinery.  I love watching big cranes, construction equipment, and anything like that.  I really don't know why.  I don't want to build big things.  I don't want to run the equipment.  It just fascinates me for some reason.

So, hey look, big crane.  Isn't San Francisco beautiful?  Haha!

We stopped to rest our feet at Yerba Buena Gardens and I took these last two photos.  Yerba Buena is pretty fantastic.

I hope this post isn't too ridiculous. :)  We'll be back to regular programming soon.

25 Comments leave a comment

Dear Alice,

thank you so much for this nice trip...beautiful photos!
Send you many greetings,
4/15/2013 9:23 AM

Lydia said ...
Wow! Are there no handrails for the stairway? That always scares me going down (I'm clumsy!).
4/15/2013 10:01 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Lydia ... Ha! No handrails. Def don't wanna fall down on this hill.
5/25/2013 9:57 PM

Katrijn said ...
I love this post.
I live in Belgium but we visited San Fransisco on our honeymoon, 11 years ago. We had a great time. Thank you for bringing back those memories :).
4/15/2013 10:22 AM

Gwen Flanagan said ...
San Francisco has always struck me as being a "light" city. That is it looks bright to me. Your pictures remind me of that. The colors are light, the water adds to that, and it does not feel boxed in like NY City. For a city of 3/4 million people it's a pretty city and not overwhelming to me.
It's got a lot of cool stuff going on, and yeah, you can get a great workout just walking. I used to walk a route through Nob Hill and the Embarcadero (among other spots). I got good at walking backward uphill!
4/15/2013 2:09 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Gwen Flanagan ... It's "light" when the sun is out. Haha. The last couple of years, it's been SOSOSOSO grim and foggy. This weekend, though, it's super sunny, but it's freaky windy and FREEEZING cold. blerg.
5/25/2013 9:58 PM

Mo said ...
I love taking photo-walks! I think the best instance of a long walk was the day I went up Twin Peaks (just over 8 miles from my house) mostly on accident; I started climbing a hill and by the time I realized I was near Twin Peaks I figured "I'm so close I may as well go all the way."

Of course, at that point I was only about halfway up, but I kept going anyway! It was a wonderful afternoon.
4/15/2013 5:38 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Mo ... Those kinds of walks are the best!
5/25/2013 9:59 PM

Mo said ...
(That's 8 miles round-trip, not one-way!)
4/15/2013 5:39 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Mo ... (noted) ;)
5/25/2013 9:59 PM

Cara said ...
Oh, this was so much fun. :)
4/15/2013 7:29 PM

amy c said ...
i thought it was a fun post. i wish i lived somewhere where i could take a walk like this, and that my husband would go with me!
4/16/2013 6:34 AM

Kim said ...
I love this post!!! Living in N. California I have been to SF on numerous occassions. But it still is not nearly as often as it should be for such a great city. Even though you did not get the GG in the pic, you did see the bay since you were at the top of the street. Thank you for your post. It is fun to see someone elses community, neighborhood, etc.
4/16/2013 8:43 AM

Bernie said ...
I loved looking at your pictures, I always thought it was a place I'd like to visit, but my legs wouldn't allow I don't think. I think this was a great idea. Thank you for sharing.
4/16/2013 10:41 AM

Seanna Lea said ...
I love the idea of a good long walk, though right now my long walks are between 3-4 miles with my dog. Any longer than that, and he decides he wants to sit down and I have to cajole him to get the rest of the way home!
4/18/2013 9:46 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Seanna Lea ... Maybe you should get him a skateboard and you could pull him the rest of the way. :)
5/25/2013 10:01 PM

Walden121 said ...
Very neat, I've never been to San Francisco so it's interesting to see.
4/20/2013 12:21 PM

San Francisco walks blog posts? Yes, please :).
4/20/2013 4:59 PM

futuregirl replied ...
V. like Verte Adelie ... You're too cute.
5/25/2013 10:06 PM

Lisa said ...
Great pictures ! I can't wait . I am going there next year.
4/23/2013 12:33 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Lisa ... Oh! You'll love it. :)
5/25/2013 10:07 PM

Beverly said ...
I grew up in the City and these photos made me a little homesick. I haven't lived there for many years, but I still call San Francisco my home. I lived in the Mission district in a gray "flat" with my family. Thanks for the trip!

4/28/2013 8:40 AM

futuregirl replied ...
Beverly ... We missed San Francisco the 8+ years we were away, so I know exactly how you feel!
5/25/2013 10:07 PM

Angelina said ...
I loved seeing San Francisco from your perspective! Every time I go in to the city I take pictures as I walk. My feet are really messed up right now so walking is painful at the moment - but one of my favorite things in the world is to walk in San Francisco. I like to take really long walks and take pictures as I go. Are you still enjoying living there? I would love to finally meet you in person.
4/28/2013 9:19 AM
futuregirl replied ...
Angelina ... Hi! Yes, we're still loving it. Though I'm not sure how much longer we'll be able to afford it. Yikes! :) Also, on day's like today, where it's super clear and sunny ... but also really windy and freezing cold, I have a love/hate thing going on. I would love to finally meet you, too! I've been awful at keeping up with reading blogs lately, so I just realized you've moved back. Let's make a plan!
5/25/2013 10:21 PM


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