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A Walk on the San Francisco Waterfront (North of Market Street)

  • May 25, 2013 · 10:30 AM
  • Starbucks


Now open for RSVPs. Jessie Benton Fremont (photo at right circa 1849). We will meet at a Starbucks on the corner of Jackson & Davis that is 5 short blocks North from the Embarcadero BART Station. There is a Safeway with 2 restrooms next door. One should either bring a sack lunch or buy one at our starting point. The only cost is $3 cash to be collected later in the walk. At 10:40 AM we will probably walk to the nearby Sidney Walton Park to take our group photo. Then we walk through the Embarcadero Center and to the North end of the Ferry Building. Then we walk North along the waterfront seeing old ships such as ferry boats and a riverboat. Then we will go to the Aquarium of the Bay near Pier 39 to use their restrooms on the 2nd level. Lost attendees can find us there.

We then walk to Beach Street to avoid the crowded Fisherman's Wharf area. On Beach St. we walk West to and then through the Cannery to Aquatic Park, where we may eat our sack lunches in the big bleachers there starting about 1 PM. This first half of the walk is flat. Then we will start on the hard part of the walk as we walk uphill at Fort Mason.

The last time we did this walk, July 21, 2012, we had 75 attendees. Since then I changed the route because we will be spending more time inside free museums as some new ones have opened up on this route. If enough time we will visit 5 free museums & galleries. To keep us on schedule I cut out some of the walking up and down making some walking segments easier and faster.

At Fort Mason we will see historic buildings and places such as Black Point, the site of the home of 2 of the 3 biggest players in national history that I know of that ever lived a year or more in San Francisco: Jessie Benton Fremont, and her husband John C. Fremont. Nearby we will see the one remaining Civil War cannon that was a part of a now partially restored battery called Black Point Battery. We will visit a big beautiful community flower garden.

Then we walk East over Russian Hill and then walk a little up Telegraph Hill on the North side. Then it will be a quick easy walk to our starting point, estimated ending time 4:20 PM. Some of us may then decide to celebrate our walk with food/drink at a nice bar inside the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

John C. Fremont (photo below).

Below is a recent photo of the SF waterfront.

Below is just one flower in community garden inside Fort Mason.

Below is a hummingbird in community garden inside Fort Mason.

Below is a small part of the community garden inside Fort Mason.

Below is a small part of the community garden in Fort Mason.

Below 2 photos show our group in the garden at a previous walk.

Below 2 photos show the area near our last museum.

 

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  • Howard S.

    For the second time in a row we encountered a big fountain right after the start of the walk that was turned off and I started to tell the group about how great the fountain looks when it is on and at that precise moment just like the time before the fountain turns on! Later we got delayed for 5 minutes because a marriage photography session blocked our way. We arrived at our lunch spot at 1:30 PM and back at our endpoint at 4:45 PM.

    May 27, 2013

  • Haydee L.

    Sounds fun, love to walk

    May 6, 2013

    • Barbara P

      I was looking forward to seeing you.

      May 26, 2013

  • Barbara P

    Beautiful day to take walk in city and see new sights and talk to new and old friends. Thank you Howard!

    May 26, 2013

  • Teresa W.

    Great walk!! Saw a lot of things and places I didn't know were on streets I go down all the time... my granddaughter even enjoyed herself too.

    May 26, 2013

  • Matthew

    tons of fun

    May 26, 2013

  • Julie M.

    Great walk...had to leave early, will pay the next time...thanks so much, it was really fun!

    May 25, 2013

  • Doug A.

    Go to the aquarium on the second floor of pier 39. The tour will be there in ten minutes for a rest room break

    May 25, 2013

  • Lori

    you, phone no[masked]

    May 25, 2013

  • Lori

    We just find Starbucks, look like you departure already, any chance you can give me a call, hope to

    May 25, 2013

  • Brenda R

    Oh, it sounds like a great day in the city. Happy to attend!

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to a cool walk.

    May 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My burcytis is flaring up and I just won't be able to walk far or fast enough. Next time!!!

    May 23, 2013

  • Cheryl

    Hi
    What time are we likely to be back at starting point?
    Cheryl

    May 22, 2013

    • Howard S.

      My estimate now is 4:20 PM.

      1 · May 22, 2013

  • Lori

    We are first time to join this kind of activity, wonder if there is certain items need to aware or prepared in advance? Appreciate any suggestion or advice.

    May 22, 2013

    • Howard S.

      Bring or buy a sack lunch at our starting point.

      May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've given a crooks tour of this area, relating to the crime history of the waterfront

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Sue S.

    work.

    May 22, 2013

  • Susan S.

    3rd generation San Franciscan!

    May 20, 2013

  • Marianne S.

    Have to work

    May 20, 2013

  • judy

    Ask attendees

    May 6, 2013

    • Howard S.

      Ask attendees what? I don't understand this.

      May 6, 2013

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