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The March to the Sea (From Embarcadero to Lands End)

  • Jun 8, 2013 · 10:30 AM
  • Starbucks


Now open for RSVPs. Update:  The Lafayette Park has its ribbon cutting opening just one hour before we reach there which means there will be a giant crowd of people there. Therefor, we will not go inside because we might lose the group and also the restrooms will have long lines. Instead we will stop and use the restrooms at a nearby big hospital. This is our most spectacular walk, 7+ miles of the best scenery in SF. The only cost is $3 cash per adult. At 10:30 AM we gather in front of the Starbucks on the corner of Jackson & Davis. If taking BART get off at the Embarcadero Station and walk 5 short blocks North on Davis St. Last time we did this walk we had a record setting attendance of 76. This walk is inspired by famed Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman. Sherman ordered his soldiers on a famous and historic "March to the Sea." In the mid 1850's he was a San Francisco banker, and his bank's building is still there on Jackson Street.

One should bring a sack lunch or buy one at our starting point, a Starbucks, or a Safeway across the street. Only use the one restroom in the Starbucks if you buy something there. The nearby Safeway has two restrooms. At 10:40 AM we will start our walk by crossing Jackson and Davis streets to the nearby Sydney Walton Park where we will take our group photo. Because our group is so big now we take the group photo by having me take the photo from above the stairs looking down at the group.

Then we get back on Jackson St and walk West for a few blocks to Sherman's bank, cross street is Montgomery, where we have a brief stop. Next we continue walking West to the sea and pass through: Chinatown, between Russian Hill & Nob Hill, Pacific Heights, Presidio Heights, and the Lake and Seacliff neighborhoods. We will stop for a quick lunch at lovely Mountain Lake Park, but I must warn all that our lunch stop will be about 1:50 PM.

We will see many mansions, and may stop at China Beach if someone is dying to use a restroom. We will have adequate restroom stops. Then it is on to Lands End. If all goes right we will finish at 3:45 PM at the Legion of Honor where we will wait for our bus ride back to downtown SF.

If you don't know how to get to this starting point or any place else by public transportation below is a trip planner link provided by government: http://transit.511.org/

I discourage people from driving to SF, but if one has to drive here is a bit about parking. Every Saturday there is a Farmers Market around the Ferry Building. You may get validated parking from them. I have a leaflet from them that says the least costly pay parking is at the Golden Gateway Garage, 250 Clay Street, which has parking all day between 8 am & 10 pm, with validation, for only $3. Without validation it is $7. It has over 600 spaces. That is my latest information and things might change. Below is a link to the Golden Gateway Garage rates:

http://www.goldengatewaygarage.net/rates.html

The Farmers Market used to, on the internet, give lots of parking information. Now they have just a short description on parking which is at the link below:

http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/ parking.php

8 Reasons Why Our "March to the Sea" is better than the "Bay to Breakers":

1.) We walk and don't run.

2.) We visit the best neighborhoods in SF instead of the mediocre.

3.) Our event only costs $3 for adults, & kids free.

4.) We will use good restrooms instead of stinky porta-potties.

5.) Less crowded.

6.) No naked ugly people are expected.

7.) We wear name tags instead of numbers.

8.) We stop and have lunch at a beautiful lake.

The cost for the "Bay to Breakers" 2013:  $63.00

Once we were waiting for our bus at the Legion of Honor and a raccoon walked up to us. Below is a photo of it taken by Bob.


Below:  some of us at the start of our 5/23/09 March to the Sea.

Below photo shot at Lands End on our 9/11/10 March to the Sea. 

Photo below taken at Lands End on one of our previous walks.

Photo below taken at Lands End on one of our previous walks.

Photo below taken at Lands End on one of our previous walks.

 

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  • Bet

    Wonderful - well planned, great company, beautiful scenery (of course).

    June 13, 2013

    • thu

      Hi Bet, sorry didn't get to say goodbye to you! It was nice meeting you!

      June 14, 2013

  • juli l.

    It was nice walk and nice to meet so many friendly people too. Thanks Howars

    June 12, 2013

  • juli l.

    Why I did not see my picture on the post, am I ugly? Haha

    June 12, 2013

  • Sherm

    Sorry I lost the group after taking a little detour to buy lunch. next time.

    June 10, 2013

  • Livia E.

    Hi Howard,

    Please, please plan to do this walk again! I was so sorry to have missed it. Thank you, Livia

    June 10, 2013

  • Nora

    Another great walk! Enjoyed meeting lots of friendly people.

    June 9, 2013

  • Dave H.

    It was a great walk Howard thanks for setting it up.

    June 9, 2013

  • janelle

    Thank you Howard. I have lived practically all my life and you opened my eyes to so much beauty.

    1 · June 9, 2013

  • Celia

    Thanks Howard. It was a great walk.

    June 9, 2013

  • Mina

    Thank you, Howard. The outing was fun. I'm looking forward to your future group hikes.

    June 9, 2013

  • Verena

    Our first Meetup ever. Great mix. Really enjoyed it.

    June 9, 2013

  • Jim G.

    A good time appeared to be had by all! It's always nice to meet new folks and make new friends.

    June 9, 2013

  • Francine

    Thank -you howard! Great walk :)

    June 8, 2013

  • Howard S.

    One of our regulars, Gary M., showed us an article about naked bike riders going all over SF and starting only about 3 blocks from our starting point. That could have contradicted one of our 8 reasons why this walk is better than the "Bay to Breakers," Reason #6, "No naked ugly people are expected." Though we marched from one end of SF to the other we never saw the naked bike riders who rode all over SF. Also big thanks to our other regular member Lawrence who helped me with the walk. We had 100 people on this walk which was the biggest turnout ever of all of our walks.

    1 · June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great walk! Thanks!

    June 8, 2013

  • Lawrence

    Great weather alternative to inland heat.! A great way to see the neighborhoods of SF with happy travelers. Always a blessed view of the Golden gate bridge, Sea Cliff and "Lands End" National Park sanctuary hike.

    June 8, 2013

  • Barbara P

    Great walk great conversation....thanks Howard

    1 · June 8, 2013

  • Joan S

    Fabulous walk. Thanks Howard!

    June 8, 2013

  • sandra

    Seeking heat in the East today :)

    June 8, 2013

  • Ana

    Hi, love to walk.

    June 8, 2013

  • Karl

    Can't this weekend.

    June 8, 2013

  • Sue C.

    Something came up with the family, so I won't be able to make this march to the sea. Next one.

    June 7, 2013

  • Jan

    Look forward finally marching across town :)

    1 · May 27, 2013

    • Barbara S

      Jan: I may be on the walk ... not yet certain; if so, I'll look for you.

      June 7, 2013

  • Verena

    Davis ends going North on Washington. Is that a walkway that I can see on the map from Washington to Starbucks or should I walk north up Drumm St instead? Daughter is v. fit , me used to walking fast long distances but put weight on, so may pull out on hills! I do from Berkeley up to Grizzly Peak 3 times a week with shopping so may be OK. Will running shoes do or should we wear hiking boots?

    June 7, 2013

    • Verena

      Thanks- Duh!- I should have used walk directions on Google maps.

      June 7, 2013

    • Howard S.

      I just noticed that you asked about shoes. We do not go there during the rainy season. It should be completely dry. I never wear hiking boots.

      1 · June 7, 2013

  • carolyn

    Unfortunately I now have a work commitment. I am very sorry to miss the walk and, like others, hope it is repeated this summer.

    June 7, 2013

  • Howard S.

    I plan to schedule this walk again at least one more time this Summer because it is so popular. I like to give the members what they want. It looks like this time the group will be very big and might top the record breaking number, 76, we had the last time we did this walk.

    1 · June 7, 2013

  • Denise C

    Sorry, we're not coming. I have a sinus infection and don't think I can handle this hike right now.

    June 7, 2013

  • Cris M.

    Looking forward to this!

    June 7, 2013

  • Ashwini

    Hi Howard,
    I can't make it tomorrow. But will there be repeat of this walk? I would definitely join next time, hence asking.

    June 7, 2013

  • Adam R.

    I can join you folks at noon! Approximately where will you be?

    Adam

    June 7, 2013

    • Howard S.

      I don't know exactly where we will be at Noon, but you can probably find us by going to the Pacific Campus, California Pacific Medical Center at 2333 Buchanan Street and wait for us at the restrooms.

      June 7, 2013

  • Lawrence

    Maybe!

    June 7, 2013

  • preguera

    Sorry I had to cancel but had to due to a family matter that came up. Next time, I hope...

    1 · June 7, 2013

  • Jose Javier G.

    I would love to do it; but unfortunately going to be out of the Country, but will be there next time, no doubt about it!!, it's a wonderful walk!!

    June 6, 2013

  • Sam K.

    Coming from Santa Clara

    June 5, 2013

  • Livia E.

    :(

    June 5, 2013

  • melody

    Hi, I would totally go to this, however, it happens to be the same day as the San Francisco Free Folk Music Festival. Last year I went on this walk on the same day -- carried my ukulele the whole way! this year I'm more involved with the festival and must be there at noon when it starts. It was the most wonderful and challenging walk I've ever been on -- and to say that I've walked all across San Francisco is beyond cool! I loved it! PLEASE schedule this walk again!!! thanks!

    June 3, 2013

    • melody

      as long as it's not between August 6 through 20th! :) hehehe! Of course, it's not just up to me...but I would love to go!

      June 3, 2013

    • Livia E.

      Yes, I'll be sure to catch the next Land's End walk when things are less crazy for me.

      June 5, 2013

  • Mina

    Hello everyone. This will be my first hike with the group. The photographs/views look amazing.

    June 5, 2013

  • Alfonso

    Good advise Howard

    June 4, 2013

  • Lana

    Forgot about a former commitment.

    June 4, 2013

  • Howard S.

    Carpooling in Meetup is much more dangerous than it looks. To new members especially it looks like everybody knows everybody in Meetup when the reality is the opposite. Both, the organizers & Meetup.com do not know who the members are. 80% of my members have not shown up to even one of my events. Members post fake photos, fake names, fake everything. Meetup is just as dangerous as Craigs List where people were robbed, raped & murdered. The only difference is Craigs List is bigger.

    June 4, 2013

  • preguera

    Some of the pics posted of the sites visited on this walk are just stunning! I can't wait to go on this walk!

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Howard: How much is the bus fare and do we need exact change? Thank you

    June 3, 2013

    • Howard S.

      The adult bus fair is $2 and one needs to pay the exact amount. Most riders have Clipper cards or some other kind of riding pass so they don't have to worry about having exact amount of cash. Below is a link for more info:

      http://www.sfmta.com/...­

      June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have to work, sounds like a great hike

    June 3, 2013

  • Alfonso

    looking forward to the trek

    June 2, 2013

  • Livia E.

    Hooray, Land's End!

    May 28, 2013

  • Denise C

    What is the elevation, and is it steep or gradual? I see there are stairs. Are there a series of short stairways; or one very long one; or a combo of both?

    May 20, 2013

    • Howard S.

      No, it is not gradual. This is one of our 2 toughest walks. We walk over 7 miles and go up over 4 nice sized hills. The only walk of ours that is as tough as this is our "Twin Peaks/Noe Valley Walk" which goes up to the top of Twin Peaks which has I believe 922 feet altitude. The only way to know if you can do it is by trying. Attendees may leave at any time, but they should tell me when they are leaving.

      1 · May 20, 2013

  • sandra

    Maybe 1 guest

    May 19, 2013

  • Diane

    I'll finally get to do this!

    May 19, 2013

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