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

  • Sep 28, 2013 · 10:30 AM
  • Starbucks


Now open for RSVPs. Free walk. I will try leading this walk myself though I am not yet fully recovered. This walk is now fairly easy because earlier this year I changed this walk adding more museums and cutting out elevation. Jessie Benton Fremont (photo at right circa 1849). We meet in front of 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. 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 a harder part of the walk as we walk uphill at Fort Mason.

This is only the 2nd time we do this walk in its revised form. We expect to visit 5 free museums & galleries. Previously we only had 2 museums to visit. To keep us on schedule I cut out some of the walking up and down making some walking segments easier and shorter.

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.

I advise taking public transportation and not driving to SF. For any questions about how to get around the Bay Area on public transportation click on the government provided trip planner link below:

http://tripplanner.transit.511.org/mtc/XSLT_TRIP_REQUEST2?language=en

PARKING INFO. 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 our 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 

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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  • Yair T.

    Thanks Howard

    Excellent walk. Discovered places that I will visit again. Enjoyed the company and view.
    Hope to see you again in future walks

    Y.T.

    September 29, 2013

  • Neil D.

    Excellent walk, nice people

    September 29, 2013

  • Carol W.

    Beautiful Day. Wonderful walk and very nice group of people.

    September 29, 2013

  • Joan S

    Really enjoyed all the company! Fun day. Thanks Howard for a great walk!

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    All at giradelli

    September 28, 2013

  • Chamroeun

    We are at the Aquatic of the Bay at Pier 39 for Bathroom break!

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Walking to ghiradelli

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We are at the aquarium

    September 28, 2013

  • Chamroeun

    Still sitting in traffic in Oakland

    September 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    BART is running 15 minutes late. On my way!

    September 28, 2013

  • Jade C.

    Got sick. Not sure how I feel tomorrow. You all have fun!

    September 27, 2013

  • tami

    im new, plz b kind! :)

    September 27, 2013

  • Karen K.

    I may have to cancel my RSVP tomorrow- I'm just not sure at this point- I'll change my RSVP if I have to. Thanks!

    September 27, 2013

  • Teresa W.

    Had a event I forget about... Will be rescheduling for the next time..i hope

    September 26, 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.

    September 26, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      As a woman, I second that. Not to give such sites a bad reputation but there are people who abuse the privileges. I personally had couple of guys in other meetups take interest and started sending me unpleasant msgs

      September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just to confirm for parking rates at Golden Gateway Garage, it states $7 per hour (max of $38). However with validation it's $3 for the entire day.

    September 26, 2013

    • Howard S.

      To be certain you should contact Golden Gateway Garage as their rates and policies could have changed.

      September 26, 2013

  • Zoe L

    Hi, I could be interested in carpooling, maybe from Millbrae BART station, if someone else wants to drive, otherwise I may take BART.

    September 26, 2013

  • jo

    anyone driving from peninsula or near? needs carpool, will share costs.

    September 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi

    September 25, 2013

  • shalini

    I won't be able to make it this time. Will join next time. have an awesome walk!!

    September 23, 2013

  • Sherm

    Are we going to see America's Cup Park? I think we will be walking right by there.

    September 18, 2013

    • Howard S.

      We will be walking right by there. As I recall there is cyclone fence between it and where we will be walking on the sidewalk.

      September 23, 2013

  • Tim W.

    good

    September 23, 2013

  • Lawrence B. E.

    Can't wait!

    September 22, 2013

  • Carolyn J

    We are looking forward to this!

    September 17, 2013

  • Diane M.

    Looking forward to meeting y'all for my first walk!

    September 17, 2013

  • Carol W.

    Can't wait. See you all then.

    September 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    See you all there!

    September 14, 2013

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