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The Marina /Cow Hollow Neighborhoods Walk

  • Jun 7, 2014 · 11:00 AM
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Now open for RSVPs. The only cost is $3 cash per adult. Kids free. See legal disclaimer below. The first half of this walk is very easy. First it is downhill to Fort Mason where we will eat our sack lunches. Then it is completely flat for a long way to our half-way point at the Palace of Fine Arts. Then comes the hard part as we go uphill heading East and South back to our starting point. Attendees may leave the walk early without penalty.

Our starting point is on the sidewalk on California Street outside of a Whole Foods Market. There is a cafe there called "Steep Brew Coffee." Bring a sack lunch or buy one at the Whole Foods or another spot nearby. Do not park your car in the Whole Foods parking lot as it will be towed. You might find a free street parking space in Pacific Heights if you spend a long time looking. After 11:10 AM we will start walking North on Franklin St.

We will pause in front of the great Haas-Lilienthal Mansion on Franklin St. Then we will walk by some other interesting old mansions such as one of the 2 remaining octagon houses in San Francisco. We will visit a beautiful community garden full of flowers. We plan to eat our lunch outside in Fort Mason and see historic sites, such as the site of the home of John C. Fremont & Jessie Benton Fremont.

Then we will walk West along a big yacht harbor to the beautiful Palace of Fine Arts. Then we will walk East and see interesting sights such as the magnificent Casebolt House and the Russian Consulate. Then we walk South to our starting point arriving about 4:00 PM.

Below is a link to a trip planner about public transportation. http://tripplanner.transit.511.org/mtc/XSLT...

Here is a link to Fort Mason Center:  http://www.fortmason.org/

Below is a link to Fort Mason Park:

http://www.parksconservancy.org/visit/park-...

Below is a link to a mansion we will walk by that was for sale. Asking price was $6,695,000. Some experts say it is worth 4 to 5 million:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f...

Some legal disclaimers: By joining us for any event you hereby RELEASE and DISCHARGE it's organizers, hosts and participants from any and all liability, claims, demands or causes of action that you now have, or may have in the future, for injuries, damages, death and/or economic loss of any kind or nature, arising in whole or in part out of the activities, advice or information contained herein. You further agree that if you or someone under your supervision uses the information on this website you assume all risks of injury, damage, and economic loss, without limitation, and release providers from all liability therefore. It is advisable to consult a doctor before you begin any strenuous physical activity. The organizer is not trained for emergency medical procedures and no doctors, nurses or ambulances are provided on the walks.

Photo below taken at a previous Family Kite Day at Marina Green.













Below is from Fort Mason (1/5/11) looking at Golden Gate Bridge.













Photo below is of Jessie Benton Fremont circa 1849.













 

 

  

  

 

Photo below is of one flower in Fort Mason's community garden.













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 inside Fort Mason.













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













Below is one of the houses we will see walking to Fort Mason.

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  • Mimi

    just added a few more photos from last weeks walk

    June 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great walk

    June 13, 2014

  • Verena

    Slow pace for me, teaches me to take time to smell the roses in the community garden. Howard's insights, commentary and vista knowledge can't be beat. I call it Howard's Way despite the fact that he reminds me it's Walking in SF for Health and History!

    June 10, 2014

  • Jia C.

    Above all, thank you Howord. I had a lot of fun. People were nice and friendly. The scenery was beautiful and breathtaking. It was a wonderful experiance.

    1 · June 10, 2014

  • Rose

    What a great group. The historical info was fun to learn, and I met a lot of really nice people. I need to build stamina for the hills, though!

    June 9, 2014

    • Rose

      p.s. Thanks, Howard!

      June 9, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wonderful group of people, enjoyed talking and walking with you all. Thanks for great historical info Howard. Had to peel off after the Palace, as my feet and legs were giving out, but it was a great day nonetheless!

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Christina

    Hi Howard,
    Thanks for another enjoyable walk through the beautiful neighborhoods of San Francisco!
    See you next week!
    Christina

    June 7, 2014

  • Patrick

    'Sorry I couldn't make it; back injury still keeping me inactive. 'Hope to hike with you guys next time!

    June 7, 2014

  • Rosemary T.

    Still scratching my head on how I lost the group, but still had a great time.

    1 · June 7, 2014

  • Jia C.

    Oh.. Just passed the Embarcadero station. I think I might be late. So sorry.. Do you leave at 11? Who can I contact to catch up?

    June 7, 2014

  • Joseph C J.

    Sore knees.

    June 7, 2014

  • Jia C.

    Hello. Nice meet you, Howard and the other hiking lovers here. I'm looking forward to meeting you in person tomorrow. And, are there anyone who walk to the starting point from the Civic Center BART station? It looks like a distance, I hope I can have a company.

    June 6, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Jia. It is quite a distance. You could catch a bus on Van Ness ($2) and get off on California St.

      June 6, 2014

    • Jia C.

      Thank you for the tip! I will. :-)

      June 7, 2014

  • Anne

    It looks like we're not going to be able to make it this morning. Sorry to miss it.

    June 7, 2014

  • Howard S.

    One of our members gave me this valuable information: Parking this Saturday, June 7th may be more difficult than normal because of the San Francisco Union Street Festival which will be located on Union Street between Gough Street to Steiner Street from 10:00AM to 6:00PM. See below link:
    http://www.unionstreetfestival.com/

    June 5, 2014

    • Rosemary T.

      Jim, I'll be standing on the corner of Franklin & Vallejo at 11:30 AM.......look for me?

      June 6, 2014

    • Jim S.

      Yes, and thanks. I should have read the earlier comments when I RSVPed.

      June 6, 2014

  • Rebecca C.

    Hello...after viewing your walk plan...I believe it might me a bit much for me having gone through a 5 way by-pass just last year. Building my strength back...and long to know SF..as I was raised in Napa; but never got the opportunity to. I will follow your walks & keep walking longer times here from home in Martinez. I will join you soon...loved your walk plan. The best I've seen!!

    June 5, 2014

  • Rosemary T.

    I had planned to take Muni to Whole Foods. Are they still having their work stoppage? If the work stoppage is still going on for Saturday, I may meet you on Franklin instead. Do you plan to take Franklin all the way north and then turn west on what street? Thank you.

    June 5, 2014

    • Howard S.

      It appears that the work stoppage is going down. We will walk North on Franklin as far as Vallejo and turn left and continue North on Gough. Before Vallejo we will stop in front of the Haas-Lilienthal House and talk history. If coming on BART one doesn't even need to use a bus. One can exit BART at the Civic Center BART Station and walk to our starting point.

      June 5, 2014

  • Rosemary T.

    I'll be waiting at Franklin & Vallejo for you at 11:30 AM, unless I get a ride to Whole Foods.

    June 5, 2014

  • Lyn

    anyone have any suggestions for parking?

    June 2, 2014

    • Howard S.

      Do not park your car in the Whole Foods parking lot as it will be towed. You might find a free street parking space in Pacific Heights if you spend a long time looking.

      June 2, 2014

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