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

  • Jun 9, 2012 · 10:30 AM
  • Starbucks


Now open for RSVPs. This is our most spectacular walk, 7 miles of the best scenery in SF. The only cost is $2 cash per adult. At 10:30 AM we gather at 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. 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.

One should bring a sack lunch or buy one at our starting point, a Starbucks, or a Safeway across the street. The Safeway has 2 restrooms. At 10:40 AM we will exit Starbucks and start our walk by crossing Jackson and Davis streets to the Sidney Walton Park where we will take our group photo. Because our group is so big now we take the group photo by having the photographer 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 neighbor-hoods. 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. They used to give lots of information on parking. They now give 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 $2 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 2012:
LATE REGISTRATION FEES
$57 adults
$52 children under 18

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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  • Phyllis H.

    I must say I'm a native of SF and never did something like this and I walk on a regular basis. Howard my hat goes off to you for being able to endure these walks and have fun on them not only that but inviting people into your passion. It's obvious that this is your passion from my perspective. The people who I met Joanna Jei Robert and so many others made this walk endurable. It was tough but I made it to the End. See ya next time.

    August 31, 2014

  • melody

    this was an amazing adventure!!! I have to admit I haven't walked this far in years, so I felt as if I finished a journey...!

    June 13, 2012

  • Liz Del S.

    I would do it again - lots of nice people and enough stops for breaks too. Thank You Howard for great coordination and communication too!

    June 11, 2012

  • George F.

    Enjoyable & well-organized!

    June 11, 2012

  • Lei

    I love this route. It's an easy walk with spectacular scenery.

    June 10, 2012

  • Carissa

    Thanks for organizing Howard. I think this was my favorite walk yet and what a lovely day! One suggestion, could you please take the money at the start of the walk? It would shave some of the time we spend standing around after the walk has started. Thanks for a great day!!!

    June 10, 2012

  • Beth

    Beautiful day and great exercise! Howard did an excellent job of planning and looking out for the group, including the well-timed restroom breaks.

    June 10, 2012

  • Howard S.

    We had 76 attendees which is 10 more than our previous attendance record for this walk. Such a big group goes slowly especially on the first part because we have many signal lights with too short green lights. After we reached the Legion of Honor at 4:05 PM we filled up our return bus completely but all the people there were able to get on.

    June 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fabulous day - and gorgeous walk. Two suggestions to get to Land's end sooner and spend more time there is to cut one restroom break and also collect the $2 at the start of the walk. Thanks, Howard!

    June 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Suggestion: reverse the start point begin at Lands End and end downtown. Beautiful scenery there not enough time to enjoy. Weather was great all day. No fog

    June 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great walk, great views, great people, great host!

    June 10, 2012

  • Teresa S

    Wonderful walk, will go to Lands End again to spend more time enjoying the views.

    June 10, 2012

  • Margaret C

    Wonderful day, weather was perfect for SF, thanks Howard for another scenic area of the City!

    June 9, 2012

  • Catherine

    I was very excited for this walk, but I've been feeling under the weather for the past few days and couldn't make it. I hope you will schedule another walk to the sea in the future!

    June 9, 2012

  • Howard S.

    Thanks for all the positive comments. I want everyone to know that I did not throw out "A former member" who asked "$2 for what???" The person's profile name was "Whitney" and location was "Walnut Creek." That person just quit and to my knowledge did not send any other message. 5 women here (plus 1 man) sprung to my defense! I am more popular than I thought.

    June 8, 2012

  • Kristine

    Howard is a great host! He is very responsible, knowledgeable and organized. I love all of his walks and $2.00 is a bargain!

    June 7, 2012

  • Barbara S

    Re: the $2.00, no one is being forced to join this walk, it's an option. I find Howard to be a conscientious leader and host, he looks out for the group and I appreciate the organization he puts into each outing he does. He makes sure that restrooms are available along the route, he makes certain everyone in a large group gets across intersections during multiple pedestrian light changes so that we can all stay together, etc. A wonderful host for some very nice walks.

    1 · June 7, 2012

  • Ryan Y.

    Howard, if you want to bring your FM mic stuff, I might be able to suggest an adapter to make it work.

    June 6, 2012

  • Howard S.

    If coming from Burlingame it might be best to just drive to the Millbrae BART Station and get off at Embarcadero BART. Look to posts above for information to then walk to our starting point.

    June 6, 2012

  • Howard S.

    The street to walk 5 blocks North from Embarcadero BART is Davis. Our starting point is at Davis & Jackson.

    June 6, 2012

  • melody

    if I take BART in from Union City and get off at Embarcadero what street should I focus on finding to walk down? I only have a driving gps...no walking gps! :) thanks! once I meet with you guys, I am fine as I grew up in the avenues and we are walking to an area I am intimately familar with and love...I've just never walked there from downtown before!

    June 6, 2012

  • Howard S.

    Starting spot is exactly 5 short blocks North of Embarcadero BART in a nice area. According to Mapquest it is a .32 mile 7 minute walk.

    June 6, 2012

  • Davis

    Looks like the meeting place is about five blocks from the Embarcadero BART station

    June 6, 2012

  • Geetanjali

    Totally agree. Howard's walks are very well planned and so much fun. Thanks Howard!

    June 4, 2012

  • Deborah

    It is such a bargain! Thanks Howard.

    2 · June 3, 2012

  • Howard S.

    The $2 is to pay me back for paying for the web site plus my expenses and a partial compensation for my time & work. I put as much work & time into my walks as a part time job. I have never not shown up to any of my 226 walks. Commercial walking groups charge as much as $45 to $50 per person per walk. Even non profit groups are charging $15 per person. You might find a free walking group but you also might find that they are not so good such as only showing up about half the time.

    1 · June 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    $2 for what???

    June 2, 2012

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