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

  • July 21, 2012 · 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. You are advised to either bring a sack lunch or buy one at our starting point. The only cost is $2 cash to be collected later in the walk. At 10:40 AM we will start walking towards the Ferry Building. Then we walk North along the waterfront seeing old ships such as ferry boats and a riverboat. We will walk past Pier 39 and the Bay Aquarium. We then walk West through the Fisherman's Wharf area, the Cannery, Ghirardelli Square, Aquatic Park, and into Fort Mason where we will eat our sack lunches. This first part of the walk will be flat.

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 beautiful community flower garden.

Then we will do the hard uphill part of the walk. We will walk East over Russian Hill and then walk up Telegraph Hill from the North side. Then we will walk South & East and end our walk about 4:10 PM at our starting point. 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.

 

 

 

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  • Brenda R

    My second walk with you guys/gals. What a neat walk. Exceptionally well thought out wlkg. plan, pleasant company, and lots of "A" list sights. And what perfect "Golidilocks" weather that day! We're so lucky to live in or near one of the most beautiful and interesting cities in the country. Thank you Howard.

    August 10, 2012

  • Lydia

    Lots of fun, as always. See you soon!

    July 23, 2012

  • Jen R.

    I realy enjoyed this walk as Howard took us to places with great views and staircases i never knew existed in the city; and ive lived here for 11 years!! It was a great experience and I will defintely join more of Howards walking meetups.

    July 23, 2012

  • Liz Del S.

    Always a positive experience - will do it again.
    Great coordination and meeting a lot of good people too.

    July 22, 2012

  • Howard S.

    Luckily I walked this route 2 days before our walk & saw the important new renovations + construction underway so I changed the route some to avoid crowds & cut our time. However, having such a big group, at least 75, we were slowed down & returned to our starting point at 4:30 PM, 20 minutes late. Last time we did this walk, a little over a year ago, we only had 28 attendees.

    July 22, 2012

  • Susan S.

    Thanks, Howard, for an excellent walk!

    July 22, 2012

  • Susan S.

    Met a lot of good people, learned some SF history I didn't know, went to places I haven't been before... and got lots of exercise doing it all! Especially liked the garden at Fort Mason, the beautiful views in the last part of the walk, and the amazing fountain right near the end of the walk -- but it was all wonderful. Howard is an excellent guide -- thanks Howard!

    July 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't think of a better way to see so many hidden things in the city. The walk was a great way to meet people as well. I'll definitely be going again.

    July 22, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I couldn't agree more Scott. I'm brand new to the area and this is exactly the type of activity I was looking for. I enjoyed meeting many of you and having some great conversations.

    Here is a link to the pictures I took: http://on.fb.me/SO5yce

    July 21, 2012

  • Suzanne

    I love exploring parts of SF I've never seen before. The cannon, the community gardens, the museums--these were all new sights and stops for me. Fun group, BIG group, great people. Thanks, Howard, for another Saturday adventure.

    July 21, 2012

  • Stephen Scott M.

    Hi Howard,
    Brenda and I (Scott) really enjoyed the walk, and the new sights that you had found for us along a strip of San Francisco that we thought we knew. The conversations we had with others were all contained within happy moments.
    Thanks and regards,
    -Scott Murray

    July 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello Howard,
    I was not able to locate the Starbuck's and finally found it at about 10:50 this morning. I headed north looking for you all, but did not see you. Hope to see you all soon.

    July 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can someone update the current location of the group please?

    1 · July 21, 2012

  • Patrick

    I'll be running late. Can someone please provide a contact number so I can find the group? Thank you !!!!

    July 21, 2012

  • Maureen

    Been under the weather all week, so I also changed my RSVP to a no - hope to see you next week.

    July 21, 2012

  • Peter L.

    Howard sorry I have to cancel too. Something came up and also I just did a similar walk last weekend.

    July 21, 2012

  • Melanie

    Sorry, I won't make it tomorrow. You guys have fun!
    Melanie

    July 21, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds interesting, looking forward to attending.

    July 17, 2012

  • Diana

    I need to leave around 1:30pm, so I will only participate in part of the walk. I think I'll hop on the MUNI and leave when we get to the Aquatic Park area. Thanks!

    July 11, 2012

  • Howard S.

    We might be crossing Market Street a little bit to the North of the Ferry Building. So the best place over there to wait for us is just South of the first pier to the North which is called appropriately Pier 1. We will turn to the right just before we reach Pier 1 and follow next to the water.

    July 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am planning to take the ferry in that morning from Marin county. it look like the first ferry arrives at 10:30am. would i be able to join the group at the ferry building?

    July 10, 2012

  • Michelle

    Sound interesting. I will join

    July 8, 2012

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