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

  • Sep 15, 2012 · 10:30 AM
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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. Despite walking slow this is a long & hard walk.

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:

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: 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 eat lunch at a beautiful lake.

The cost for the Bay to Breakers 2012:
$57 adults
$52 children under 18

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.

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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  • Margie B.

    I viewed San Francisco from a completely different perspective and enjoyed the day immensely. Thank you, Howard, for organizing the walking events.

    September 16, 2012

  • Trang C.

    Wonderful walk. Good pace for a 7-mile walk.

    September 16, 2012

  • Jim S.

    The walk today made for a highly rewarding Saturday. I had quite a few stimulating conversations along the way, snapped some great scenery, and ended the outing having dinner in very enjoyable company. Many thanks, Howard!

    September 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great walk. Excellent length to get in some pretty good exercise, gaster pace than some of the other walks. It is great!

    September 15, 2012

  • Howard S.

    Things went fine. I think that this walk and our "Twin Peaks/Noe Valley Walk" that we did last Saturday are our 2 toughest walks. So the others will be easier.

    September 15, 2012

  • 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 & 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 12, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Statistically speaking, more violent crimes occur between people who know or are related to each other vs. by strangers. So I'm going to avoid carpooling with any of my family

      1 · September 12, 2012

  • Homaira F.

    Looking forward to the scenery an the refreshing walk!

    September 10, 2012

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