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Do not worry too much about rain as this route has many places to shelter from rain and I can change the route to keep us out of most of the rain. The only cost is $3 cash per adult, kids free. Our starting point is in front of the Starbucks on the corner of Davis & Jackson. At about 10:40 AM we will walk to the nearby Sidney Walton Park to take our group photo. Then we will walk up the big stairway and then South to 2 Embarcadero and then we turn East and walk through 2, 3 & 4 Embarcadero to the Hyatt Regency Hotel's back stairs. We will walk to FREE museums and any other enjoyable FREE thing around downtown San Francisco that we can find. We expect to visit inside (for about 15 minutes each) 6 free museums and galleries that deal with history. We will see other free museums that are unfortunately closed weekends. If we get heavy rain I may change the route including possibly cutting out the last 2 free museums. Attendees should bring a sack lunch or buy one at or near our starting point. We expect to eat our sack lunches right after Noon in a giant indoor food court and attendees who don't bring a sack lunch can buy dim sum to go at the one restaurant there that is open on Saturdays, but it is somewhat expensive. Do not be concerned if a large number of people say they are coming because usually only about half or even less show up. We expect to return to the starting point about 4:00 PM. We may change the route if we get serious rain. If you are not on our "Yes" RSVP list please do not show up because the museums cannot hold more than 65 people. This walk is about 4 to 5 miles and is easier than most of our walks. The first 2 miles is flat and one may leave at any time without penalty. The last few miles goes up Nob Hill and then down and flat to return to our starting area. To get to our starting point using BART get off at the Embarcadero Station. Then walk North on Davis Street for 5 short blocks where you will reach Jackson where the Safeway and the Starbucks are. 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. 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 $8. It has over 600 spaces. That is my 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. Below is some information on it: http://www.cuesa.org/markets/visit 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. Photos above are in the order of places on this walk's route, except for the bottom photo of a bike riding naked fat man on this route. Group photo (03/13/10) at the Hyatt Regency Hotel's back door. Photo #2 is of free outdoor art, a fake spaceship. Photo #3 is of Ferry Building with a couple of old street cars. Photo #4 is of free big outdoor art, "Cupid's Bow." Photo #5 is of free big outdoor art, "Cupid's Bow." I was walking this area one day and a signal light kept calling out my name "Howard" over and over. I thought it was because of GPS, computers & the internet, but it was just Howard Street. Photo #7 the group before we enter the 1st museum. Photo #8 is in one of the free museums/galleries we will visit. Photo #9 is in one of the free museums/galleries we will visit. Photo #10 is in one of the free museums/galleries we will visit. Photo #11 is one of the things we will pass on this walk. Photo #12 is one of the things we will pass on this walk. Photo #13 is in one of the free museums/galleries we will visit. Photo #14 is in one of the free museums/galleries we will visit. Photo #15 is a photo of an historical photo taken in a mine showing President U. S. Grant, part of a history photo collection. Photo #16 is one of the naked bike riders we saw (6 fat men & 1 lovely woman) during lunch,[masked], in Justin Herman Plaza when the St. Patrick's Day Parade was happening on Market St.