Oct 19, 2013 · 11:00 AM
Palace of Fine Arts
Now open for RSVPs. Perfect weather. Federal Shutdown is over. However, BART STRIKE STARTS FRIDAY. Gary M. will be leading this new and free walk that he composed. We meet at the Palace of Fine Arts on the green grass area at the corner of Baker Street and Bay Street in the Marina District. We will have an outdoor lunch break so attendees should bring a lunch. You also have the option of buying a lunch at the location where we will eat.
At 11:10 AM we will leave the Palace of Fine Arts and walk east through the Marina District neighborhood passing the Claire Lilienthal School and until we reach the old SF Gas Light Company building designed by Joseph B. Crockett and built in 1893. From there we will enter the Great Meadow at Fort Mason and follow the trail to view two sculptures and walk through the Community Garden. After viewing the remaining cannon at Black Point Battery, we will descend into the center of Fort Mason. Here we will have a chance to use the restrooms. After leaving Fort Mason we will take a look at the old rail tunnel that Clint Eastwood runs through in the first Dirty Harry movie. Then we will travel west through the Marina Green and Crissy Field. As we walk through Crissy Field we recall that this is the place where Mrs. Doubtfire took her kids for a bike ride and where Hugh Grant gets hit by a kite in 9 Months. At the end of Crissy Field, we will stop at the Warming Hut Café & Bookstore to eat lunch and use the restrooms.
After lunch we will continue west until we reach Fort Point which is directly under the Golden Gate Bridge and where we will explore this historic place. This is the spot in Vertigo where Madeline, with her bouquet, jumps into the water and Robin Williams enters the factory of Rupert Burns Enterprises where he meets his female robot counterpart in Bicentennial Man. We will walk around the building and up and up the circular stairs to the top floor that offers a great view of the bay. After leaving Fort Point we will follow a trail up to Battery Lancaster and take in the view from the south end of the Golden Gate Bridge. After leaving the viewing area, we will walk back down to Crissy Field and follow a trail back to our starting point. We should finish our walk around 5:00 PM.
If you have any questions about how to get around the Bay Area or San Francisco on public transportation here is a trip planner link provided by the government: http://transit.511.org/
PARKING INFO. There is scattered parking in the neighborhood and in the Marina Green area. Set aside time to find a parking space.
Photos below were taken on this walk's route.