Archive for August, 2014

HIKING THE SAN FRANCISCO PRESIDIO

August 30, 2014

DisneyUnder the watchful gaze of the Golden Gate Bridge, sits the historic San Francisco Presidio. Founded in 1776 by Spanish conquistadores and active in the war with Spain, Indian Wars, the US Civil War and the Philippine-American War, it also provided tent camps for those who lost their homes following the 1906 earthquake and fire in San Francisco. In the 1990s it became part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and today houses the lovely Inn at the Presidio, Letterman Digital Arts Center (including Star Wars film characters Darth Vader and Yoda), The Walt Disney Family Museum, several restaurants, a golf course and a wonderful YMCA. But best of all are the many trails and walks to enjoy! The Ecology Trail winds through densely growing eucalyptus trees, ferns and meadows. Starting near the Inn at the Presidio, follow it to the top and Inspiration Point with its fabulous bay vistas. follow the trail to the right to the golf course. Follow the trail to the left to the West Pacific Avenue trail past the tennis courts. Walk around Pershing Square on your way to the Walt Disney Family Museum or down Funston Avenue passing the “Officer Row” historic houses. And, of course, there is Lovers’ Lane, the oldest trail in the city. The weather is beautiful and the Presidio is a perfect place to enjoy it!

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PALACE OF FINE ARTS TURNS 100!

August 26, 2014

Palace of Fine ArtsPalace of Fine Arts 2The beautiful Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco will soon celebrate its hundredth birthday. Built for the Pan Pacific International Exposition in 1915, the beautiful rotunda celebrated the completion of the Panama Canal as well as the rebuilding of the City of San Francisco following the devastation of the 1906 earthquake. The Beaux Arts structure was designed by famous San Francisco architect Bernard Maybeck. There is a path around the reflecting pool and through the park.  Many ducks and swans call this idyllic setting, and iconic part of the San Francisco skyline, home. The huge exhibition hall to the right of the rotunda at one time housed The Exploratorium, which has recently moved to Pier 15 on The Embarcadero. To celebrate the centennial the exhibition hall will be improved and modernized and will present various exhibits including one currently being curate by the California Historical Society. In the 1960s the Palace of Fine Arts was restored and saved by the City.  How fortunate that this magnificent icon still stands for all to enjoy!

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SUNSHINE ON THE BAY

August 24, 2014

Beautiful summer sunshine is shimmering on the San Francisco Bay.SF Ferry Summer is winding down as fall looks to join us soon with beautiful weather as well. It is the perfect time to get out and enjoy the day.  Take a ferry boat ride to Tiburon or Sausalito.  Walk across the Golden Gate Bridge. Visit the Presidio and wander one of the many trails.  Explore the Embarcadero from Fisherman’s Wharf to the Ferry Building to AT&T Park. Enjoy a sidewalk cafe on chic Chestnut Street or a walk along scenic Crissy Field. What a perfect day!

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THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

August 16, 2014

The Golden Gate Bridge shimmers in the sunlight as it gazes down on San Francisco Bay.  While the fog creeps over the Bridge at night, the sun returns and it is beautiful weather to explore.  Whether local or tourist a walk across this amazing engineering feat is a treat.  The views are outstanding as the the San Francisco Bay extends to the east and the Marin Headlands to the north.  The city skyline is to the south and the mighty Pacific Ocean extends west as far as the eye can see.  If you are lucky, a freighter or cruise ship will pass under the Bridge will you cross it.  Be sure to visit the Bridge Pavilion  visitor center and shop as well as the Round House, home to a virtual bridge experience.  The Bridge Plaza has a fascinating exhibit on Bridge construction.  What a wonderful adventure!              http://www.powerhiking.comget-attachment-6.aspxflowers GGBview GGB