Took a lovely bike ride during that last warm spell, following one of our favorite loops: Mission to Golden Gate Park, right up Arguello and into the Presidio, a nice winding down through the Presidio and out to Crissy Field, along the water past the Marina and Fisherman's Wharf, Embarcadero to the Bay Bridge to home. Of course there's often a detour or two.
Stopped by the pet cemetery on our way down the hill.
So many great names. What would life be like without domesticated friends?
One great weiner dog. I love that.
I also have a slight obsession with this building. Its probably part of Parks and Rec, but I like to imagine somebody built it as their home back when there was nothing else around except Fort Point and the rolling hilled Presidio. Lots of visiting ladies in high-necked white linen and an hour's drive to town in the Model A.
Crissy Field has a sweet stretch of beach and there's seldom many people there, even on a warm sunny Sunday. Great views and I even went swimming (no, it wasn't that warm, but sometimes a body needs a little shock to the system).
Everybody gets weird after a couple beers in the sun.
Hyde Street pier. Such a fun place to visit when its not overly crowded. One of these days we'll stop by and get some pictures, they've got an amazing old ferry and probably the best little houseboat I've ever seen.
And if the sun comes out tomorrow? Follow the loop (or amend it to your whim). The Presidio is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and encompasses quite a bit of land as well as old military buildings, a bowling alley, some seriously charming houses and the last remaining cemetery in San Francisco (veterans of course). The pet cemetery is in the Presidio just above Crissy Field, on the corner of McDowell and Cowles Streets and Crissy Field itself takes up the stretch of waterfront between Fort Point (under the Golden Gate Bridge) and the Palace of Fine Arts. All sorts of restoration's been done on Crissy Field in the last 5 or so years and there's a visitors center and coffee shop down by the Fort. If you continue along the water you'll pass by Fort Mason (home to the now infamous Crab Fest 2003), Ghiradelli square, the Aquatic Park and the very same Hyde St pier mentioned earlier, before being crushed in the throngs at Fisherman's Wharf. Hungry? Fight the masses for delicious street-stand crab or cut up Columbus to North Beach. That's how we roll, at least bike-wise.