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Chutes and Ladders in San Francisco September 25, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — katiesmillie @ 4:50 pm

If you live in San Francisco and don’t mind a bit of exercise you must get this book:

A few weekends ago we did two neighborhood stairway walks from the book, taking us to beautiful parts of the city with views I never imagined existed.  It was also a great way to get a lot of exercise and do some exploring, without having to drive outside of the city.

First, we started in the Buena Vista Park neighborhood:

East of Buena Vista Park

East of Buena Vista Park

Then we headed through some gorgeous neighborhoods around Upper Market.

Upper Market

Upper Market

Mt. Diablo in the distance

Mt. Diablo in the distance

It still amazes me how many steep streets are converted to stairways like this one:

Hidden stairway

Hidden stairway

This stairway took us to Kite Hill Open Space, which I had never heard of before. We didn’t see any kites but the wind was in full force nonetheless.

View from Kite Hill

View from Kite Hill

Heading south of here we found a stairway route that took us to the Seward Street slides which we were anxiously hunting out after Yelp featured them in their “Staycation” newsletter. As mentioned in the yelp review, there was plenty of  waxed up cardboard awaiting use at the slides.

Sorting through cardboard sleds

Sorting through cardboard "sleds"

It’s hard to capture how extreme the angle is on these slides, but it scared the shit out of me. They are steep and fast, and honestly if I had gone down these as a child I probably would have cried.

Sally and Oliver

Sally and Oliver

Im winning!

I'm winning!

Coming out of the chute with perfect form

Coming out of the chute with perfect form

Later we took Muni west to Golden Gate Heights and hiked up Grand View park (aptly named):

Grand View Park

Grand View Park northeast view

The fog was starting to roll in off the ocean and over Golden Gate Park:

Grand View Park west view

Grand View Park northwest view

Coming down from Grand View Park were the mosaic tiled stairs (as featured on the book cover). Funny enough, we ran into two other groups of people in this area carrying around the same book. One was a couple in their 70’s who had done every walk in the previous edition and were working on the added walks in the newest edition, and doing some favorites again like this one.

Mosaic Stairs

Mosaic Stairs

Otter

Otter

So now we just have to plan our next stairway hike. Any recommendations?

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One Response to “Chutes and Ladders in San Francisco”

  1. jesus Says:

    awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww thats soooooo cute…………………….!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!i want one nooooooooowwww 🙂 cute to the power of 10 yeaaaah babby bringg it but seriously i like it!! nice one


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