What Does The Idiot See While Walking The Streets And Wilds Of San Francisco?

San Francisco — with its hills, parks, oceanside, bay, coastal trails and wide sidewalks — is one of the best walking cities in the world. The Idiot wasted no time exploring geographical and manmade treasures throughout the town during a brief stay.

Things kicked off at sunrise in his airy Airbnb aerie in Laurel Heights and went downhill until he left town.

The view of downtown San Francisco from The Idiot’s airy Airbnb aerie in Laurel Heights.

There’s always something new in increasingly urbanized China Basin, where The Idiot participated, as a healthy subject, in a longitudinal research project at UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center.

First Responder Plaza designed by Paul Kos in 2014 features a star, a bell and a spruce tree in honor of San Francisco’s Police and Fire Departments.

Cirque du Soleil is removing a tent where “Luzia” ran until January 29. Safety is a very serious concern following the death of a crew member in an “industrial accident” in late November.

It’s always refreshing to walk by McCovey Cove and AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.

But The Idiot’s most enjoyable walking is in less developed areas.

Pretending to jog on Baker Beach.
(Photo: Liz Chapin)

Checking the map before walking the sublime coastal trail at Lands End.
(Photo: Liz Chapin)

Appreciating the well-maintained stairway path through Lands End.

Contemplating, but not taking, a swim in the ruins of the Sutro Baths, the world’s largest indoor swimming pool when it opened in 1896.

Feeling Zenny while strolling through the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it,” said The Idiot in the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.
(Photo: Liz Chapin)

Next week: The Idiot’s winter CA road trip continues to Los Angeles.

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About Joel

Joel Stratte-McClure has been a global trekker since the 1970s. He lived in France for over 30 years, working as a journalist, before he turned his attention to a unique life-time-project of walking the shores of the Mediterranean. The first 4,401 kilometers are explored in his inspirational and entertaining first book "The Idiot and the Odyssey: Walking the Mediterranean." The next 4,401 kilometers are covered in the gods-filled sequel, "The Idiot and the Odyssey II: Myth, Madness and Magic on the Mediterranean,” published on Valentine's Day 2013. The last 4,401 kilometers will be discussed in the last book of the trilogy currently entitled "The Idiot and the Odyssey III: Alexander the Great Walks the Mediterranean."

2 Responses to What Does The Idiot See While Walking The Streets And Wilds Of San Francisco?

  1. Carol Lieb

    San Fransico is fascinating thanks for all of the details.

    • Joel

      Delightful place and wonderful streak of good weather.

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