Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The End of the Land

Last weekend my sister Hilary and I spent the day doing a staircase walk at Lands End in San Francisco. We got lucky-- it was supposed to rain all day, but it let up when we arrived.

We stopped at Golden Gate park to see the Dutch windmill.

A view of the bay and Sutro Baths. It felt so good to be near the water.

We climbed a whole lot of stairs. We descended a whole lot of stairs. Have I mentioned I'm overweight and out of shape? I lagged behind Hilary, huffing and puffing. She promised me several times "no more stairs," but it was a ruse to keep me moving.

Here's Hil with some sort of bridge in the background.

The signage was interesting. We didn't go there.

I'm not quite sure what kind of warning this is ... hikers are not to give anyone flowers?

As we were walking along a lush green trail we spotted a used syringe in the brush. Just lovely. After a short discussion about what to do with it, we kicked it further off the trail and put some dirt over it. I took a picture, but after thinking it over decided to keep my blog a syringe-free zone.

After Hil walked the labyrinth, she turned a corner and continued walking. I stayed behind to take a billion more pictures, and when I turned the corner she was gone. The trail was a dead end, and as far as I could tell the only place to go was over the cliff and down in to the rocky shoreline. I frantically called her name, terrible visions in my mind. Then I heard her calling me from above ... turns out the trail didn't dead end, it went up a steep incline. Phew.

We didn't see too much of the city, but we did spend several hours at the Legion of Honor museum. I'll share more pictures on another day so as not to overwhelm you.

17 comments:

Woollywotnots said...

Enjoyed reading your post and seeing all your pictures. It is funny how walks can often make you experience every emotion under the sun! - fear from losing your sister, pain from steps, joy and delight from the views! The list goes on....

Theresa said...

Oh my goodness what beautiful pictures! Looks like a walk that I would LOVE to take! I sure am happy that your pretty Sister was safe! I bet your heart stopped. Happy Day dear Friend!

Suz said...

what a beautiful place
good for you for going despite the fact that it was hard
I liked your take on the flowers...always an optimist
Was it peaceful there?
glad you didn't show the needle
I would like to see more photos
you did a great job

Jane said...

Beautiful photos and funny signs! Wish I was anywhere but here.

Thimbleanna said...

Oooh, it's so beautiful -- I'll bet you had a fun time. "Some bridge" -- too funny. And thanks for clarifying the hiker sign -- from where I sit, it looked like a hiker wrangling a tornado!

PunkiePie said...

Lovely. Some day I will make it to the west coast and visit San Fran. On my list of places to see.

Erin Wallace said...

What a nice day. I do love San Francisco and am always dreaming of the day I can go back and spend a long time there. What a wonderful city, although it does have some interesting signage!

Dogwood said...

Oh, yes. Forrest and I have been there many times! I love that hike/walk. The scenery is so breath-taking. That low hanging branch in one of the stair pictures is where I have a photo of me hanging and swinging. Fun.

I love your writing style.

Kate said...

Your trip sounds like it was a blast! A syringe?! Holy moly- that's crazy! I'm glad you're blog is a syringe free zone- it makes me feel safer here. ;)

ImplausibleYarn said...

Don't you hate it when people tell you "no more stairs" and there are in fact more stairs? Or even worse when your huffing and puffing over a ton of stairs and then a school group comes rushing past you? Or is that just me...

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Hi Stacy,
Rec'd the Feb ATC card...very cute and Thank YOU!!!
Great photos! I didn't know you could knit lace...cool...
and did I say "Happy Blog Birthday"!
I'm so behind on blogging and reading blogs...UGH...stuff gets in the way!
Warmly,
Deb :)

Rachel said...

Oh you're funny. Love your little comments - some bridge, syringe-free zone haha.

The pictures are great. I'd love to go back to SF (sans famille) and see more of the area!

Linda said...

I love these photos, they are amazing, especially the ones of the steps with the tree trunk that is curved and bent and the windmill:)
Warmly
Linda

Susan Gallacher-Turner and Michael Turner said...

Wonderful pictures, thanks for not using the one with the needle but isn't it hard to come up to that reality in the midst of natural beauty?

I love San Fran and have been there several times but never seen some of the places you went, so thanks for giving me yet another 'trip' there to enjoy!

Congrats on getting out there on those trails and here's hoping there are many more 'happy' trails in your future! One of the things I love most is walking...so calming and inspiring. Thanks for sharing yours!

Susan

Teresa Wik- T Pots Pottery said...

You sure were lucky with a wonderful day in SF! Great pictures. Your comment about not giving flowers made me laugh out loud.

Hilary Martin said...

Thanks Stacy! I had a blast that day.

Maureen said...

Beautiful pictures! You live in a truly gorgeous city!