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Friday, August 16, 2013

Mission and Muir


August 14 - 16, 2013:

Wednesday, back in the city taking various buses to the Coit Tower.  It was a good day for the Tower as it was unusually clear.  The Tower is 210 feet high and sits on top of Telegraph Hill and from the top you have an unobstructed 360 degree view of the city and surrounding area.  A small elevator takes you up to an observation deck near the top, we were expecting a few hundred steps.  The interior of the Tower at the base has a series of murals done in the 1930's as part of a WPA arts program.  After that we stopped for lunch at Tony's Coal Fired Pizza in the Italian section.  

The Coit Tower

View from the Coit Tower parking lot

Mural in Tower base

Mural in Tower base

Mural in Tower base

View from the top of the Tower

View from the top of the Tower

View of the Bay Bridge from Telegraph Hill walkway

A stop for Pizza at Tony's


We then rode the Powell Street Cable Car downhill to Market Street and then a bus up Mission Street into the colorful, but dirty and gritty Mission district.  I found more than my fill of murals, graffiti and interesting old signs and decaying buildings there. We also ran into a few weird street people during the day; the homeless looking guy yelling into the bus at a stop saying; "It's your lucky day, I ate a burrito" and then another angry guy on the street yelling something about the DNA, over and over again ???

Powell Street Cable Car

PCC Trolley Car

The El Capitan Theater

Close up detail of El Capitan Theater

Mural in Mission District

Mural in Mission District

Mural in Mission District

Doc's Clock Cocktail Lounge in Mission District

So Love Goes Mural in Mission District

Free Elvira Mural in Mission District

CHA CHA CHA in Mission District



Salvadoreno Market in Mission District

Mural in Mission District

Mural in Mission District

Mission Church

Thursday was a breath of fresh air in the Redwood forest at Muir Woods National Monument.  This is one of the earliest monuments set aside in 1908 to protect a stand of old growth coast Redwood trees.  We arrived there a 11 AM and were quite surprised to find all parking lot spaces taken, luckily there is parking along the roads.  We were there to do hike, but didn't expect to be parking about a mile down the road from the trail head. We did the Ocean view Trail, lots of uphill, and it was enough for us in our weakened condition after a month of inactivity at Phoenix.  We then looped back to the main trail where most of the big Redwood Tree groves are located.  They have tons of hiking here, a nice cafe and store, a great spot for a day in the forest.

Muir Woods Redwoods

Muir Woods Redwoods

Muir Woods Redwoods

Muir Woods Redwoods


Friday was a dentist visit then an restful day, going through a box of new mail, (mostly junk) and then a minor repair to a cabinet door that got caught in an opening slide mishap. We are also preparing for another short move across the bay to Tradewinds RV Park in Vallejo, California.  We hate to leave Marin, everything is so convenient here and we are just getting to know our way around. 

That could be a rule for this lifestyle; When you know you're way around, it's time to go ?   

Another week in the San Francisco area, much more to explore and I haven't found my way yet !

Twinkles and Slick



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