First Stop, San Francisco

We were only in San Francisco for two and a half days, but we were able to make to several of our favorite spots. I was hoping for sun, but we got the typical cold and fog of early spring (and summer and winter and often fall). I miss seeing the fog, so it was just as well.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument / Sutro Heights

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The north side of the observation deck.

Yesterday I found a bunch of Sutro Heights pics that I meant to use for a post on (what else) Sutro Heights. Now that I’m no longer in San Francisco, I can’t really write the post I originally intended. Instead, I give you a handful of photos taken on that blustery foggy day for my second installment of the Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument.

Sutro Heights
San Francisco, California

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The mighty Diana (back view. obviously.)

Here’s a very quick overview of Sutro Heights: A very wealthy man named Adolph Sutro (who also became mayor of San Francisco) built an estate overlooking Ocean Beach, which included beautifully manicured grounds, a huge glass conservatory and an observation deck, which was open to the public.

Most of the estate was destroyed by a fire in 1966, but a few statues and some of the structure still stand. It’s an under-visited park, in my opinion. Across the street is the more-popular (and also super beautiful) Sutro Bath ruins (yep, built by Mr. Sutro) and Land’s End trail.

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The back of the observation deck.

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Another view of the observation deck.

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The observation deck circa 1890s. Image courtesy of postcardroundup.com

Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

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The Golden Gate Bridge
San Francisco, California

Of course this week’s Photo Challenge has to be the Golden Gate Bridge.
To think I went running here almost every weekend. No matter what the weather, she was breathtaking and inspiring. I always left feeling uplifted and renewed. How I miss her.

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the Golden Gate from Presidio Overlook