Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Urban Hiking

You know how we like to play tourist in our home town.  We were at it again with an adventure in urban hiking.  I saw a Google Offer and couldn't resist the chance to schedule the inaugral hike for Mr. P's new hiking boots. (I got him Merrils, similar to mine, for his birthday.) 

We scheduled a nature's smorgasbord tour with Urban Hiker SF.  Alexandra, the founder, led us from the Castro to the heights of Twin Peaks and back around through the eucalyptus forest.  Except for the center of the Castro, everything was new to me!

Alexandra pointed out edible flowers, rosemary and lavender along the way.  Mr. P didn't partake of the flower, but I took a chomp at the peppery petals.  Tasted just like arugula!

At the top of Twin Peaks, we stopped for a bathroom, picture and snack break.  Alexandra had made rosemary cheddar biscuits and lavender scones as a nod to the wild herbs lining our hike.

We snapped a shot of one of the most used views in television commercials.  Anyone recognize this view from car commercials or the T Mobile commercial?

Sadly, it was a bit on the hazy side when we went, but in SF, you enjoy what you can.  I don't see the ocean that often  - casualty of living closer to the bay side - but the light reflecting off of it that day made me have one of those, "I'm glad we live here" moments.

This was my favorite stairway that we scaled.  It looks like a stairway belonging in Hobbiton, right?  The moss and worn/weathered look.  But it's right downtown in San Francisco.

For the locals, have you been urban hiking? What are some of your favorite routes?

I'll be back soon with one of my favorite loops here in my neighborhood of Bernal Heights!


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  2. What a great hike! Some of my favorites are Glen Canyon and a spur off of where you were that leads to the hills behind UCSF. Now I want to take a tour.