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u/troymccluresf · 1 pointr/AskSF

It's closed at the moment from the storm, but Land's End has a really beautiful trail, connecting 32nd Ave to Sutro Baths. There's a tiny beach you can hike down to, too.
It's easy to tie in the Legion of Honor into this, too. Go there, walk the trail, then have a beer at Park Chalet. (If you're into beer, let me know. I'm literally a professional.) EDIT: Actually: here's pretty much that walk:

There're also some lesser-known trails in Golden Gate Park that offer some quiet and privacy, marked in gray on Google Maps. There's a big rock pile I always thought was fun to climb right inside the park at 25th Ave in the Richmond; I'd go from there and up to the lake.

Mountain Lake Park is neat- when my mom worked swing on the Golden Gate Bridge, my dad would drop her off then drop me & the dog off at 8th & Lake. There's a dog run in there we'd hang out at for a while, then take the trails back behind the lake and over to the PHSH, which used to be a lot more interesting. From there we'd either go up through the Presidio, maybe to Baker Beach and out to 25th Ave. Or, I'd take the "trails" inside Park Presidio through to Geary or maybe Golden Gate Park and head back toward 25th through there. (EDIT: Hit Little Vietnam for bahn mi beforehand- 6th at Clement.)

(Why yes, I did grow up in the Richmond, how did you know?)

Buena Vista Park is cool, plus it connects to so much- Corona Heights, the Haight, Castro… I'd say only if you have a bit of street smarts, though- plenty of burned out hippies living in there. Not actually dangerous, I wouldn't think, but I'd pay more attention in there.

You can get pretty close to the base of Sutro Tower, too. Can't really do much when you're there, but it's neat to see up close, at least. Just get to Dellbrook Ave & La Avanzada St. Here's a fun way to get there from UCSF (probably can't get quite that close to the tower, though).

Glen Canyon is pretty cool, plus it's (one of?) the only place in SF with the natural waterway still intact.

Left field at AT&T Park is open on non-game days during the season.

Go to Green Apple's local book section and pick up a couple books like this. (And then go to Mountain Lake Park.)

Go walk down this hill.

All I can think of at the moment. Feel free to ask for more, or PM me. I love showing off my hometown to people!

EDIT: Come to think of it, Green Apple itself is worth exploring on its own, as is Amoeba Records on Haight.

EDIT AGAIN: How could I forget Treasure Island? There's a couple of baseball fields, as well as a couple wineries. Treasure Island Bar & Grill (Called "Ti-BAG" by the locals) is a small-town bar that was super friendly to me when I ducked in during a horrendous night of traffic on the Bridge. You can also wander Yerba Buena Island a bit, including access to roads directly above each end of the YBI tunnel.

EDIT AGAIN AGAIN: Tank Hill! You can pretty much drive right up to this one, so it's a good place to like, bring a burrito to eat and watch sunset reflect off of downtown. It's like a junior Twin Peaks. Also, all this could be said of Kite Hill, as well.

There's also Turtle Hill ("Grand View Park") in the Sunset, which has a view west.

u/enricosuavedotcom · 3 pointsr/AskSF
  1. Power of Now. Changed my life. Read with an open mind. Let the spaghetti stick to the wall where it will. Not all of it will stick. But some will.

  2. How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World: A Handbook for Personal Liberty. Opens your eyes to common social traps.

  3. The Empty Boat: Encounters with Nothingness. This one's hard to get through, because ego, but worth the slog. Read #1 first.

    I wish you well. Know that you're not alone. I understand the feeling. Also recommend therapy, ideally someone of the same gender. There are certain gender-specific issues that are best understood/empathized with by a therapist of the same gender.
u/XL-ent · 2 pointsr/AskSF

> Is there a good resource for finding out where the fog is in San Francisco?

Look out the window?

Sorry for the snarky joke. :)

Besides weather forecasts, the prevailing weather patterns in San Francisco are actually pretty interesting.

There is no coincidence that the ancient location of the main Indian village (in what is now San Francisco) is in the Mission District, which is the warmest and sunniest part of the City.

Pam Pierce wrote an interesting book about the microclimates of SF.

The bottom line is that fog is cool air, and cool air likes to sink. Therefore the fog zones all are the lowest pathways for air flow. The Golden Gate is the biggest of these. Also, the low point in the ridgeline near Daly City tends to collect the fog. The converse is that areas protected by high points tend not to be foggy, so therefore the areas with airflow blocked by Twin Peaks tend to be sunny.

u/stopthebefts · 6 pointsr/AskSF

Gift cards are great, but might I recommend a couple books on exploring San Francisco? The city is very walkable and has a rich history; my enjoyment of SF grew exponentially when I started planning these day adventures around the city. I've personally used Stairway Walks in San Francisco and Cool Grey City of Love, but there are quite a few similar books on Amazon.

u/wellvis · 2 pointsr/AskSF

Following up...

There are awesome things to see everywhere in San Francisco (depending on your definition of "awesome"). If you're planning on visiting Alcatraz, get tickets as soon as possible. They sell out far in advance.

If you like awesome scenery, the walk at Land's End is nice, especially if it's not too foggy.

Get a copy of the Stairway Walks in San Francisco if you like that sort of thing.

The free SF City Guide walks are great and give you lots of different views of the city.

u/CactusJ · 4 pointsr/AskSF

Season of the Witch: Enchantment, Terror, and Deliverance in the City of Love is a history book by best-selling author David Talbot. The book captures the dark history of San Francisco from the 1960s to the early 1980s utilizing a “kaleidoscopic narrative” [1] and tells the story of how "the 1967 Summer of Love gave way to 20 or so winters of discontent." [2],_Terror,_and_Deliverance_in_the_City_of_Love

Cool, Gray City of Love brings together an exuberant combination of personal insight, deeply researched history, in-depth reporting, and lyrical prose to create an unparalleled portrait of San Francisco. Each of its 49 chapters explores a specific site or intersection in the city, from the mighty Golden

u/conjunctionjunction1 · 2 pointsr/AskSF

Haha... sorry to skeeve you out!

But I only checked because I was like, "hmm, I feel like I answered this same exact question last week" ... and lo and behold it was indeed also from you.

Anyways- you might check out this book by Po Bronson, it's called "What Should I do with my Life" and it's a nice analysis of people trying to figure out where to live/what to do with there careers/family/finding professional fulfillment etc.

imo sounds like yours is more an issue with attitude than latitude- seems like family/house/hobbies/everything else is good in SD- maybe just start your own company down there, find fulfillment doing something on the side, do some consulting or write a book or something if you aren't professionally being challenged.


u/snarkinthebox · 3 pointsr/AskSF

People here laugh at us, but we have all our kitchen cabinets secured with latches and our bookshelves and washer/dryer secured with earthquake straps like these:

It probably won't help during The Big One™, but for any minor quakes (have lived through three already in the City), they can help prevent damage.

u/gulbronson · 20 pointsr/AskSF

I thoroughly enjoyed Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco. It's 49 different short stories about the history of San Francisco by Gary Kamiya who writes a history column for The Chronicle.

u/jcook793 · 3 pointsr/AskSF

Hello fellow newcomer! My wife and I have lived here about the same amount of time. I bought her Stairway Walks in San Francisco for Christmas and it has taken us to some fascinating places this past week. Highly recommended!

u/ragglered · 1 pointr/AskSF

Off the Beaten Path Northern California is fairly useful. It gives details on museums, hikes, points of interest etc and lists potentially helpful websites/resources at the end of each section.

Closer to home there is Golden Gate Trailblazer which lists hiking, biking, jogging and kayaking outings in San Francisco and Marin County.

u/[deleted] · 2 pointsr/AskSF

Ahh, well Ralph's is sadly a southern California-based chain. You may be high and dry, though if you're willing to buy in bulk, it seems like you can from the website. (Also from Amazon)

u/kmc_v3 · 3 pointsr/AskSF

If you want to do some reading, I have a few recommendations:

FoundSF and their links page

Outside Lands — focuses on the western neighborhoods

Cool Gray City of Love by Gary Kamiya

The Barbary Coast: An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld by Herbert Asbury

City for Sale: The Transformation of San Francisco by Chester Hartman — fairly dry political history, but it provides a lot of valuable context for the ongoing fights over housing and development.

u/MANIAC_MOON · 1 pointr/AskSF

If you want a cheap synthesizer, depending on what you want to do with it, consider buying a MIDI controller instead and use it with a software synth (like the ones included in GarageBand, if you have a Mac). You can get a new MPK mini for $100 and it comes bundled with a bunch of software. Or there's this guy for $35, though it doesn't come with any software. For a full-size controller, I see someone's selling an MPK 61 on Craigslist for $250.

u/LittleHelperRobot · 2 pointsr/AskSF


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u/sugarwax1 · 1 pointr/AskSF

Ocean Beach was the first place that came to my mind too.

Take yourself on a stairway walk.

The city offers a ton of places to go and decompress.

u/therippa · 7 pointsr/AskSF

My favorite is that back around goldrush times, there was a community of Australians who lived in a part of town dubbed Sydneytown. They were all criminals. Every few years, the rest of the city would complain enough to the police that it would warrant them having to do something about it (ie: raid and bust some heads). Whenever this was about to happen, it would get leaked to them and they would wait for a night where the wind wasn't blowing in the direction of their neighborhood and they'd set most of the city on fire. This happened 5 times.

You can read more about things like this here -

u/Madolan · 8 pointsr/AskSF

Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas by Rebecca Solnit!

She explores the area thematically — connecting, for example, Eadweard Muybridge's foundation of motion-picture technology with Alfred Hitchcock's filming of Vertigo. Across an urban grid of just seven by seven miles, she finds seemingly unlimited landmarks and treasures: butterfly habitats, queer sites, murders, World War II shipyards, blues clubs, Zen Buddhist centers. She roams the political terrain, both progressive and conservative, and details the cultural geographies of the Mission District, the culture wars of the Fillmore, the South of Market world being devoured by redevelopment, and much, much more.

Also a hoodie. Your friend will need layers. Layer her right on up.