Friday, March 21, 2008

Weds Evening Walk

On Wednesday evening, Dutch and I went walking.

Sunset at Alamo Square


We wandered to Alamo Square. All the dog owners were out with their charges. This is the park where they take that famous picture of the Victorians and that is its only claim to fame, besides being a pleasant neighborhood hang out. We continued walking east eventually ended up at Buena Vista Park.

Graffiti Bird

Civic Improvements

On our way to BVP we passed by some clever graffiti. This bird greatly enhances the visual appeal of the original post.

View From Buena Vista Park

Buena Vista

The hike to the top of the mountain is well worth the exertion. At the base of the park, all the trails are stairs. It feels very urban, but about halfway up, the stairs peter out, and the walker actually has to step on sand (all the westward hills are just overgrown sand dunes) and you can for a moment forget you are in a city. The gutters which snake up the mountain with the stairs, are lined with broken tombstones. The first time I hiked up here I thought it was weird to line lowly gutters with marble, until I saw one that looked like this...

Remnants of the Pioneer Cemeteries

tombstone gutter

You won't find any pioneer cemeteries in the City, or any civilian cemeteries at all because the dead were deemed a waste of space, exhumed, and if they were lucky, reburied in Colma during the reconstruction after the 06 earthquake. If they were unlucky, their headstones were recycled and I don't know the fate of the bodies. Its unfortunate the Citizens were so eager to build that they tossed out the past.

1 comment:

Dutch said...

Hey, hey, hey now, there's WAY more to Alamo Square than the opening credits of Full House. In the 1978 Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the pod people landed here in the form of intergalactic soap suds...

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