Testing the New DxO ONE 20.2 MP Digital Camera For iPhone and iPad at The California Science Center-San Francisco
I ran across the DxO ONE 20.2 MP Digital Camera…
I parked in the Presidio Parking Lot Zone 7 located off of Edie Rd. It was almost completely empty–I definitely recommend this parking lot as parking near the marina can be horrendous on the weekends. I paid $5 for 4 hours. This is also a safe area if you are going to hike alone.
The Presidio Promenade trail was 2.1 miles and went all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge, so I chose that one. I was surprised that the beginning of the trail was not really a “trail” in the sense of dirt, tree’s and bushes–I was just walking on sidewalks next to residents and buildings–not really what I had in mind but there were some really neat historical landmarks along the way that I really enjoyed stopping and reading about! This was another surprise that was very moving to see. The trail takes you right by the National Cemetery. I took a moment to read some of the headstones of our service men and women that gave their lives for our Freedom.
So many lives were lost for the simple pleasures we get to enjoy everyday. Amazing to see WWI tombstones here–this serviceman was born in 1882–War cemeteries are always such a stark reminder to take nothing that we have in America for granted.
Here we are–another surprise! The Walt Disney Family Museum is located on this trail too. If there is not enough parking at the museum Presido Parking Lot #7 is just a short walk away!
Right after passing the Museum I started to get a glimpse of the bridge. There was so many great opportunities for Photo’s. I appreciated the signs so I didn’t loose my way (easy for me to do!).The Rural part of the trail didn’t last long but the cypress tree’s were stunning–some of my favorites.
And again something else I sure wasn’t expecting–the home of the Park Police Horses! Ha–I tried to get their attention–they were completely uninterested. Notice the sign–it was pointed out to me as I was muttering about having nothing to feed them-haha. The views got better and better the closer I got to the bridge. It was warm but very windy–I would recommend bringing a light jacket to slip on.
This is when I should have known I was on the wrong trail for walking–There were bikers everywhere! Not one or two–I am talking mass loads of bikers everywhere! I must have passed at least 8 “group bike tours.” Then there were the serious bikes too–who were going so fast it was kinda crazy. Some were whizzing past people going way over 20 mph (they are supposed to slow down to 5 mph when going by people). I have nothing against bikers, I enjoy biking myself too–all that to say–I wouldn’t recommend this trail for walking or even jogging. It’s really a trail just for bikers. And here we are at the Historic Round House Cafe (built in 1938)–something I’v driven by for 21 years but have never been too! It looked like they had sandwiches,wraps, soups, cookies–I grabbed a water. The staff was super friendly. Joseph Straus–born in 1870–the Chief Engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge or in other words-a mathematical genius!
Flowers are my weakness–everything was in bloom. This is the view just across the way from the Cafe.
A short trail just below led to under the bridge and over to the other side.
This was as far as walkers could go–only bikers were allowed to go up and on this side of the bridge however, the other side is reserved for walkers. This was a neat piece of science–this was from a study done to show how the structure would react to various levels of ground shaking.
I ended the day with a stop at Twin Peaks, Pier 39 then Sausalito–so surely I burned that burger and french fries off right??
For the Presidio Parking Lot #7 Address click here.
For a list of the park trails click here.
What trail or Trails have you done? Let me know in the comments!