Hike in the Presidio
March 6th, 2011
Kevin and I made a goal to go on a hike as many Saturdays as possible. So on Saturday 2/26 we went on a 5 mile hike through the Presidio in San Francisco. The Presidio is a 1,500-acre urban national park at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge and although we had driven through it many times when we had visitors in town, we hadn’t explored much of it on foot. We followed the map in a book we checked out at the library and, although there was a bit of a detour due to construction, we followed it pretty close.
There were lots of old canons and army memorabilia out for people to see. We thought this beautifully decorated canon was quite the sight:
Then we came upon an old army hospital:
Lola went galloping up the stairs…and ended up on the balcony, looking down at us:
So I ran up to join her for a photo opp on the balcony of the old army hospital. 🙂
Around the back of the hospital we found these two cottages which were built after the 1906 earthquake for refugees:
Then we got stuck for a few minutes due to construction. We were going to try to bypass the construction by zipping through the national cemetery but because dogs aren’t allowed we had to come up with another plan. We decided to hike through the forest behind the cemetery to try to meet up with the path again (instead of taking the 2 mile detour back the way we just came!) Luckily, it worked out perfectly and we saw some cool sights along the way.
Me and Lola hiking through the forest
We saw a couple of cool churches:
And here’s part of the national cemetery with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background:
Then we happened upon this weird pile of wood. After contemplating what its purpose was and after Lola climbed on top of it (typical), we finally saw a sign describing it. Turns out it’s a gray fox habitat!
Then we saw these huge block letters on poles out in the middle of a field. One line we were able to make out said “resolve conflict with song” and we had no idea what the heck the purpose of it was.
Then we saw another sign which said that it’s a habitat for a bird. Here’s a close-up of some of the letters, they were filled with straw.
I guess there are a ton of these artistic habitat displays that people can check out and they’re part of the Presidio Habitats Exhibition. They’ll only be up through May 15th of this year so we gotta check out the rest!
The last third of the hike was along the Bay Trail which took us through Crissy Fields and along the beach.