Last Friday was a gorgeous San Francisco day, so I had a chance at lunch to sneak out and take the dogs to the Mt. Sutro open space reserve. It is one of my favorite places in San Francisco on a warm and sunny day. The vegetation almost completely envelops me, and I have to look and listen hard to remember that I’m in the middle of a densely populated urban city. The vines climbing up decaying trees, the trails that fight to exist against all the scrubby vines and low-growth vegetation, the stumps of enormous fallen trees, the smell of eucalyptus. It’s a great sensory experience, and a whole lot closer than a drive up to Mt. Tamalpais, Mill Valley, or the redwoods.
To get the dogs to the Mt. Sutro open space reserve, I usually drive (they’re old – 10 and 13) which means I get to park on one of my favorite San Francisco streets – Edgewood Avenue. Edgewood Avenue, along with Woodland and Belmont makes up an awesome little area immediately north of Parnassus that is snuggled up against the open space. Edgewood Avenue, in particular, has a quirky combination of dilapidated but stately old homes juxtaposed next to modern marvels of engineering and material. Technically, the streets are a part of the Parnassus Heights MLS subdistrict, but I say they belong in a neighborhood all to their own.
Below are a few of the pics that I snapped along my little nature walk. I’d tell you to get out there and enjoy this awesome San Francisco experience – the Mt. Sutro open space – but if everybody showed up at once it would take all the magic away. Instead, you can just enjoy the pictures! And thanks for indulging my Friday escape, I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed taking it.
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