The Walk in a Park
McLaren Park in San Francisco is huge but underutilized because it's in an inconvenient part of town (though freeway accessible!) But it has one major feature going for it.
- •The Philosopher's WayA loop trail around the park. They say it's about 2.7 miles but my Fitbit says different.
- •It's punctuated with plaques for reflectionUsually with awesome views, like this one of Mt San Bruno.
- •It alternates between expansive open spacesBlue skies, gently waving sheafs of wild oat.
- •And then in a turn you're shrouded by treesIn a few feet the sussuration of wind in the eucalyptus and Monterey cypress can even drown out the roar of jets taking off from SFO.
- •There's wildlifeThis eucalyptus had been molested by woodpeckers. The hawks were out today, noisily screeching. It got the crows in a tizzy. Pretty sure we saw coyote scat. Also, crows are jerks.
- •And plaquesThis one was the most poignant.
- •Everything is bloomingPoppies, wild arugula and radish, so much more.
- •Sometimes it seems like the world opens up just for youThis glen felt like a tiny trip to the alps.
- •Other times the trees seem to reach out for youIf they haven't had their arms amputated.
- •There are plaques
- •And a water towerThis is the only part of the park most people know, because you can see it from the 101.
- •It's very schwingQuite impressive really.
- •There's a lot of elevation changeHills and stairs, up and down. I did a lot of sweating.
- •And plaquesDid I mention plaques?
- •It's definitely sketch in places, and the trail is not always well marked. But it has its rewards.Like when you see the entirety of SF laid out before you.