Posts Tagged ‘Golden Gate Bridge’

MANSPLAINER: How Tourists Should Get Their Rental Bikes Over The Bridge to Sausalito on Saturday, August 26th, 2017

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

[Mansplaining means giving advice without being asked, is one definition. Apologies.]

Attention Frisco Tourists / Visitors, I’m talking at hundreds and hundreds of you:

You are about to have a big headache, as a great bulk of our Presidio will be closed on Saturday, August 26th. Both of these zones will be bike-free areas.

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So here’s what you do. Instead of renting up at Fisherman’s Wharf, rent your ride near the Ferry Building and go down Market, take the Wiggle route to the Panhandle to JFK Drive. Then hang a right at the Rose Garden (feel free to walk your bike north to Fulton or take the unpaved bike route to the right (east) of the garden, then take 14th Ave or whateever, then take a long uphill through that damn golf course, then take Washington to Lincoln Boulevard (not that other Lincoln) and then a left on Merchant and then you are all set up for crossing the Golden Gate Bridge.

Or, go your own way. Ferry Building to Rose Garden to Sausalito. (Oddly enough, Google Maps now recommends the superior McAllister Street route over the vaunted Wiggle, but since the Wiggle is mostly for amateurs anyway, feel free.)

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Or you can take the Geary #38 bus with your bikes placed on the rack on the front of the bus all the way out to 25th Avenue and then bike the rest of the way.

Or you can rely on real-time Google Maps, which very possibly might be live-updated with the no-go zones.

Or you can go to the Ferry Building to take the ferry TO Sausalito. (This could very well be the better option on any day, as there are a lot of tourists who get back to SF this way.) Then you’ll have a laborious ride to climb out of Sausalito on your way back, but once you hit Frisco, it’ll be mostly downhill. I mean, really, you are starting and ending up at sea level, so the amount of effort is about the same.

Or you rent your ride at the Fish Wharf, follow the route to the Marina Green, discover that you are screwed and then maybe look left up that massive hill and start pushing. Divisidero is one option. Then get into the non-closed part of the Presidio to get to the Golden Gate Bridge.

It’ll look like this:

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Baby, that’s steep, even for Frisco. Some blocks on other streets on this hill have stair steps cut into the sidewalk. And of course, you and your bike should stay off of the Lyon Street Steps, the direct route around the Presidio from the (Old) Mason Street Entrance to the Presidio at Lyon.

Once again, apologies, Gentle Tourists.

Oro En Paz, Fierro En Guerra: Napa has Wine Cellars, But Frisco has Powder Magazines – They Look, Smell the Same

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

See?

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Fort Point, Baby:

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And best of all, free parking. That’s not too shabby.

All the deets.

Photos of Our Humpback Whale Season 2017: The Views that You Can Have from the Golden Gate Bridge

Monday, August 7th, 2017

As preschool season begins, whale season ends, for me anyway. But I’ve heard reports from just a few days ago, so you might still be able to see some.

Sometimes you can be on the bridge and see absolutely nothing, even during the middle of an epic season like 2017. But other times, you could see many whales, perhaps a dozen and a half at one time, on both sides of the bridge.

I’ve never seen them “spyglassing” or breeching, but apparently others have from the GGB. Maybe next year for me.

From the west side sidewalk, South (aka PGE) Tower:

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And without the scribbling:

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You’d also see them near Alcatraz, Angel Island, Horseshoe Bay, and Crissy Field, in addition to the entire part of the Golden Gate on the west side of the bridge.

But the best view is when you’re looking down on them when they are very close to the towers.

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WALDO GRADE: Don’t Tell the Skateboarders of Dolores Park that This is What 101 North Looks Like During a Marathon

Monday, July 31st, 2017

This is Marin County down the hill from the Robin Williams / Rainbow / Waldo Tunnel and up the hill from the Golden Gate Bridge during the 2017 San Francisco Marathon:

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And here’s how fast you can go on a small hill.

And if you started on the other side of the tunnel, you’d have a mile of downhill skating (before you killed yourself).

Anyway, it’s rare to see such an empty, hilly stretch of freeway in the daytime…

Disobedient WIFE

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

You see, ’cause you gotta have a bike to go on this side, no jogging allowed, but it’s much easier to jog with the bikes than all the other joggers and tourists clogging up the East Side

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Enforcement is lax on the West Side, so bring it on with your skateboards, large dogs and whathaveyou – it’s sort of the honor system here.

VIDEO: Helicopter flies UNDER the Golden Gate Bridge – (Don’t Try This in a Plane, or You Will Lose Your License)

Monday, July 17th, 2017

And, like I said before, I am surprised that this is allowed as a daily thing (weather permitting):

Fire Boat vs. Humpback: SFFD Slows and Stops to Avoid Striking a Whale Beneath the Golden Gate Bridge

Monday, July 17th, 2017

This was yesterday:

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With the whale down again, the San Francisco Fire Department boat then puttered away.

We’ve had a lot of documented whale strikes lately, but this is the most care I’ve seen displayed by a boating crew.

It’s Inevitable that People Will Crash Into Whales on Kite Boards, Sail Boards and Boats – There’s No Whale Vision Zero

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

As seen from the Golden Gate Bridge:

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So here’s the deal – you’ve got sail boarders going back and forth from Crissy Field to Horseshoe Cove at the same time you have humpback whales going up and down getting sardines.

This person knows that whales are in this area these days. If you see a whale going down, you can guess that it will pop up again in about the same area in about two minutes.

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So if there’s a collision, this isn’t necessarily running into whales on purpose, which seems to what’s worrying some in Frisco these days.

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Same thing for kite boarders

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This here is from Fort Point on a foggy evening:

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These sail boaters are more or less hanging out with the whales, going back and forth in a small area between Alcatraz and the GGB:

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They’re on their own whale watching tour:

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But I didn’t see any whale strikes on this day.

Now, back up to the bridge, this was the last time I was up there. This 40 foot sailboat had just tacked going upwind and then up comes a whale. The boat hit the whale but it was more of a glancing blow. The boaters weren’t aiming for the whale as they couldn’t even see it until after they hit it – it’s just something that happens.

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VisionZero is a governmental promise that nobody will ever get injured / killed in transportation accidents in San Francisco from 2024 to eternity. IMO it’s shameful to promote the idea that there’s any kind of chance of this actually occurring IRL – somehow the politics of the situation has people doing this, oh well.

But what about whales? If you want to live in a world without whales getting hit by watercraft, you’d need to ban watercraft from transiting the Golden Gate when the whales are around. That would be Vision Zer whale strikes, I don’t think that’s practical.

The whale above did fine. It floated about for a while and then went back to fishing.

So I don’t know. Let’s be careful out there, but these types of incidents are inevitable when you have so many whales about in the summertime…

How Tourists Get Their Rental Bikes Back to Frisco from Sausalito – Some Might Consider This Cheating – Saving $48 in Ferry Fare

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Once you’ve made it to Sausalito, getting back to Fishermans Wharf to return your rental bike can be a chore with all the uphill, right?

And the heavily-subsidized ferry system for some reason would collect a whopping $48 to take this foursome to the Ferry Building, and don’t forget about the long wait sometimes (and I suppose some get turned away at the end of a day).

But if a taxi driver could somehow carry four (4) bikes and four people up the hill and over the bridge, well that would be great. Thusly:

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And there was another taxi doing the same thing just ahead, so I guess this is a thing, I just didn’t think this was possible.

As long as the driver got you to the Toll Plaza of the Golden Gate Bridge, well that would work out great.

 

Surprising that Flying Under the Golden Gate Bridge is Allowed by the FAA, in This Day and Age

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

This is how it goes, every day, weather permitting, under our Golden Gate Bridge:

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You know, like this:

Or if there’s too much fog up high, I guess they’ll go under from west to east, thusly:

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It’s hard to tell, but the pilot is staying in the clear and just under a lot of fog

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And then off to wherever:

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To repeat, it’s Surprising that Flying Under the Golden Gate Bridge is Allowed by the FAA, in This Day and Age.

You know, safety and whatnot.