Adventures

    Stairway to Heaven: 16th Ave Tiled Step Project Stairway to Heaven: 16th Ave Tiled Step Project Stairway to Heaven: 16th Ave Tiled Step Project Stairway to Heaven: 16th Ave Tiled Step Project Stairway to Heaven: 16th Ave Tiled Step Project Stairway to Heaven: 16th Ave Tiled Step Project

On a quest to cure the Monday blues, my roommate and I drove across the city to find the beautiful stairs I had once seen a picture of. These stairs were actually the initial idea for the adventure section in my blog and because my blog makes me happy, I figured putting the stairs online for you all would make me even more happy. The 16th Avenue Tiled Step Project (on the corner of 16th and Moraga) is a neighborhood effort that drew 300 neighbors to collaborate on creating something beautiful to represent the neighborhood.

It’s amazing to walk up the stairs and see the detail in each tile and find the larger symbols mixed in the swirls of color. Not to mention it’s a little bit of a workout. I think a girl might have run up and down the stairs twice before I walked up once… nice. What was even better was that once we got to the top we saw another set of stairs, which led to another (you can only imagine how tired this made me) and once we had climbed them all (slowly but surely) we were in a remarkable lookout spot with nearly 360 degree views of the city. The lookout spot was a grassy hilltop with a wooden fence around it an a bench to sit on and look out. To one side the ocean and to the other a view of the beautiful downtown high-rise buildings and straight in front of me my little neighborhood right in front of more ocean. Believe it or not we even made friends with people on top of the hill! A big shout out to San Francisco for giving me one adventure and surprising me with two, I’ll love you forever.

 

    Mission Behavior: mural hunting and playing in parks Mission Behavior: mural hunting and playing in parks Mission Behavior: mural hunting and playing in parks Mission Behavior: mural hunting and playing in parks

Three Marina girls and a Russian Hill boy walk into the Mission and what do we find? Exactly what we wanted to actually, something a little bit hipster. The Clarion Alley Mural Project was started in 1982 by local San Francisco muralists as an act to represent the local artists and musicians who called the alley home. Some of the murals look like modern day Pablo Picasso paintings while others are creative designs that send inspirational messages. The alley extends from Mission Street through to Valencia and is home to many famous murals that tourists come far and wide to see. Who knew? Not us since we just happened to stumble across it, but we can pretend we knew it was there all along, right? I would encourage everyone to go check it out, the murals are so vibrant and beautiful they truly take your breath away. It’s definitely not an alley that you see everyday

After we got our dose of art and culture as mature adults, it only made sense to regress into children and find the closest play structure, which just happened to be in the famous Dolores Park.

Dolores Park looks much different on a sunny summer day. On this kind of day you can barely see the grass because it’s covered with picnic blankets, towels and people crowding the area with beverages in hand. Trust me, we will revisit Dolores when the weather invites us. On a rainy day, you can find four adults running up stairs to slide down steep, twisting slides…even if some of us barely fit. Who says a playground is just for kids? Or you can find the adults hoping across railroad tracks that we for some reason assumed were out of commission. Don’t follow our lead on this folks, a train ran through those tracks about 20 minutes after we were playing in them. Our educations were clearly worth every penny. One of the best parts about Dolores Park besides the approved open container policy is the view of the City. Rain or shine, the view makes you feel humbled to live in a City so beautiful.

Venturing out of the Marina and taking in the differences of the Mission, which is only down the street from my house, was exhilarating. Sometimes we get caught up in our everyday lives we forget that there is more beyond our neighborhood lines. Go explore, it’s worth it, think of what you might find.

Cheers,

Aly

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