The paths meander through Crissy Field along the Bay to the base of the Golden Gate Bridge, with great views of the Bridge and the Bay.
Views across the beach and salt marsh to the Golden Gate Bridge
View back toward downtown (from where we walked)
From Crissy Field, we walk through the Marina over to Fort Mason, stopping first at the Safeway for a Diet Coke and Diet Dr. Pepper. Although the houses in the Marina come right up to the street, focusing on the views of the Bay, some people are able to do a lot with their small yard space.
Front yard art in the Marina
Fort Mason served as a US Army Post for over 100 years and, during World War II, was the principal military port for the war in the Pacific. Now, Fort Mason is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, with a trail along the Bay connecting the Marina to Fisherman's Wharf.
View of Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Mason
The Army still uses some housing at Fort Mason and the rest is occupied by, among other things, a youth hostel and the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture with art galleries, stores, cafes, restaurants, dance studios, museums, and art classes.
Statue on the path in Fort Mason
View of Alcatraz from Fort Mason
As we leave Fort Mason, we pass through the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, where people are swimming in the Bay, despite the February water temperature of 56ºF (13ºC). The Park contains a museum, a historic fleet of paddlewheel, steam, and sailing ships, and a Maritime Research center that focuses on sail and steam ships of the West Coast.
We walk through the Park and toward Fisherman's Wharf, passing old San Francisco fishing companies (closed on Sunday) and fishing boats at their docks.
The fishing business at Fisherman's Wharf
We are heading toward the fish stands outside the old Fisherman's Wharf restaurants for our reward, two crab sandwiches. Fisherman's Wharf is famous for Dungeness crab, caught and available here since the 1840s. In the early days, many fisherman were paid with fish and crab they caught and could sell on the streets themselves, leading to the seafood stands that still remain and at which we buy our sandwiches.
Old San Francisco fish restaurants, with stands in front
Flowers along the Embarcadero
Our destination is the Ferry Building, where we'll visit the Marketplace to pick up some duck and mushrooms for dinner. The Ferry Building was completed in 1898 and, while ferries still leave from the area for destinations all over the Bay, the building houses a packed food hall and a farmer's market on Saturday's.
Ferry Building inside and out
Mushroom stand in the Ferry Building
View of Bay Bridge from the Embarcadero
And, even more dramatically, the views of the city behind us as we drive across the bridge, heading back to the East Bay and Alameda.
View of San Francisco from the Bay Bridge, leaving the city
What a great time, another wonderful day of exploration in the city. This is one of the reasons we live here (mid-70s-to-mid-80s temperatures in February also doesn't hurt)!