SpellWalk SF: Ingleside

This route was no joke. It consisted of long north-south blocks up and down the same hill which kept getting steeper toward the east. The lowercase “i” on Orizaba Avenue was the steepest segment; Orizaba terminates at Lakeview and Ashton Park atop the hill’s summit. Tired and sweaty, I finished this walk with relatively clean…

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SpellWalk SF: Potrero Hill

I think this walk was memorable for two of its non-walking aspects. First, I acquired some rather unusual decor. Residents looking to offload or dispose of possessions that they no longer want often put such items on the sidewalk. On this walk, I encountered two fake life-sized crows for the taking. They were not taxidermy…

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SpellWalk SF: Castro

This was the second attempt at this route. And, unlike the Marina walk, it was due to a legitimate mistake on my part rather than GPS signal troubles. The first time, I continued on the western leg of the “A” for a block south too long. Instead of turning right onto 17th Street, I turned…

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SpellWalk SF: Pacific Heights

Although Pacific Heights is a quiet neighborhood, this was one of the most interesting walks so far. There is so much to look at. Pacific Heights is an incredibly wealthy area of San Francisco, so block after block consists of beautiful, stately, and sometimes even gaudy, houses. But the slopes on some of these streets…

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SpellWalk SF: Cow Hollow

Cow Hollow is wedged between the Marina and Pacific Heights. So it should come as no surprise that this walk consisted of passing by women in yoga pants, bros, restaurants that add a leaf of kale to a dish and consequently increase the plate price by $10, and even a bakery for dogs. The walk…

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SpellWalk SF: Noe Valley

“This event will occur rain or shine.” – Tickets to outdoor concerts Well, this walk occurred rain AND shine. As I spelled “LLE” in “Valley”, it was raining. The rest of the walk alternated between cloud cover and sunshine. I am rather proud of this one. The letters came out clean and crisp. It also…

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SpellWalk SF: Financial District

Okay, so the title is misleading. Did you really think I’d spell out “Financial District”, though? This was my second attempt at this route. The first time I completed it, the scale was actually half as large. Meaning, instead of the loop of the “d” rounding the perimeter of four square blocks, as it does…

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SpellWalk SF: SoMa

There’s not a ton to say about this route. There was neither interesting topography, such as hills, nor was the route difficult to map out on the perfect South of Market grid. Furthermore, SoMa is a former-warehousing-and-industrial-partially-converted-to-trendy-ish-bars-with-expensive-cocktails neighborhood, so there’s nothing particularly visually appealing about it. I’d venture to say this was the least engaging…

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SpellWalk SF: Bernal Heights

Bernal Heights is a complicated neighborhood to try to map a SpellWalk in. It is a relatively small neighborhood with multiple grids, dead-ends, and infrequent intersections. I wasn’t convinced I could do it at first, but here it is. This walk was quite an ordeal. Although a birds-eye view shows a relatively orderly and regular…

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