In the tourism trade my back yard is known as a Destination. Folks save their money and time away from work to visit the beautiful Bay Area of California. I work at not forgetting just how lucky I am to be here. One of the things I like to do is explore like a tourist. Yep, grab the map, a camera, some good walking shoes and GO.
The San Francisco Chronicle recently had an article about staircases worth seeking out that spurred just such action. Destination: the 16th Avenue steps in the Golden Gate Heights neighborhood of San Francisco. There are actually quite a few staircases you can climb on 16th Avenue — the one to seek out is at the intersection of 16th & Moraga.
The weather during the summer can be cool and overcast, even foggy. But those conditions cannot dampen the incredible beauty of what awaits. Here are 163 steps that say, “Wow!” from below and above.
Each step reveals a new wonder, a new creature or flower. I stopped along the climb to snap the segments of stairs. Here is the first set.
And up through the swirling waters
and schools of fish
and starfish, sea turtles, shells and more!
Here flowers begin to intersect with the sea.
And up. . .
and up some more. . .
Not there yet. . .
and the scene moves above the sea and land to the sky
and up we continue. Here van Gogh shows his influence.
At the top we turn to look toward Ocean Beach. The fog hides the sand, but it is a spectacular view anyway.
Only by completing the entire climb can you appreciate the rich beauty of each section of the staircase. It was completely dazzling.
What beauty can you find in your neighborhood?