Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Port of San Francisco - December 2, 2009

Walking Distance: 1.5 miles
Walking Time: 1 hr., 11 min. (2:49 - 4:00 p.m.)
Start & End Point: Heron's Head Park parking lot, San Francisco, CA

Today's walk was all along surface streets (double yellow lines on map). The actual amount of Bay that can be seen from Heron's Head Park => Cargo Way => 3rd St./Illinois was fairly minimal. I first walked past the Recycling Central facilities, and walked NW on Cargo Way. I stopped for a train. I walked by several commercial buildings. In short, it was what I expected for a port in a busy city. After bearing right onto 3rd St./Illinois, I had a view of the water (Islais Creek Channel) as I walked over the bridge. Several brown pelicans were floating and diving in the water or standing on the shore. When I reached the intersection of Illinois and 25th St. I turned around and went back.

Wildlife Sightings:
2 rusty screws; 9 brown Pelicans; 2 cormorants; 1 Western Grebe; 9 sea gulls; 2 ducks; 6 coots; 2 unidentified grebes/diving birds; 1 broken off antenna, 1 toothbrush, 1 metal fork; 5 little brown jobs (LBJs); 5 banana peels; 1 old chair on sidewalk

A shout out to green plant life:
A mix of acorn-bearing, olive-looking, and coniferous trees were planted along Cargo Way (thank you to Friends of the Urban Forest), which made the area less stark. Later, I saw a cactus against the wall of one commercial building. Being close to the Bay will probably help moderate the temperature and protect it from freezing temperatures this evening. I may check later to see if it made it unscathed. Last, there was a certain amount of ivy along the sidewalk. I'm not fond of ivy (when it becomes invasive), but I took a few close-up shots of ivy leaves that were green and red -- December holiday colors.

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