Friday, August 31, 2012

The Most Twisted Street

We have had unseasonably summery weather this week (ha).  It's been beautiful and warm.  I am sure we'll go back to usual SF summer weather in a few more days, but I have been enjoying every second while it lasts.

We trekked through Russian Hill recently to get some clear views of the bay and to participate in a rather touristy attraction we hadn't yet hit since moving to the city (nearly a year ago--WOW--it doesn't feel like it's been almost a year...)

We enjoyed nice views on the way, such as the beautiful Alcatraz:

The ultimate tourist photo?

The Bay Bridge and Coit Tower.  I like how the streets appear like stripes below.

In this picture you can see the new portion of the Bay Bridge they are about to complete.  Seismic updates are a welcome thing in this city, and the design they engineered to increase safety is pretty impressive.

Transamerica Pyramid and 555 California--the two tallest buildings in San Francisco.  Will's rather familiar with the views from one of them...

The approach to Lombard Street:

We finally made it to the main tourist attraction: the section of switchbacks on Lombard Street--"the crookedest street in the world."  (Wikipedia says "crookedest" is a word.)
The hairpin turns serve to decrease the 27% grade that this street would have otherwise.  So steep!

What do you think--impressive?  At least worth a visit, in my opinion.  Even if I look like a tourist for the afternoon :)

Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend!

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