This morning z informed me that we needed an adventure, so we consulted the Muni map and headed to Lands End. It was an unusually beautiful day – especially since it came between rains – and since its February, it is the kind of day that reminds me that I am very lucky to live in San Francisco when much of the rest of the country is covered in snow.
We took the 38 Geary to 34th Avenue and walked through the public golf course to the Legion of Honor, stopping by the Holocaust Memorial across the road from the Legion of Honor. Walking through the golf course was lush and damp with view of the Golden Gate Bridge through the trees.
Continuing through the golf course on the other side of the Legion of Honor, we didn’t really knowing where we were or how to get to Lands End. Eventually we found the Coastal Trail which follows the coast to Lands End and eventually to Ocean Beach. Lands End is a bit different from what I remember from the last time I wandered the Lands End trails and beach years ago. It used to be a wild coast with willynilly steep trails. Now vista points have been built along the coast and trails built on what used to be the Cliff House Rail Road. The trail was vibrant green with all the recent rains.
The trail ends at the spectacular ruins of the Sutro Baths on the Pacific Ocean. I’ve always dreamed of swimming in the Victorian swimming pools of the Cliff House built in 1896. The rail road that ran back then brought people here from the city center, through the country (now the Richmond district).
I’ve spent a bit of time scrambling over the crumbling ruins of the baths and even though its been awhile since I’ve been there, but it was still as awe inspiring as ever.
We finished our walk with a cocktail at the Cliff House, I hadn’t been there since it was renovated in 2004 and z had never been there. We sat in the lounge with great view of the ocean and the Sutro Baths and I thought the renovation was very swanky.