My absolute favorite walk so far is the journey to Levi’s Plaza on Battery St. where it meets the Embarcadero. I knew I could get there and back in twenty-five minutes.
I love this route because I only have to cross one street with a light (okay, two, but I almost always jaywalk across Sacramento St. because it’s one-way). I cross into the Embarcadero center, go up two stories (on the stairs!) behind the cinema, then cross over Clay St.
I then wander through the Marine Plaza block with lovely green enclosures.
I then cross over Washington St. to the residential block, and then open up onto Sydney Walton Square, where (evidently) we used to come and picnic with my father when he worked on Beale St.
I always giggle when I get to this part because of its close resemblance to the end-level of a computer game my brother and I play.
Then down the stairs, through the pigeons, around everyone napping on the grass, and off down Front St, which used to (shocker) go along the bay. For being the closest parallel to the Embarcadero, it’s very quiet and peaceful, even next to the new Exploratorium on Pier 15.
And then I go for half a block along the Embaracdero when I find myself at…
You can hear the bubbling water and feel the shady breeze.
And then it’s hurry, hurry back along the Embarcadero again, peeking at tall-masted sailing vessels.
Then swinging back in to Front St. to go back to the office.
Of course, I have to stop and show off my camera.
But then I whisk myself back to the office before I’m missed.
You see, it only takes me 25 minutes if I don’t take my camera!