Tuesday, February 06, 2007

California Adventure

I arrived yesterday afternoon, dropped my stuff in my hotel room, raised the blinds, and was met by an unobstructed view of Coit Tower perched atop Telegraph Hill. To the left and in the distance, Alcatraz. To the right, the mighty Queen Mary 2 lay in port. I had to leave immediately for a conference I'm working, and when I came back after dinner, she was already gone ... bound for Honolulu.

I wish I had taken a picture. Tomorrow, I'm going to get my act together and upgrade my ancient phone to at least a camera phone!

In other news, I managed to get a run in today, and man it was something else. I'm in the Hilton Financial District (yay! more Hilton points!), which they might as well rename to the Hilton Chinatown, because you can step off the curb in front of the hotel and you're there.

OK, this is a little pathetic, but I just saw the picture that comes with the hotel website. If I don't get my camera phone tomorrow, you can at least see a reasonable copy of what I see outside my room window!

Anyway, I left the "Financial District" with a goal of going in the general direction of the Golden Gate Bridge. I googled it and knew it was about 5.5 miles away, and I sure wasn't planning on doing 10 today.

I ran up Columbus Avenue, through North Beach, past Ghirardelli Square, around the Aquatic Park, up and down a small but monstrous hill at Fort Mason, through the Marina, into Crissy Field and the Golden Gate National Park. I should've stopped long ago, but I kept on going and thought I could at least make it near the bridge. Well, I went all the way to the base on the bridge at Fort Point. 45 minutes, maybe 5 miles? Oops.

Another runner told me about some stairs I had passed, which would take me up the side of the hill to the bridge. Many, many stair steps later, I was at the tourist shop at the entrance to the bridge. Well, what to do? WTH, worst case, I can always catch a cab back. The sun had just about set by then, and I set off and ran across the bridge and back; them's some dark, cold, windy miles. I ran back into town roughly the way I came, and was so glad to make it back in one piece. Total time 2:16. Way over-schedule.

Tonight, I loaded up with some Garlic Gorganzola Fettucini with Grilled Chicken and Asparagus from the Stinking Rose. What a way to end the day.

Oh, and Happy Anniversary to my S. :-) Wish you were here :-( She was supposed to join me today, but something came up at the last minute. Alright, got to end on a more upbeat note. Let's plan for same time next year, ok S.?


jeanne said...

happy anniversary! i hate it when i mistakenly run TWICE as long as I planned. (That would happen, um, never.)
Nice job! Isn't SF gorgeous?

Josh said...

WOW what an awesome run (and view from the room!).

Happy Anniversary.

David said...

I'd have kept running up into Marin County and slept in the Muir Woods.


Hey; it's my anniversary too. And it's Mrs. T's anniversary. Go figure!

Ginger Breadman said...

wow - what a great run - funny thing - I was there for a quick trip several years ago and ran a similar route - but didn't get in the bridge and the view that you did. Don't ever take for granted the amount you travel and what you get to see - it's like a virtual travel blog! Happy Anniversary!

ykh said...

Happy Anniversary

Too bad S could not be there

Have fun and enjoy your stay in SF

Old School Runner said...

Happy Anniversary! I was in San Francisco at the same time. It seems that your meeting sucked up a lot of the hotel space. Made my meeting tough! I enjoy your blog!

Anne said...

Were you there for RSA, Rich? Your run reminded me of one I took along the same path about a year ago. I didn't get to the bridge, though but, like you, felt like I could have just kept going on that run. There's something about that city....

Faithful Soles said...

Great post, and always nice to know as runners that when we travel we can take our shoes and just head out. I see you are in Plano, I'm from Houston, have clients up in the Dallas area and always take my stuff and run out at White Rock Lake. Any other recommendations on places to run up that way?

Michelle said...

I've always wanted to run across the bridge. Sounds like a some great site seeing.

Rae said...

What a great view! You really do get to explore the world through your job!

afuntanilla said...

as a former san franciscan (now living in atlanta) i know your route well. good for u for getting out there on them hills. next time u will have to cross the bridge. stunning.