Coconuts and Haunted Houses: An Excelsior Urban Hike
Ready to hear about our latest adventure? :) Yesterday I went on the Excelsior Urban Hike with bards Christina, Joseph and pit bull Snap!
We started at the Excelsior Bridge and with some stretches. It was a cool and slightly overcast day with refreshingly crisp breezes which made for good hiking weather (and the clouds added to that sense of mystery and excitement one gets when exploring a new part of town). I like the Excelsior neighborhood. I love the little colorful houses, closely packed together on wide and familiarly hilly streets with lots of classy timeless cars like my favorite ‘99 white LeSabres. ;)
We started with some uphills and stopped by one of Christina’s favorite graffiti works, the Silver Girl. She’s casual, mysterious, alluring. Hot!
Then we went up a cute wooden staircase that was surrounded by wild purple and white flowers. At the top of the staircase we turned around and took in the view. As we passed by a couple more houses on the way to the park, we discovered a little window that displayed a coconut collection! Definitely wasn’t expecting that on our hike. ;) The park was relaxing. Calming. A peaceful escape, with lots of trees and greenery, the air was suddenly fresher and cooler. The green was expansive and there were tall trees and sprawling ivy. You could see amazing views all around you. I loved being surrounded by wildflowers and walking on the small trails. We even walked by a pond! Who would’ve known, a pond on top of a hill! There were ducks. Christina joked that she always brings bread but that lately the ducks haven’t been hungry, in fact, they’ve been a bit snooty and not wanting any bread at all. ;) After the lake we went up one last little hill for the final view. We took in amazing views of everything - Daly City, Ocean Beach, and the skyline of the Financial District! Everything. It was windy, but we managed to get a cute picture at the top.
From there I started learning how to walk Snap! I’ve never had a dog before so Christina taught me about how dogs are used to being in a pack and that you need to be the pack leader. No tension on the leash, and you’re the one deciding where to go. Snap was a lot heavier than I thought! But it was awesome! I didn’t realize it’s a lot harder than it looks - a lot of communication going on - and Snap was kinda trekking it too so I had to pick up my pace.
On the way back we stopped by the neighborhood haunted house. It was actually pretty epic! Paint peeling off, a crazy-overgrown yard, broken windows, and an old car in the driveway that looks like it hadn’t been moved in years. Christina joked, “I didn’t think anybody lived in this house…until I saw someone walk out of the door one day!”
When we made it back to the house I was greeted by Chevy, a cute little energetic five year old! We had strawberry lemonade together (guess you could count that as my “recovery drink”) and talked about ghosts and haunted houses. It was a great adventure!
If you’re ever hungry for a little adventure, exercise, and nature - sprinkled with graffiti and haunted houses - with lemonade at the end, join Christina on her next Excelsior Urban Hike!