Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Lombard Street | SF, CA

^Saturday, 3/19/16

In a slow and steady manner, Jay and I are trying to make it to all of San Francisco's famed tourist attractions. This, of course, will take a long time seeing how there's about 50 million of them buuuttttt the long-term goal is fun in itself. For instance, we are waiting for a cold and blustery day to do Alcatraz (seems approps) and we'll stand in line to ride on the trolley when the people are at low tide (because that is where all the tourists congregate, all the livelong day). We'll get to 'em all eventually. But I was happy to cross one off our list this last Saturday by scaling Lombard Street aka "the most crooked street in the world".

Ideally, I would imagine most people anticipate visiting the street in their car and winding down it. But on the weekends, we are but simple walking folk and really only take our car to get OUT of town, not through town. So we decided to leash up Chandler and have a family date by walking the 2.4 miles there (and back!) and using the many steep hills in the process as a Saturday workout. 
^This is my new favorite picture.
^Starting the descent down Lombard Street and looking at the hilly masterpiece that is San Francisco.
Chandler's hilarious, exhausted face was the end result of the hills bathed in sunlight. In fact, outside of the time when Jay and I were smiling for the camera, I'm sure we likely looked just like that - tongues out and all. Elevation + heat, oh my! 
^Started from the top and now we here (here being the bottom)
^Look at that famous crooked street behind us (though I think it could also be called the "World's Most Inefficient Street", amirite?)

It was actually really funny walking down the street adjacent to the cars who make their descent as slow as possible after waiting in a huge line for quite a chunk of time in order to use the road. Every single vehicle had every single window open and all we could see were lone hands jutting out from it with iPhones shooting videos and pictures of the whole experience. Everyone inside the cars was filled with elated joy. And while I watched all of that play out at the same time that I basked in our weekend date of a long walk together to see something cool, I realized that it often is the journey and not the destination that resonates. Aaaaawwwww, how horribly cheesy and cliché. 

But I stand by that thought. And on that note, I'm out. :)

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15 comments:

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

The walk to Lombard from wherever we were coming from was a total leg killer. Even the downhills! I love how Chandler is SPENT. Lol

Stephanie Wilhite said...

On again your pictures are amazing! Such a cute little family!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Oh my gosh those photos. I must visit this place someday!!!

Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders said...

Walking up and down the hills in San Francisco is definitely a work out! We did the exact same thing when we visited last, we walked up the hill to get to Lombard street and then walked down! It was such a cool experience, and completely different from when we drove down it during my last trip.

Pat Hatt said...

That would be neat to see. Chandler sure looks pooped indeed haha often the journey many a time for sure.

Jaclyn said...

That's amazing! I never even heard of the street but it does look like lots of fun and gorgeous. I always thought the trolleys would be a popular form of transportArion for the locals. Who knew it would be such a tourist attraction?!

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

So much fun! I've always wanted to check that street out, I think we'll "hoof" it too as I'm impatient and probably won't want to wait in the long line of cars. Gorgeous pics as usual <3
Green Fashionista

Emily said...

What a fun day trip! Both times when I went to San Fran I never made it to Lombard sT so it was nice to see whats it looks like through your photos. Is the street just use for a tourist attraction now and not an actual street?

Nadine Lynn said...

Ohhhh I would love to visit there one day! Your photos are amazing and the dog is just too cute! I can imagine going up or down the hill would be quite a work out!

The Lilac Press said...

Lombard street is super cool, but a little scary! I drove down it in a GoCar (Strange, I know), but it was slightly terrifying!

Brittany said...

Ughhh...I've ALWAYS wanted to see/drive down this! I'm so envious of your San Fran life! :) Can't wait to read all the posts about your adventures in and around the city!

BLovedBoston said...

Oh my gosh dying over the pup!! We walked down lombard and loved it!! It's such a fun street and then we drove down it the next day! Love your pictures! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Marie said...

Your pictures are so amazing!! I'm so in love with your dog! He is so adorable.

julie @ jewelswandering.com said...

Ahahaha. Love how you're carrying Chandler...! Ooh, I miss San Fran so much... Always loved Lombard Street!

MilitaryPugWife said...

I love that you hold your dog like a baby.
That's how we hold our pugs. xxoo