Allison Walks…Lake Merced
Click through the slideshow to see Allison’s walk around Lake Merced.
Welcome to the Lake
Here’s a little trivia about Lake Merced brought to you by the Western Neighborhoods Project: Lake Merced was originally inhabited by the Ohlone Indians, who fished the lake and plied the nearby Pacific for fish, seals and the occasional beached whale. The Spanish arrived in 1774, scouted the area as a possible mission site and named it The Lake of Our Lady of Mercy – which later became the corrupted Spanish/English “Merced.”
Hi. My name is Allison and I am a recent transplant from the Florida Keys, a chain of tiny islands that has one main, stick-straight road, and the impossibility of getting lost. After moving to San Francisco in 2008 and getting lost for the umpteenth time, I made it a goal to walk every street to get my bearings in this hilly, twisted town. After 12 months of steady plodding, I am about 400 miles into the journey. To keep track of where I’ve been, I keep a blog, http://allisonwalkssf.com.
Note: Writing a column every two weeks — and doing the walks on which it’s based — can take up a lot of time. And the onset of winter brings fewer daylight hours in which to do the walking. That means that Allison’s column will move to a monthly schedule after this installment. Look for more Allison Walks Dec. 17. – Tom Prete