Allison Walks…Lake Merced
Click through the slideshow to see Allison’s walk around Lake Merced.
Wrapping around the perimeter of the lake is a paved walkway. Parallel to said paved walkway is a rough-hewn dirt path, if that’s your thing. There are also a few dirt paths that cut through the woods and down to the shore of the lake, for a more organic experience. The whizzing traffic just feet from the paved walkway can detract from the transcendental experience.
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