Finally – a cool and flat walk along San Francisco Bay

Wave Organ - 1

Out with the heat. And out with the steep. The Adventurers and the Mag had had enough. Yes, they’d gotten a little break during the Mavericks jaunt last Sunday, but that wasn’t exactly flat.

Today was. They headed up to the City to see something L had only vaguely heard of and D had never heard of, the Wave Organ that’s located on a manmade jetty near the St. Francis Yacht Club. It was created in 1986 by Exploratorium artists-in-residence (when the Exploratorium was nearby). Explains the website about the Wave Organ:

“The installation includes 25 organ pipes made of PVC and concrete located at various elevations within the site, allowing for the rise and fall of the tides. Sound is created by the impact of waves against the pipe ends and the subsequent movement of the water in and out of the pipes. The sound heard at the site is subtle, requiring visitors to become sensitized to its music, and at the same time to the music of the environment.”

Mag in the Bay - 1

It is recommended to come at high tide which the Adventurers missed by about two hours. They heard not a sound and found the site a bit forlorn with weeds between the PVC pipes and concrete. But they’d paid a visit, finally.

The headed back along the Bay Trail along Chrissy Field where The Mag got to take a number of dips along the way both coming and going. The area is always super filed with off leash dogs and their owners or dog walker companions. Today it was also jam-packed with tourists from around the world on rental bikes, some undoubtedly just pedaling to Fort Point and others making the more arduous journey across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito.

It was a good day, one that featured fog coming and going. Yes, finally a cool day. One that was very pretty as well…

Walk/easy/4.2 miles

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