Getting a Workout with a Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco

 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco
I'm not a big fan of going to the gym.  I'd much rather use the natural stairmaster that is San Francsico to get my workout.  We set out on a crisp, blue-skied Sunday afternoon for brunch and a Stairway Walk with friends.  
Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco

We dined at Toast in Noe Valley -- this was a good place to energize before pounding the pavement.

 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco - Brunch at Toast

Our walk began with an appropo climb up Sanchez to Hill St.

 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco
We saw some amazing flowers and berries in bloom.

 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco
 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco
Some of the houses in this neighborhood were quite unique -- especially this twin-peaked white-washed number.
 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco
It may be hard work, but a climb usually pays off with breathtaking views.  Here we could see the Sutro Radio Tower atop Twin Peaks in one direction...
 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco - Twin Peaks
...and the San Francisco Bay in the other.
 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco
I loved this little weathered gargoyle peering at us over the top of a fence.
 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco
...alongside more scenic views and foliage.
 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco
The Victorian homes really stood out in perpendicular layers.
 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco
A watch dog kept an eye on us as we passed by.
 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco
The architecture in this neighborhood is so ornate and well maintained.
 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco
In the distance, we saw the Castro Theatre and the signature rainbow flag waved in the strong breeze.
 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco
Stately lions called the area home.
 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco
 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco
 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco
My favorite sight on this walk had to be this Chia inspired planter.
 Dolores Heights Stairway Walk in San Francisco - Chia Head

Overall we covered about 3 miles on our walk.  Thanks to Adah Bakalinsky and her Stairway Walks in San Francisco book for inspiring us to try this route.

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