Lake Merced, San Francisco

Parking Lot
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The parking lot where Sunset Boulevard hits Lake Merced Boulevard was large. Although bordered by trees, the lot had no interior trees for shade.


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Exercise Loop
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A path runs four miles all the way around the lake. That path was littered with exercise areas such as this one. The path is mostly flat, so it is a good place to exercise for young children and the less physically able. The path also passes near the San Francisco Zoo. internal link.


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Capitan Juan Bautista De Anza
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A statue of Capitan Juan Bautista De Anza external link was where the path started in the corner of the parking lot. The statue was donated by the Mexican state of Sonora in 1967.


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Capitan Juan Bautista De Anza's horse
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There are statues all over the world of soldiers and explorers mounted gallantly atop a fine horse. But how often is that horse mentioned on the plaque below? In the instance of this statue, the horse remained anonymous.


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Disabled Parking
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The most scenic parking spot of all was reserved for the disabled. Part of one of the three lakes with one name (Lake Merced) was visible just beyond.


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Shaded Benches
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Clean, well maintained benches were located in shady spots around the lake. Each such resting place had a fine view of the lake below.


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A Bridge To Golf
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A path across the narrow part of the lake led to the Harding Park Golf Course internal link. Although the path led into the golf course, it became a road on the other side. It is better to circumnavigate the lake than to take this tempting shortcut.


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Obstacle Course For Water
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A sign explained why it was important to say on the path. The sign read in part:

San Francisco public utilities Commission
Creating an Obstacle Course for Water
Soil and Vegetation Working Together to Protect Lake Merced

The Problem: Polluted Urban Runoff external link

The Solution: Retrofitting the urban Environment

These planting areas are capturing runoff!
Please use the paths and bridges and
do not disturb the vegetation


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Red-Shouldered Hawk
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A Red-shouldered Hawk internal link was seen perched atop a high voltage power pole. This was just one of the many stunning birds seen that day at the lake.


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The Bridge
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The bridge across the narrow gap where the lake pinched together. The gate was there to prevent pedestrian access to the Golf Course when the Golf course was closed.

The plastic covering the fence was put there to inhibit the spread of invasive species of plants.


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The Devil
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The devil is in the details. Although the overall park, path and lake appeared well maintained, a closeup view would often reveal trash and litter near the edges.


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Dragon Boats
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The lake was large enough for dragon boats to rehearse. On this day there were two practice dragon boats circling the lake. Rehearsal was for the the International Dragon Boat Festival external link in San Francisco.


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Closeup Of A Dragon Boat
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Young kids were paddling this dragon boat around Lake Merced. The dragon boat races take place in September each year on Treasure Island.


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Spring Flower
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A good time to visit Lake Merced is in the early spring on a day that is not raining. You will find many flowers in bloom along the paths and in Harding Park internal link in the middle of the lake.


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Fishing Dock
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Fishing is permitted in the lake with a fishing license. Fishing docks appeared here and there around the lake. Access to these fishing docks were not indicated with signs, nor were there paved paths to access them.


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Harding Golf Course
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A huge, triangular shaped golf course internal link lay in the middle of Lake Merced.


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A Black Phoebe
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Lake Merced is a good area for bird watching. Here was a black phoebe caught internal link perched atop a fence.


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The Path To The Fishing Dock
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The path to a fishing dock was unmarked and not easily found. Here a dirt path led off to the left and wound under that tree.


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Partly Paved
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The path to a fishing dock was partly paved with a small wooden bridge over a minor creek.


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View From The Fishing Dock
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The view from the fishing dock internal link was of Harding Park internal link across the lake and of ducks in fallen trees nearby.


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Beyond The Dock Was A Path
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The path continued from the fishing dock along the edge of the lake. It was paved with wood chips and appeared intentional.


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A Fallen Tree
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A fallen tree blocked the path that led from the fishing dock. If you walked that far, you would have to backtrack to find another trail up and out.


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The Path By The Street
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Most of the path around the lake borders neighborhoods. This section was on Lake Merced Boulevard between Sunset Boulevard and Skyline Boulevard. This one section of Lake Merced Boulevard was quiet and residential.


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Buildings Bordered It
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The neighborhood that bordered the lake had that typical Sunset District look. Two-story, residence-over-garage style homes.


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Noisy Skyline Boulevard
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The path continued along Skyline Boulevard. A number 18 bus stop was at the intersection of Skyline Boulevard and Lake Merced Boulevard. The path was wide and picturesque, but noisy with a busy flow of many cars.


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Tree Number 222
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The trees of Lake Merced along Skyline Boulevard were individually numbered with small metal tags. There was no indication anywhere around the lake that described who numbered these trees nor why. Each tree had a different number and the numbers increased as we neared Harding Park.


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A Hummingbird
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A hummingbird perched on a branch and appeared to be looking over the lake beyond.


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A Spider
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For those of you who enjoy bugs and have keen eyesight, many insects and spiders could be found inhabiting this lake.


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A Cormorant
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A double-crested cormorant internal link was seen flying into the lake, finding nesting materials and then flying out again with them dangling from its mouth.


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The Lake Looking East
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Here the lake could be seen in its wide splendor. We were looking east toward the narrows with the bridge in the distance. The Harding Park Golf Course is on the distant right. Harding Park is just visible with a dock jutting into the water on the far right.


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Harding Park
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Harding Park internal link lay along either side of a road through the lake meant to access the Harding Park Golf Course.


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Bicycles Too
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The path around the lake was not only a good place to walk and exercise, it was also a pleasant place to bicycle.


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View From The Golf Course
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The view of the lake as seen from inside the Harding Park Golf Course. Although it is much more scenic from inside the golf course, the way through the golf course was not at all pedestrian friendly.


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Path Down To Bridge
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The path down to the bridge from the Golf Course side. Note that the wide path in front continued from the electric cart path that pedestrians were not supposed to walk. The winding narrow path to the left was meant for pedestrians.


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