On Fourth of July, I didn’t have any specific plans to go anywhere because it was a weird day off literally in the middle of the school week! It’s too bad July 4th was on a Wednesday this year. I figured I probably wasn’t going to make it out to fireworks and definitely wasn’t going to go all the way out to Oakland to go to a party I was invited to, so I decided to spend the way at Mission Dolores Park. While amazing and beautiful in it’s own right, the main reason I decided to go there was to watch a free San Francisco Mime Troupe show!

To be honest, I had no idea what this was besides the fact that I figured there would be no speaking during the performance. Literally all my assumptions were shattered because not only was there plenty of speaking during the entire (rather entertaining) show, it was extremely political, which I wasn’t expecting at all! By this point, I should really get the hint that EVERYTHING in San Francisco is political, but for whatever reason, I can’t seem to be unfazed by this!


Not that kind of mime!


So many people – clearly miming is very popular!

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At the top of the Mosaic Stairs at 16th Avenue in the Inner Sunset District is Grand View Park. I had never heard of this park before or bothered to notice it in Google Maps because it’s so small, but I’m glad that once I got to the stop of the Mosaic Stairs that there were even more stairs to climb to get me to the top of this hill-top park! Oh my … what grand views there are from the top of Grand View Park! Even though the air was smoggy and ashy from the wildfires up north, I could see the entire city from up here!


Stairs leading to the top of Grand View Park


The grand view


More of the grand view


Purple flowers dotted this park

I’ve lived in San Francisco just about 3 years and I finally (yesterday) made it over to the Mosaic Stairs on 16th Avenue in the Inner Sunset area! I’ve been wanting to see these stairs up close and even went to far as to go by them another time, but there were so many tourists in the area that it would have been impossible to get a good view. I think it’s so neat that the community came together to create these steps. The design is absolutely beautiful and I really wish something like this could be added to the school I teach at in Bernal Heights. I think it would create a sense of community and pride that’s beautiful to look at!

A mosaic photo adventure:

During my cat-sitting adventure this first half of the summer, I’m staying in the Inner Richmond. Park Presidio Boulevard runs through this area and happens to be where I get off the bus every day. On my first day, I noticed that this was not just your typical road! In fact, I noticed that it was essentially a giant road-length park that separated Park Presideo Bouldvard from 14th Avenue. This got my super excited because one of my favorite things in the entire world is urban parks! This park (while long and skinny) has a surprising amount of trees and is actually quite thick when it comes to greenery. A single path runs through it most likely initiated created by the lay urban hiker (walker). I just loved having the chance to explore this random park so close to where I’m staying!

A road park photo adventure: