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Twin Peaks

Forest Hill and Twin Peaks are posh, hilltop, residential islands with big lots and lots of green. Smack dab in the middle of the city, the epic view from Twin Peaks can be the best in town -- but strong winds often bring in thick fog in the evening. Look for enticing stair walks to really explore all the nooks and crannies of this area.

If your idea of fun involves fantastic views, exploring streets you never knew existed, and making out in secluded woods, this may be the place. Otherwise, look to the nearby Inner Sunset, Castro, or the Haight for cafés, nightlife, shopping, or necessities.


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Posted By:  Elizabeth Tauber
Photo:  Elizabeth Tauber

Pioneer Renewer
Everyone needs someone who can work with leather. Sure, there's the cleaners around the corner who can wash your shoes and maybe resole them, but can they fix your pretty leather bag? How about your belt? Didn't think so. Pioneer Renewer is a reasonably priced, old-fashioned looking hole-in-the-wall with friendly service. I walked by the store many times, intrigued by their machines, which look like they might be from the 1940s. But the old machines only support the fact that the Pioneer Renewers are leather and shoe specialists, and have probably been working with the machines since the 1940s. When you enter the store, crowded with shoes and leather goods in every crevice, you’ll probably see one man hammering on the back of a shoe and another shining a pair of pumps. Both will greet you but go straight back to work, and it's that kind of dedication to the craft you won't find at the cornerstone cleaners and cobbler.

Posted By:  Jennifer Anthony
Photo:  Jennifer Anthony

Twin Peaks
Many a San Franciscan has driven to the top of Twin Peaks with the flimsy excuse of “seeing the sunset,” but the ambiance and setting has led to physical, not environmental, passion. Some of these well-meaning romantics never quite get around to seeing that beautiful view. Not to worry. Every third month, long before the distractions of sunset at nine a.m. on a Saturday, volunteers from REI and Hands On Bay Area converge upon the grasslands and coastal scrub of Twin Peaks to restore the environment. Volunteers get busy in environmental ways, such as yanking up invasive radishes and cleaning up trash. Along the way, they get lucky with impromptu lessons on botany, biology, and ecology from the fantastic group leaders. They might shudder in ecstasy at the sight of an endangered Mission Blue Butterfly, or a red-tailed hawk. As they work it, they can actually get a glimpse of the beautiful view they’ve been meaning to look at during all those evening trips up to the top of San Francisco’s second highest mountain. And when they return that evening, they will know, without looking, that the view is beautiful—and they helped make it that way.

Posted By:  Jennifer Anthony
Photo:  Jennifer Anthony

In my thirties, I’ve found that I am willing to try a number of things I wouldn’t dare have done in my timorous twenties, which include skydiving and ziplining. So when a friend suggested trapeze class, my arguments were flimsy at best. I didn’t know that while tandem skydiving and ziplining require a great deal of nerve, trapeze requires nerve beyond compare, coupled with strength and agility. In my Saturday morning class of eight people, there was a curious correlation between those who had done gymnastics in the past and the ringers who mysteriously mastered the trapeze with grace and prowess. Despite the brawny (and brainy) instructors, suffice it to say that I was not one of the ringers. But the mere fact that I mustered up the courage to climb the proverbial beanpole toward the ceiling, hop off the platform, and swing high (oh, so very high) above the net still astounds me. Although I realized my dream of flying, I discovered that I have not missed my calling. I also rediscovered the awe, excitement, and wonder of the circus.

Posted By:  Eric Saxon
Photo:  Eric Saxon

Sutro Tower
On a foggy, yet brilliantly sunny day in San Francisco, the Sutro Tower disappears and reappears above a thick cloud mass below it. By the late afternoon, it’s completely enveloped by fog. If you imagine that the city is adrift on a sea of clouds and at night it disappears into the fog for a magical journey into the mist, you can envision that Sutro Tower is the mast of a city-sized ship. Where many in the Midwest and South can sit on their porches in the dusk and watch life go slowly by on the sidewalk and street, San Franciscans who live in the western part of the city can look up from almost any balcony and see their mast. Controversial like the Eiffel Tower during its construction, the tower has been accepted by all but the wealthy folks who live near its base, who have either moved or are still pissed off. Technically, the Sutro Tower is an antenna that facilitates television watching in the Bay Area—aim your rabbit ears towards it, and your reception should improve.

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