Living the San Francisco Dream


a Pre-Thanksgiving Run/Walk

So much for which to be thankful -- family and friends, food, a warm house. Today, Thanksgiving Day, we'll celebrate all of that, and be ever so grateful.

Top of Lyon St stairs, SF

Those thoughts were running through my mind yesterday afternoon as I wrapped up my work day early. Also going through my mind was how thankful I am to be living here in San Francisco, with my husband -- and how much I needed to step away from my computer and get some exercise. So, when my husband moved his car out of the garage to free up his spot for our granddaughter's use (a truly great guy, don't you think?), I asked him to drop me off at Lyon Street so I could run in the Presidio.

Imagine -- this is November, and I'm out in T-shirt and yoga pants, enjoying the quietness of the trails as I jogged past Lover's Lane, Julius Kahn playground, the Presidio golf course, and Rob Hill campground to reach Immigrant Point with its view of the Pacific Ocean and Marin County headlands. The sun was low in the sky, the shadows long, the day at its quiet point--not hard to imagine immigrants arriving from across the vast sea, from China, Japan, Korea, the Philippines to begin a new life here.

Immigrant Point, Presidio, SF

My run home took me through a Presidio housing development, past the wine bunkers (great re-purposing of former ammunition bunkers!) and back to the Julius Kahn playground. From there, city streets lead me back home, and I welcomed the lights as I jogged past Alta Plaza, Fillmore Street, and Pacific Heights mansions.

Google map shot of a recent run

Truly, much for which to be thankful--even this morning's stiff muscles!

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547






Comment balloon 8 commentsLottie Kendall • November 22 2012 09:23AM


I love that area.  Great post with the photos and map.  Thanks Lottie!

Posted by Michael Cather, Real Estate Broker (Rodeo Realty) about 8 years ago

Hi Michael -- are you a runner/hiker/jogger? The Presidio is one of the treasures of San Francisco. We have an amazing amount of open space right here in the City. And then there's Marin County, the SF Peninsula, East Bay and beyond. A great place to live.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 8 years ago

Lottie - I just wanted to stop by and thank you for your support.  I hope you have a wonderful day, Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) about 8 years ago

Lottie that sounds wonderful!  An inspirational run for sure!  Happy Thanksgiving!!

Posted by Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker, 602-380-4886 (HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000) about 8 years ago

I am not a runner... Heck I barely walk! I am trying to get more into walking than ever before! Hope you had a great day today! Happy Thanks giving evening!

Posted by Sussie Sutton, David Tracy Real Estate for Buyers & Sellers (David Tracy Real Estate) about 8 years ago

Lottie, Your husband is a great guy.  The photos say so much ... but your words bring your joy and gratitude to life!  You are living your life fully and enjoying life the way it is designed to be enjoyed.  YOU ROCK!   Happy Thanksgiving.

Posted by Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist, Probate Real Estate (KD Realty - 408.972.1822) about 8 years ago

Laura, "meeting" new people here on Active Rain is the best, isn't it?

Anna, I think we need to have an Active Rain Active Meet Up sometime!

Sussie, lace up those walking shoes and share some of your walks/hikes with us--there's a whole group of people here on AR who love to hike/run/walk.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 8 years ago

Kathleen, as we both know life is not without challenges and setbacks, but those make it sweeter than ever. I'm happy to work hard, but it's equally important take time to enjoy the people and activities that refresh, and focus on the beauty and joy that surround us.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) about 8 years ago