Everywhere You Look, er, Walk

I get the majority of my physical activity in by walking.

I know it doesn’t seem like walking is much of a workout, but it can be, depending on how you approach it. For instance, if you walk mostly flat streets in San Francisco, such as Van Ness Avenue or Market Street, it doesn’t require much physical exertion.

However, if you decide to tackle a mountain…

…then it absolutely can be a workout.

Last weekend I was feeling particularly glum. My normal instinct would be to hide inside of my apartment underneath the covers and never ever come out, but unfortunately, it was a work day. Boo. The only way I was able to make it through the day was to think of what I was going to do after quitting time. I had no special plans. No dinners. No movies. Just an intense need for a smoothie. So my plan was to walk over to the Chestnut St. Jamba Juice and get a heavenly smoothie right after work. It’s about a 30 minute walk to this Jamba location from my job, and sure, it would’ve been faster to get on a bus and get one elsewhere, but I just wanted to walk. The entire 30 minute commute was spent debating my order. One of the reduced calorie smoothies? Or an all-juice smoothie? Or should I go classic and get the “Aloha Pineapple” like I used to in high school?

The debate on which item to order….

…was completely in vain.

Seriously?! I was just at this location the week before! Argh!

With no Jamba Juice anywhere in the vicinity, I grabbed an iced tea lemonade at Starbucks and stood around. Now what?

I decided to walk home….the hard way.

(which if you hadn’t guessed, meant walking up that gigantic hill in the first picture)

I had only walked Steiner Street home from work once since I moved back in March of 2009. All I remember from that walk is me thinking to myself, “OMG. I am going to die. I am never going to do this again. Ever.” Truth be told, it wasn’t so bad this time. I find this incredibly peculiar, as I probably weigh about 20 pounds more now than I did when I last walked that hill. I think I’m less fit as well. Strange.

Anyway, when I hit Steiner and Broadway, I spotted a familiar sight:

Not familiar to you? Don’t worry. I took a pretty lopsided shot and it’s been nearly 20 years since you’ve had to think of this house.

It’s the Mrs. Doubtfire house.

After the thrill of seeing the Mrs. Doubtfire house, I knew that I didn’t want to take Steiner Street all of the way home. There was in fact another famous house that I was dying to see. A house that I had always meant to see, but had never found the time for. A house, also made famous 20 years ago.

Which house?

You guessed it.

The “Full House” house.

Now most people screw up their expeditions to see the famous Victorian that the Tanners used to call home. They think that because the Tanners had a picnic at Alamo Square park in the opening credits of the show, that the Tanner’s house is one of the Painted Ladies (pictured above) adjacent to the park.

This, however, is not the case.

The full house Victorian is actually not on Steiner, but on Broderick. 1709 Broderick.

Unfortunately it was nearly dark by the time I had hoofed it to Broderick and Pine. I had to boost the ISO on my point and shoot pretty high, so the photo is quite grainy. Nevertheless, this is the “Full House” house.

My life is complete.

After snapping this shot, I walked the remaining 1.5 miles home. Due to my famous houses detour, the walk was substantially longer than my normal walk home, which is nearly 4 miles to begin with. Between that and the choice to hike up Steiner Street like some kind of mountain goat, I actually felt the burn….

…and a little sad that the 90s have passed.

Are there any highly recognizable buildings where you live?

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6 Responses to Everywhere You Look, er, Walk

  1. elaine! says:

    Awesome!! Who knew there were two famous houses within walking distance of each other? But they didn’t actually film the inside of the Full House house, did they? I always assumed the outsides were stock footage and the inside was a set somewhere.

    Walking in SF is like hiking. When my boyfriend and I first moved there three years ago, he used to eschew the bus for hiking all. the. way. up California from the office to our apartment (which was on, like, Jackson and Leavenworth, I think) … wearing dress pants and a button-up shirt. I’m not sure how much of it was him wanting to get healthy and him being nervous about figuring out the bus system, haha.

    I actually live in a flood plain at the moment, so no hills in this part of Reno.

    • girlinchucks says:

      There are other famous houses around….those are just the ones that were on my agenda!

      And no, they didn’t film inside the Full House house. It was filmed on a set, but 1709 Broderick is the house that they used as the facade of the Tanner home. It looks pretty much the same as it did then, except the door used to be red and it has been repainted black.

      Yikes! California! The 1 California/Cable Car are your friends! 😉

      While there is definitely a hill in my walking everyday, my route decides how much of a hill there is. Sometimes it’s just a little bit of an incline…and then there are the other times! Once I decided it would be a good idea to walk up and over Nob Hill via Taylor Street….in the rain!

      I miss Reno….

      …and its slot machines. lol.

  2. elaine! says:

    I know, right?? I liked to take the bus down and the cable car back up. 🙂 I’ve done the Taylor hike in the rain before too, actually.

    Reno misses you — come on over and boost our economy! Bwahahaha.

    • girlinchucks says:

      I think the Taylor hike is worse on the way down. Since I work near the waterfront, I had to walk up from down town, over the top and then down towards the water. My thighs were -screaming- on the way down! All of the effort it took to not slide down on the wet pavement and roll the rest of the way to work!

      Haha. I want to come, but my co-worker/gambling partner isn’t getting as much back from taxes as he thought, so he’s not sure when he can go. Sadness.

  3. I immediately recognized Mrs. Doubtfire’s house! Squeal!

    I also recognized the “mountain” from when my hubby and I went to Frisco on our honeymoon. What a fun trip that was. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane. 🙂

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