The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps Project: A Timeline
2003: When Jessie Audette lived in Brazil, she spent five years witnessing the slow completion of Chilean artist Jorge Selaron’s mural, a tiered decoration of 215 steps. She remembered that experience when she moved to San Francisco and saw the 163 steps at 16th Avenue and Moraga. Feeling the muse nudging her, she saw a blank a canvas in the steps’ bare, cement rises and began to organize a project to beautify them with her friend and neighbor, Alice Xavier.
Later in 2003: The project gained some steam through an alliance of forty area residents and a neighborhood association. With a little money and newly bestowed titles of Project Organizers, Jessie and Alice began selecting artists to design the project. Eventually, they selected Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, both professionals experienced in working alongside a community.
2004: They spent this year fundraising, permit seeking, and, most excitingly, purchasing materials. By the end of 2004, the project had all the tiles it needed thanks to Jessie’s and Alice’s shopping sprees and plenty of donations from community members. One of those donations came from an Italian ceramicist from Caltagirone, Italy who created a unique tile to commemorate sisterhood between the two metropolises (Caltagirone has its own set of mosaic steps).
2005: As the project gained momentum, local business hopped on board to help pay for the actual installation of the enormous mural. Construction began in July, and finished a mere one month later, thanks to the efforts of artists, workers, businesses, and almost 300 neighbors. The ribbon cutting ceremony featured food, music, and dancers. The Mayor even declared it 16h Avenue Tiled Steps Day, an honest-to-goodness local holiday.
2006 and onward: Volunteers continue to come out yearly to sculpt and maintain the sloped and terraced gardens that surround the staircase, an ongoing community effort that commemorates the steps’ creation.
Richard Bothwell has hiked Mount Kilimanjaro, scaled Peru’s Cordillera Blanca, and surfed the waves of four continents. But perhaps his greatest feat was establishing the Outdoor Adventure Club in 1996, where he leads others in conquering nature's challenges. He and a staff of seasoned outdoors enthusiasts escort visitors of all fitness and experience levels in local excursions and international vacations, all centered on exploring the great outdoors. On the local level, the guides lead rock-climbing classes at Castle Rock State Park in addition to hiking, backpacking, whitewater-rafting, kayaking, and skydiving excursions. International adventure vacations expose folks to surfing in Costa Rica, rafting in Patagonia, and mountaineering in Peru. The expeditions marry the camaraderie of a social club with the expertise of professional guides, who are each trained in emergency wilderness care in case of squirrel attacks.
What could be more fun than a fun run? Two fun runs bundled into one, of course. At the Golden Gate 8K Double Adventure Run, the burgeoning new sport of Double Running elevates an ordinary race into the extraordinary with a simple premise: it's a 5K run with a halftime break for recovery, followed by a final 3K trek to the finish line. Here's what to expect from this event designed to challenge and thrill runners of all ages and skill levels.
The course: It begins at historic Crissy Field (near the Presidio) and leads runners along the hills, trails, and jaw-dropping vistas of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Over 80% of the route features picturesque views of the Golden Gate Bridge.
The swag: a t-shirt, bag, and finisher medal
The causes: The race benefits the American Red Cross and JustRun's youth fitness programs.
If you follow Excelsior Urban Hikes' resident guide Christina, it will only take you two hours to see all of San Francisco. That's because it takes two hours to hike to the top of Mount Davidson, which offers stunning views of the city, both bay bridges, and the Pacific Ocean beyond to visitors who reach its summit.
Christina leads hikes down city streets and through nature trails to reveal scenic vistas. Besides Mount Davidson, she often takes groups to McLaren Park, where she points out interesting graffiti and pauses so hikers can take in views of the Outer Mission District. Christina also takes nighttime excursions to the top of Bernal Hill, where hikers can marvel at the sparkling bay lights and a lightening bug with a great stand-up routine.
It's a little known fact that in addition to drinking wine, Dionysus loved to run. Especially when someone would give him a prize afterward. The Dionysus Dash fuses all of of these passions into a 5-kilometer route that weaves through scenic vineyards. Run, jog, or walk—participants can take whatever pace they prefer, and costumes (togas and Greek head pieces) are encouraged. Race organizers keep runners hydrated and hand out prizes to the best male and female competitors, while wine tastings and food vendors add to the festivities.
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