the presidio: Summer Fun in San Francisco-getting to know The Presidio - 07/23/19 04:26 PM
Getting to know The Presidio in San Francisco is a year-round treat, but never more so than in summer. 
My top 5 summertime activities here include:
Learn some of the history. The Officer's club, open free of charge 6 days a week (closed Monday) has a wonderful small museum offering a glimpse of native American life in the area, early Spanish and Mexican life here, and when the Presidio was an active US Army post. You'll find art exhibits on the gallery walls, and a long-running exhibit, "Exclusion" detailing the Presidio's role in the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Sit for … (21 comments)

the presidio: The joys of a San Francisco Stay-cation - 07/14/18 04:13 PM
Whether you live in San Francisco or are visiting here from elsewhere in the world, getting to know The Presidio is a not-to-be-missed adventure. Established in 1776 as a military garrison it was deemed no longer needed by the US Army in 1994, given to the National Park Service, and then to the Presidio Trust to manage, which they have done and continue to do in a exemplary manner as you can read in this recap of the history of the Presidio Trust.
Here you'll find great diversity in the 1,500 acre parkland. Wander the hiking trails and pathways with gorgeous views of … (24 comments)

the presidio: Memorial Day, National Cemetery, Presidio of San Francisco - 05/27/18 02:32 PM
Memorial Day weekend, and time once again to share this poignant poem which is engraved on a plaque above the National Cemetery in San Francisco's Presidio:
The Young Dead Soldiers, by Archibald MacLeish
The young dead soldiers to not speak.
Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses:
who has not heard them?
They have a silence that speaks for them at night
and when the clock counts.
They say: We were young. We have died.
Remember us.
They say: We have done what we could
but until it is finished it is not done.
They say: We have given our lives but until it is finished
no one can know what our lives … (18 comments)

the presidio: Where do you find your stress relief? - 04/15/18 05:22 PM
April 15 -- tax day! Even though this year income tax returns don't need to be postmarked today, just hearing the word, "April 15" can make the blood pressure rise. Add to that the extremely fast-moving real estate markets we're experiencing in many parts of the county, and stress can quickly reach stratospheric levels. 
At times like these the best antidote I have is visiting some of my favorite calming spots. Many of these are in the Presidio of San Francisco, a 30-minute walk from my home, or an even shorter drive. The trail pictured above is one of my favorites--I simply … (24 comments)

the presidio: Memorial Day in San Francisco - 2017 - 05/27/17 11:56 AM
Monday, May 29, 2017 - the day we commemorate Memorial Day
Join veterans, families and the community of San Francisco for the annual Memorial Day commemoration in the Presidio.
Schedule of events:
10:30 am - Grand March - Presidio Officers' Club, 50 Moraga Avenue 11:00 am - program with military dignitaries, guest speakers and music - National Cemetery at the Presidio Noon - 21-gun salute by the US Army's Pacific Training Division - Pershing Square, Main Post After the ceremony, join a guided tour of the cemetery, enjoy a community picnic at the main parade grounds (bring a picnic or purchase food on … (11 comments)

the presidio: Focus on the Beauty - 03/05/17 12:11 PM
Some days one just needs an extra dose of beauty to put the world right again, at least ones own little world. 
The Presidio in San Francisco is a source of beauty, one I never tire of visiting. Sometimes solitude is what I need, just a place to sit and breathe can works wonders; other times laughing and chatting with friends as we climb and descend staircases fills my heart.
Whether it is waves crashing energetically onto the beach and rocks, or a quiet, little-used trail in the woods, I hope you find your own special spots that fit you and your needs perfectly.

the presidio: The Young Dead Soldiers...a poem - 05/30/16 01:32 AM
Memorial Day in San Francisco
The Presidio in San Francisco is now part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area It is also is home to one of our national cemeteries. When exploring the Presidio, hiking or running on the trails, slow your pace when you near the National Cemetery, and take time to reflect on the poignant poem posted at the top of the hill, above the cemetery.
The Young Dead Soldiers, by Archibald MacLeish
The young dead soldiers do not speak.
Nevertheless, they are heard in the still houses:
who has not heard them?
They have a silence that speaks for them … (7 comments)

the presidio: 2015 Memorial Day in the Presidio, San Francisco - 05/21/15 02:39 AM
Memorial Day in San Francisco
Memorial Day - this holiday weekend will find many of us taking the first camping trip of the summer, joining friends and family on picnics, heading to concerts, street fairs, etc.
If you are in San Francisco on Monday, 5/25, the day we celebrate Memorial Day in 2015, a visit to the Presidio seems fitting. Head to the Main Post, where a parade begins at 10:30 AM, lead by the 191st Army band, ending about 30 minutes later with a 21-gun salute in honor of those we're remembering this weekend. At 11:00 in the National Cemetery the formal … (13 comments)





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