Somewhere in my pile of notebooks, I have a list of things that I need to do before I ever leave San Francisco. "See Alcatraz" was on that list before I finally went a couple of years ago. There are some items on the list that I'm embarrassed to admit I've never done. I am happy, however, that the list is being slowly whittled down.
I've been exploring the city and seeing some of the important sights that I had never stopped to pay attention to before. Some of this is due to a goal that I've undertaken with my neighbor Jenn: we are trying to go on a San Francisco City Guides tour every weekend when possible with our schedules. So far, we've gone on three and are really looking forward to going on more. They're run by volunteers who are really into San Francisco history, and enjoy giving the tours. On every tour, I've learned interesting new facts about SF.
Hands down, my favorite tour so far has been of Dogpatch and Potrero Point. The area is fascinating, and if you're into seeing old rundown buildings like the one pictured above, this would be a great tour for you. City Guides offers too many tours to count and are an excellent way to spend a couple of hours getting to know San Francisco. You can see more pictures of the Dogpatch tour on my Flickr site.