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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Twin Peaks & The Haight

Twin Peaks, stands at an elevation of about 922 feet, second highest in San Francisco. The drive up to the peaks is stunning.Being almost at the geographical center of San Francisco there is no finer place to see the city than atop Twin Peaks. With it’s panoramic views, Twin Peaks should be a must-stop on every tourist’s list.The top of the hill has installation of two tall transmission towers distinctly visible from far away, but once you’re up on the summits, you will barely notice they are there. Twin Peaks also houses the Summit Reservoir, a 14 million gallon water hold. The reservoir was built in 1954, and provides drinking water to residents, water for local fire departments, and is a necessary water source to the birdlife in the area.
We next drove through Castro & Market Place to arrive at Haight Ashbury another prominent district in SF.The Haight Ashbury's elaborately detailed 19th-century multi-story wooden houses became a haven for hippies during the 1960s, due to the availability of cheap rooms and vacant properties for housing in the district. The subculture that subsequently flourished there took root, and to a great extent, has remained to this day.The Haight-Ashbury is named after the intersection of Haight Street and Ashbury Street, commonly known as The Haight.The Haight still evokes images of the long-gone '60s hippie culture. Fragments of that flower-power, incense-burning, acid-dropping, tie-dye-wearing, peace-and-love-vibing era can be purchased at smoke shops and Eastern-influenced outlets bearing names like Dreams of Kathmandu, Pipe Dreams and The Love of Ganesha. But save for a few hippie relics, the Haight today is a whole new scene. Exclusive boutiques, high-end vintage-clothing shops, second-hand stores, Internet cafés and hip restaurants have all settled in, making the Haight one of San Francisco's commercial centres.
Squat 'N' Gobble: Warm and homey, this café serves excellent coffee drinks and satisfying food. Their huge omelletes and sandwiches are filled amply, and nearly everything on the menu comes with a heap of home potatoes. You'll always leave this joint fully gratified. We certainly did.

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