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    Hike Our Most Hidden Watershed

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    On the west side of Twin Peaks near 7th avenue, there exists a watershed, which used to be one of San Francisco's major reservoirs. This area has been through a lot over the years. Sewers flow underneath the deteriorating concrete bottom; Muni Metro trains run below the creek. During this tour, you'll examine the secret backwoods of the watershed where no official trails go! You'll stumble upon some renegade trails that have been appearing, but for the most part, this area remains secret. Learn about the tumultuous past of this area as you discover more about the undeniable link between nature and the growth of San Francisco.
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    Divisadero Natural History Walk

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    This may be the shortest Thinkwalk offered, but it will definitely have a long-lasting impact on your view of San Francisco. You'll stop by Alamo Square Park, which is actually an outcrop of rock jutting up through a vast dune field. Like all of San Francisco's bedrock, water will spring up through the fissures, even at the hilltops! Learn about this phenomenon as you explore the neighborhoods in the vicinity. You'll find out what areas used to be lakes along Divisadero, springs along Fulton, and ridges along Hayes. This is a historic nature tour that will give you vast insight into the transformation of San Francisco over the years.
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    Transportation History Bicycle Ride

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    Bring a bike for a relaxing ride through Golden Gate Park, a canvas on which the city's ambitions were sketched -- a place where many ideas were tested. The city's history exactly matches the 160 years of transportation revolutions. You'll see where a major railroad came right into the park, where the suspension bridge was first tried, where driver licenses were invented, and more! Between short stretches of riding, you'll stop by Brooklyn Bridge in SF, the Northwest Passage, and even an abandoned 12th-20th century castle. Be prepared for excellent in-depth discussions of the city's history! This tour is sure to satisfy your inner history aficionado.
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    Wiggle Walk

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    Ever heard about the Wiggle? No, not the children's singing group, but a zig-zagging bike route that runs from Market Street to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. During the Wiggle Walk, you'll learn about the history of this twisted route, which will give you further insight into the history of San Francisco as a whole. You'll learn about geology, activism history, water, native tribes, and more! The eccentric history of the Wiggle is one you don't want to miss out on. Imagine: there used to be a spring in the area that catalyzed the growth of the city. There was also a green rocky mountain whose top was chopped off -- twice. Now what's up with that? Find out first-hand through this interactive, in-depth tour!
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    Social Justice Murals Walk

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    Sometimes all you need is a good walk in a beautiful place to get your brain tuned to what matters most in this world. San Francisco allows you to do just that on this Social Justice Thinkwalk. You could wander on your own, or you can take this ThinkWalk through the Mission's famous mural areas, as your guide regales you with insight, history and street stories. The discussion is deeply informed by research into how the Native American lineage of art came to San Fran and how street culture adopted it. This Thinkwalk will provide you the perfect frame to grasp your learnings on the history of social justice in America.
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    Mission District: Water Walking

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    Why is the Mission of San Francisco called "Dolores"? On this fascinating tour, you will explore treks along water routes where creeks once flowed, before the city grew up. Some are still flowing, hidden to the untrained eye. As you walk along, you'll delve into both practical and political sides of local drinking water, sewers, wells, hydrants and reservoirs. This extensive, interactive history lesson covers sinking hotels, lagunas, arroyos, Chula Alley, and a brutally incorrect bronze plaque. You'll find out how this place came to be a population center; and coolest of all, you will finally debunk San Francisco's founding lore -- "Founded on a now-vanished freshwater lake" -- and see how that myth came into being. With so much water everywhere, you'll be awash in history.
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