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Wanderlust Wednesdays: Haight-Ashbury

https://vimeo.com/69580857 Travel time from the mission: About 20-30 minutes on the bus, depends on how crowded the bus is. Ideal trip length: 5 hours. Nice to haves: a tolerance for groups of people with dogs. Directions: Take the 33 from 18th and Valencia and get off on Haight and Clayton, walk to Ashbury.

Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco

Today, a stroll down (upper) Haight is more of an exercise in consumerism and dodging tourists than anything else, but there's still something in the air--besides the smell of pot--that reminds you of its hippie history. I always get a little claustrophobic when I am over there, and I wonder what it would have been like had I been able to stroll 30 or 40 years ago. I probably would have felt the same, but maybe I would be a little less uptight about it.

Wander over sometime to experience what it's like today. It's so close if you live in the city, and worth a stop if you are in town for a visit.

Have you been to Haight-Ashbury? What did it remind you of?

02 The Dead on Haight, 1967 by Herb Greene

Ohio to San Francisco, 1967 by Herb Greene

Ohio to San Francisco, 1967 by Herb Greene

Drogstore Cafe (view from Masonic) 1398 Haight Street. 1967. Now Magnolia Pub & Brewery. San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library

Golden Gate Park, 1967 Dennis L. Maness Summer of Love Collection, San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library