A garage. A beautiful one with the vehciles having a picture window to peer out of. Photo by Lydia Chávez

It is 7:41 a.m, 54° and headed to 67°. Details for today and the next ten days are here.

Today’s block: Minna to Natoma, 15th to 14th Streets.  I got up too early, setting out at just after 6 a.m. because I wanted to walk the 12 blocks down to 16th Street and hunt around for a block in the northern reaches of the Mission.

I kept thinking it would get lighter, but even when I took my last photo at a little before 7 a.m., it was still kind of dark outside. Lesson: You can get started at 7 and still catch the Mission Waking up – at least until Day Light’s Savings time ends.

My block found me because when I saw the sign for Minna, it reminded me that it is a street I more associate with downtown and galleries, and here it is, ending in the Mission.

I haven’t been out in awhile because others are signing up, which is lovely because it is a special experience.  I wish I could translate exactly why in a way that inspired you to do it as well because it is an experience once had, you want to share.   There is this sense of discovery and surprise; memories and ideas flood the mind in pleasurable ways.

Details on how to access such pleasure are here. You can see all of the photo essays here.

Lydia Chávez

I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor at Berkeley’s J-school since 1990. My earlier career was at The New York Times working for the business, foreign and city desks. As an old...

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