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This small box wears some serious camoflague, but should be an easy find; I get great GPS signals up here. You can expect a mild climb, depending upon where you find parking. This is a densely populated urban space, so please leave the cache well concealed, and replace it in the same spot you found it. There are great views of the city – from downtown all the way around to Alcatraz.
This tiny but scenic city park occupies an enviable position high on the eastern slope of San Francisco’s elite Russian Hill. It is named for California’s first Poet Laureate, Ina Donna Coolbrith (1841-1928.) Coolbrith is relatively unknown, but like many women of that era, her legacy is felt today through her influence on others. She was a close friend of many well-known writers of the American west; Bret Harte, Joaquin Miller and Mark Twain all counted Ina among their closest friends. Ina also found time to mentor aspiring writer Jack London, and dancer Isadora Duncan in between publishing her poems in Harper’s and Scribner’s. Coolbrith’s home stood at nearby 1406 Taylor Street, but the flat was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1906, along with all her notes and her unfinished autobiography, which most experts agree would have been an intimate look at the literary giants of the period. These literary friends built Ina a new home on Russian Hill, where she lived out her remaining years. In 1931, San Francisco honored her with this lovely haven above the busy city.
This cache is easy to find compared to finding parking nearby. The park is situated on a ridge, so only a few lucky parking spots offer easy access. Otherwise, you face a steep climb up Taylor Street or the Vallejo stairs; consider it payment for the priceless views you will be treated to.
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