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First off, excellent trip report.
My son attends SFSU and lives right on Haight Street a couple of blocks from Buena Vista Park. Pretty sketchy from a parental point of view. He's a pretty sharp kid, we're confident he'll be alright. I'm actually glad the area is becoming gentrified.
I appreciate that you listened to what your body and mind were telling you and adjusted your trip accordingly.
The next time I do the Lost Coast I'll do an out-and-back from the far northern end at Matolle. That's my favorite part.