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Marilyn S.


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Ms. Straka has had a successful and varied 30-year career in computers.
While continuing to work fulltime, ten years ago Ms. Straka embarked on a second career. She was able to take her organizational and project management skills and apply them to her passion: enriching the lives of seniors and the disabled. She has created a small independently-owned business called On The Level San Francisco. This is a walking tour company featuring "San Francisco Without the Hills". She leads guided walks, presents ‘virtual’ tours through slide shows and has also published seven self-guided walks featuring intriguing neighborhoods and parks. All routes are accessible for walkers and wheelchairs with no hills or steps. Her award winning walks have claimed national media attention. While her walks appeal to people with a variety of interests and abilities (including a new offering of stairway walks!), her immediate goal is to make older adults and the disabled community aware of her walks.


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Barbara E.
Barbara E. for Tour the Rooftop Gardens

Marilyn will delight you with her seemingly endless knowledge of San Francisco's rooftop gardens and the rich history of downtown high rise buidings. I was in a group of 4 and we walked just under 2 miles over about 2.5 hours. It was a lot of fun and I would recommend it to tourists and locals.

Juliann L.
Juliann L. for Tour the Rooftop Gardens

The tour was a great way to see the city from another perspective. As a native San Franciscan, I've passed by these buildings my whole life without even realizing they had gardens on the roof! Marilyn also knew great historical facts about the city and had great little stories that made me look at downtown in a completely different way. She's a very pleasant guide and knows her stuff!