Kit urged me out of bed this afternoon and away from a tv full of Sci-Fi with promises of beautiful day adventures. We went to eat at a so-so new burger place on 20th ave and Geary. From there we trekked the way up to the Cliff House and Sutro Baths. We watched a hawk catch the wind and hover high in the air in one spot for 10 minutes or so until it spotted potential prey and just sort of let itself drop. A couple of minutes later it came up with tasty snake snack and perched on the side of the hill to enjoy.
After we climbed each wall and sat in every picture perfect place in the Baths we decided to follow a path that led to and through the trees. In my ignorance of San Francisco sights and highlights, I had no idea we were headed for an amazing trail
along the cliffs of the coast line that leads to Eagle Point at Lands End. The walk was amazing. So many stunning views
. Being surrounded by so much nature one can actually forget how close to civilization you are. I was quite stunned when I came around one bend and ended up less than 15 feet from a very large coyote. I had no clue that there were any wild coyote left anywhere near San Francisco let alone running around in the parks. By the heft of its body, I thought it looked kind of coy, but Kit said that is the normal build of coyotes in the North West. I am used to a bit smaller and reddish to the coat of the Coyotes in Arizona. It was practically wolf like. It took off into the trees, but I noticed it didn't go too far and was watching us from the brush. Probably hoping we would leave quicker so it could raid the garbage cans near by undisturbed.
As we walked and climbed we would round bends into what seemed completely different ecosystems till we finally came to the strangest land of all - the mansions at Lands End. Talk about a completely different universe. "Houses" bigger than towns I have been to
. And quieter than any graveyard. We walked the twisty roads till finally found our way out of the strange world we stumbled into.
3 1/2 hours after we began our walk turned impulsive adventure, sweaty, stinky, and disheveled (not that we were that sheveled before we left) we treated ourselves to a lovely dinner India Clay Oven before heading home for an evening of space porn