Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mount Sutro Saturday

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I took a long walk yesterday afternoon with my friend, David, up Mount Sutro via stairways behind the UCSF Parnassus Campus. We hiked to the summit and then down along the terraces above Cole Valley to Tank Hill.
Near the summit by stone formations called The Fairy Gates is a Buddhist shrine in a rock hollow.

a mountain shrine

When people think of San Francisco as impossibly urbanized and constraining, a walk like this one is a good reminder that it is also a garden place; a peninsula of mountains, hills, lakes, hidden streams, endless ocean vistas, meadows, groves, ravines and conopied pathways.

Californian Meadow

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