Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mori Point

One of the natural areas of the GGNRA is Mori Point, along the coast in the city of Pacifica. It's undergoing a rehabilitation to promote native plant species. When Rob, John and I checked it out yesterday, the Coast Guard was conducting practice operations, landing two of its helicopters on the hilltop.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Presidio Bike Tour in the works

Name that Presidio District!

My plans for a bicycle tour of the Presidio really started rocking today. If you'd like to join me for a preview tour, come out on Father's Day, June 21. If you'd like to join other members of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition for the Official ride, watch your Biker Bulletin for a later date.

Likely stops: The Spire, Infantry Terrace, Disney Museum, Lombard Gate, Battery East bike trail, Native Plant Nursery, Public Health Service Hospital District, Mountain Lake.
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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Next show: Let's Get LOUD!

Our annual Pride concert is coming up in at the end of June for 2 nights. Check the LGCSF website for details and tickets!
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Monday, May 18, 2009

Mount Sutro excursion

Alerted by UCSF to restoration plans under public review, I visited Mt. Sutro last week with a map in hand.

The public image the open space preserve at Mount Sutro, owned and managed by UCSF, has been that it's covered with planted eucalyptus trees, many overtaken by ivy, resulting in a dank and boring monoculture.

In reality, the paths across the mountain are underused, but have interesting features, like these great mineral specimens of San Francisco serpentine.

Several species of ferns abound, including these growing from a tree trunk.
Also, some major work in recent years has opened up some space to a greater diversity of plants, such as these natives in the Rotary Meadow area.

The new work will be propelled by FEMA grants, and will be designed to reduce the fire hazard of eucalyptus forests growing on steep slopes within yards of residential neighborhoods. 
The projects will take place in two areas: one just west of Edgewood Avenue and the other north of Crestmont Drive. According to the letter from UCSF, the slopes will be planted with California Buckeye, Pacific wax myrtle, Pacific Madrone, toyon, California coffeeberry, Monterey cypress, and coast redwood.

A great trail map is available online from Pease Press to guide people who want to explore Mt. Sutro. 
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Richmond to Vallejo Ride

I started out from Richmond BART station today, hoping to ride my bike across the Carquinez Strait on the Al Zampa Memorial Bridge. After making it past the refineries north of Rodeo, I saw these goats along San Pablo Ave and stopped at a small pullout. Then I ended up taking took a panorama series.

At the vista point on the south side of the bridge, they've planted native species around the parking lot. Naturally, they really need to be weeded. This billboard for Chase has the obligatory bicyclist. 
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I made it across the bridge! From here it's on to Vallejo for a fast ferry ride back to San Francisco.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Oregon, April 2009

The beautiful Painted Hills were an amazing stop on our Oregon trip last month.
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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Smoother Market Street

Market Street could be the most important street for cycling in San Francisco. Yet the potholes and bumpy surface are really lousy. Thanks to the SFBC's Good Roads campaign, things have been looking up. Last night, we brought a card and some donuts and thanked DPW's Road Crew for working night shifts, in the rain, to get some bumpy stretches of Market Street re-paved.  

Monday, May 04, 2009

My friend's new book

My friend Howard Miller has a new book called You're Full of Shift. It's a funny title, and the book is full of short stories about the times throughout hs life when he made a shift in his thinking and how that helped him create a better situation or outcome. Howard also has a business that offers training and public speaking. I recommend checking out the book for some helpful ideas and a lot of laughs!