Retracing my steps

After spending Sunday inside (as wonderful as leading the beginners’ sitting at Zen Center was), I was keen to get outdoors on Monday morning. The weather did not seem to be co-operating. The forecast, though barely reliable in such changing conditions, indicated potential thunderstorms rolling in; the view from my windows, though not always reliable due to the low-lying location of the house, indicated fast-moving heavy clouds. A long bike ride didn’t seem to be a sensible option, much as I would have liked one.
The interesting detail for me was that the clouds were, unusually, moving down from the north west. Something about it made me grab my camera and a coat, and walk the few blocks up to Kite Hill, which I know to have good views across to the business end of the city.
Once up on the slopes, with a few relaxed neighbours and their dogs, I was happy to get a clear view of the weather, but then had an urge to get even higher. Twin Peaks beckoned, a short distance away, up steep streets and many staircases. I was very glad I made the effort.
At the top there were just a few hardy souls; I chatted with a student who had never been up there before, despite having lived in the area his whole life. I was wondering if I had ever been up there with a camera. Many times I have done the climb on a bike, and more recently, running, but only once can I remember walking up, and that was also a rather spontaneous decision, in the company of a French friend who was about to leave town.
Those of us who were on the peaks watched the rain moving over to the east, without getting wet ourselves; it was just about as dramatic as the recent times I had been up there, running and riding.
It would have been easy to plot a short downhill course home, but I was noticing the urge to keep going, and so I headed west to Mount Davidson, not really so far away either, to retrace the steps I had taken for my first visit. The rains had moved along, heading south along the bay, behind San Bruno Mountain. I had the place almost to myself except for a couple of people walking friendly dogs.
Once I had worked my way back to Portola, I knew I was done for the morning, and was happy to pick up a bus, even though I didn’t really know where it was going to take me – mostly in the right direction, as it happened, but I took a second bus to get over to the right side of Liberty Hill, back down to the sheltered valley.

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Corona Heights and downtown from Kite Hill

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Towards Hunter’s Point and the bay from Kite Hill

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Rain passes over downtown from Twin Peaks

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Diamond Heights and Hunter’s Point from Twin Peaks

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A shower over the Mission

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Liberty Hill and Bernal Heights from Twin Peaks

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Mount Sutro, Twin Peaks and downtown from Mount Davidson

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Across to San Bruno Mountain from Mount Davidson

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2 thoughts on “Retracing my steps

  1. Love the cloud formations, great roaming stories and amazing All Day-Sit on Sunday, where I experienced a breakthrough, of sort — now bringing all thoughts to present and holding them in the present-time has helped me remain in the present-moment. Thanks for all you do! Deep bows!

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