Posts Tagged ‘point’

Well It’s Taken Seven Years, But the Bay to Breakers People and the MSM Agree That Hayes Street Hill is NOT the Highest Point of BtoB

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Now do you want to say that the top of Hayes Street Hill (aka Alamo Heights, aka the Hayes Street Cut, aka just a little bit east of Hayes and Pierce) FEELS like the highest point, well then be my guest, Gentle Reader.

But after you go down Hayes to Fell and Divisadero, you’re back to climbing a long climb until you get to the pass at Prayerbook Cross well into Golden Gate Park. So the “gentle downhill to the ocean” don’t start, as was widely reported, at the HSH, but rather several klicks away in GGP.

I declare victory.

Moving on…

The BtoB peeps were early with the signs telling all about this Sunday’s annual fun-run / community gathering.

See?

That _should_ cut down on the number of towed cars hauled away early Sunday morning, but it might not – we’ll see.

(Oh and the panicky NIMBY millionaires of Alamo Heights appear to be one notch less panicky this year, for some reason. Yay!)

 

A Small Victory: Organizers Finally Recognize Hayes Street Hill is NOT the Highest Point of the Bay to Breakers

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

First things first, let’s prove that the top of the Hayes Street Hill on Hayes Street is not the highest point of the current B to B route.

Here’s a route profile, starting from the SoMA near the bay going all the way to the breakers of Ocean Beach. See that big incline just before mile marker three? That’s the vaunted Hayes Street Hill. 

Via Mishalov.net:

And here’s another shot at it:

And here’s a contour map of the Hayes Street area:

But here’s your winner. It’s the 270-something-foot-high saddle on JFK Drive betwixt Prayer Book Cross and Stow Lake / Strawberry Hill, just underneath where ”KENNEDY” is written:

So that’s it.

From the organizers:

“Under Armour will have a strong race day presence as the official sponsor of the notoriously challenging “Hayes Hill,” awarding prizes to the fastest hill runners from select racing categories.”

(People from around here call it Hayes Street Hill, but otherwise this is fine. The name of the hill itself is Alamo Heights.)

This was what the organizers used to say every year:

“Around the 2.5-mile mark runners climb an 11.15% grade between Fillmore and Steiner, bringing them to the highest point in the race, approximately 215 feet above sea level. The remainder of the course gradually flows downhill alongside the Panhandle and through Golden Gate Park.”

So yeah, the course gradually flows downhill, but only after peaking in Golden Gate Park.

All right, let’s see how the MSM handles this in 2014…

YouTube Video: Mean Great Blue Heron Kills Gophers in Richmond Just for Fun?

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

Sure looks that way:

The Spooky Bull Whip Kelp of Point Reyes – Using a Found Object Creatively in Marin County – Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

This is certainly a creative use of some of the Mapplethorpe-style seaweed that you encounter on the beaches up in Marin County.

Scary, scary Nereocystis luetkeana, aka Mermaid’s bladder:

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The Search for Joseph McHenry, a Former Marine from San Bruno – Today in Pacifica at Mori Point Near Sharp Park Golf Course

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

Today’s search starts at 8:00 AM:

What: Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo), along with his staff, will join a group of Marines that served with Joseph McHenry, a former Marine from San Bruno who has been missing since March 5, in a search on Saturday in Pacifica. On Wednesday, McHenry’s vehicle was found parked in a residential area near Sharp Park Golf Course near Mori Point. A backpack believed to be McHenry’s was found on a secluded beach near the golf course. Anyone with information should call San Bruno Police at 650-616-7100. Anyone who wants to participate in the search should arrive by 8:00 AM.

When: 8:00 A.M., Saturday, March 24, 2012

Where: Mori Point, Pacifica, California

Former Marine Joseph McHenry went missing in Pacifica, CA. The search near Mori Point ended last week. When a group of Marine’s that had been stationed with him in Iraq (with the Amphibious Assault Battalion Bravo Company) found out they organized a grass roots effort of Marine’s on leave to get a search party. Marine’s as far away as NH, OK, TX, Camp Pendleton, CA and other states are paying their way and flying/driving in tomorrow (Friday 23 March) and will search the area from 1300 Friday through Monday Night. It started with a handful of Marine’s and now many of their brother’s in Arms that were not even stationed with Joe are so moved at the show of and dedication to brotherhood that they are joining the search. As of this morning there were over 20 Marines and the numbers are quickly rising. They take seriously the “Leave no Marine Behind”. 

I live near Pacifica and am Active duty Coast Guard. My brother Richard Godfrey was stationed with Joe in Iraq they were both communication specialist. Joe was his mentor. My brother says “Retrieving wounded comrades from the field of fire is a Marine Corps tradition more sacred than life”. The Marine’s goal is to search the last known area to find McHenry regardless of his condition and if he is found in less than favorable circumstances at least he will get a proper funeral and there will be some closure for the people blessed to have him in their lives. When others learned of the efforts of this small group of Marine’s many people have volunteered to help however they could. 

The original search team: Sgt Christopher Lawrence, a communication technician and Purple Heart recipient that lost his leg while deployed with McHenry. Sgt Kyle Parrish an Amphibious Assualtman and certified Combat Hunter. McHenry was his Radioman for the entire Iraq deployment in 2007. And (my Brother) Sgt Richard Godfrey a Communications Technician during the same deployment was mentored by McHenry. 

A PayPal account has been established for anyone that would like to donate to the search efforts. kyleparrishusmc@yahoo.com any unused funds will go to a USMC related charity. All of these junior enlisted Marine’s have taken time off from work and paid their way here. They will be sleeping on floors and couches through Tuesday. I will have a house full of Marine’s tomorrow. The weather will be bad this weekend, but they plan on searching into the night and in the rain. If he can be found, i’m sure they will find him. 

Joe had reported that he would be camping and rock climbing in the Pacifica Area. His car was found locked nearby and a backpack believed to be his was found on the beach. He was last seen March 2 at the 100 block of Quail Point Circle 

San Bruno Police is leading the investigation and can be reached at (650) 616-7100. 

How Many people know someone, much less 20 someone’s that would fly across the country to look for them if they were missing? At least i know i have a Marine for a brother!”

Via Coastodian.Org, Images of the Killer Whale that Washed Up on a Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The Coastodian, run by Richard James* up in Marin County, has some shots of the killer whale that recently washed up at Pt. Reyes National Seashore.

Click on over to see all the photos.

Orca at Point Reyes Beach – ©Richard James Photography 

*Who has a campaign against plastic bottles.

OMG, San Jose Has a Skyline That You Can See From SF – City Hall, Bank of America Building – They’re Just Like Us!

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Well this is the view you can get from Buena Vista Park in the middle of San Francisco.

That’s world-famous* Candlestick Park, Home of the 49ers and the Gold Rush, in the foreground, and in the background camera left is the City of San Jose, California’s third-largest and the Capitol of the Bay Area:

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Now I know what you’re thinking, you’re thinking, “Enhance that image.”

Well here you go, it’s downtown San Jose with all those tall buildings. See? It’s San Jose City Hall, “The 88″ residential building (which is actually only 87 meters high but let’s not dwell** on that), the Bank of America Building (nee Bank of Italy) from 1926, and the “Knight Ridder Building” (per Google Earth, I don’t know what they call it these days).

Oh, and somewhere in the mix there’s also Mineta San José International Airport – Silicon Valley’s Airport and the San Mateo Bridge and the Dumbarton Bridge.***

Anyway, I didn’t know San Jose had a skyline what you can see from the 415.

But don’t look for it to get any easier to spot in the future owing to the fact that that SJC international airstrip is right in the middle of it all and there’s a height limit of 87 meters (I think?) in the area.

So, San Joser has a big, domed City Hall and a tall Bank of America Building and whatnot. They’re just like us!

(Oh, and speaking of the Niners, enjoy our winning football team(s), Santa Clara County.)

*No, not “world-class.” 

**Check it: 

Eighty-eight (88) symbolizes fortune and good luck since the word 8 sounds similar to the word Fā (发, which implies 发财, or wealth, in Mandarin). The number 8 is considered to be the luckiest number of all in Chinese culture and prices in Chinese supermarkets can often be found containing many 8′s (see numbers in Chinese culture). The Chinese government has even been auctioning auto license plates containing many 8s for tens of thousands of dollars. The 2008 Beijing Olympics opened on 8/8/08 at 8 p.m. The shape of the Chinese character for 8 (八) also implies that a person will have a great, wide future as the character starts narrow and gets wider toward the bottom. 88 is used to mean “bye bye”; found in Chinese-language chat, text, SMS, IM. 88 is pronounced in Chinese Mandarin language as “ba ba” (“bā bā” to be precise), simulating the sound of the English language farewell “bye bye”.

And there’s this:

Eighty-eight is used as code among Neo-Nazis to identify each other. H is the 8th letter of the alphabet, so 88 is taken to stand for HH which in turn means Heil Hitler.For example, the number is used in the song “88 rock’n'roll band” by the neo-Nazi group Landser. The late convictedOrder terrorist David Lane wrote “Fourteen Words” and 88 Precepts, and the numbers are often found in combination (1488, 14/88, etc.). This form of the number has inspired the naming of the groups Column 88Unit 88, White Legion 88 and Barselc88. Holocaust museum shooter James von Brunn often signed his writings as “JVB-88.”

***Both of which were featured in the 1992 Robert Redford movie Sneakers. Hurray!

“Redford tries to describe to Strathairn, who is blind, what he heard while in the trunk of a car. He remembers going across a bridge and being in San Francisco it means one of four possible bridges: Golden Gate, Bay Bridge, San Mateo, and the Dumbarton. They rule out the first two and then narrow it down to San Mateo based on the sound and frequency of the seams in the concrete.”

The Top of the Hayes Street Hill and the Part of the Bay to Breakers Course in GGP That’s Even Higher

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Just noticed these numbers on the Hayes Street right next to Alamo Square. (Boy, that’s some long-lasting paint they’re using.)

You’ll notice that the land to the west in the background goes back uphill again, so that’s why the top of the Hayes Street Hill isn’t the highest part of the course, even though that’s what all your authority figures in the corporate and media worlds have been telling you for decades

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And for some reason, people say that Hayes Street tops out at only 215 feet, but that’s way low – it’s not even close, really. But somebody made a mistake years ago and it gets repeated over and over.

Oh well.

The Best Place to See San Francisco is at Hendrik Point at Battery Spencer, Above the Golden Gate Bridge

Friday, August 26th, 2011

And if you’re staying at Cavallo Point, it’s a nice little hike.

The path to Hendrik Point:

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The reverse angle, showing where 4.5 Yelp-star-rated Battery Spencer used to be:

Those people way up there look like little ants, huh?

Know Your Area Lighthouses – Point Bonita in Marin, Complete With Dedicated Tunnel and Brokedown Bridge

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Remember back in the day, back when you could visit the Pt. Bonita Lighthouse? Well, bide your time, cause you’ll be able to go there once again come 2012 after the mini suspension bridge gets fixed.

Actually, the commitment to being back in bidness  is sort of a half-assed promise and it’s coming from the Feds, so give them half a decade or so.

Click to expand, it’ll get big. Five people max on the bridge. And that’s the town of Muir Beach in the background:

Take note:

“NOTE: The tunnel to the suspension bridge/lighthouse is open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:30 – 3:30 pm. However the lighthouse is not accessible due to the suspension bridge closure. Currently the bridge is due to be replaced and open to the public in the Spring of 2012.”

Hey Feds, why not put in a mini Golden Gate Bridge if we have to wait for so long? Thusly:

Oh well. At least they’ll let you walk through the tunnel, occasionally.