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Friday Slide Show: Twin Peaks in Winter Share This on LinkedIn   Tweet This   Forward This

10 January 2020

Among the blessings we count are the hills surrounding us. In the middle of the city, you can walk for an hour without seeing a sidewalk or a fire hydrant or a utility pole.

Last year Twin Peaks got a little attention with new signage and groomed paths with stairways that not only make it easier to get up the hill but also protect the rest of the hill from the wear and tear of hiking.

Still, it's a city. And we were disappointed to find the new signage defaced when we walked up the the hill Monday. Sooner or later it will be cleaned. Meanwhile it's a monument to the lesser minds among us.

That doesn't spoil the experience of climbing a few hundred feet to look over the Pacific Ocean or south to San Jose or east to Mount Diablo or north to Tamalpais. Or even just at your feet to downtown.

Today's slide show takes you on that walk but with a different perspective than past slide shows of Twin Peaks.

It's winter for one thing. So our eye was on the details even as we scanned the views. Some plants have withered, others have bloomed, still more have changed imperceptibly.

Then there's the chert that forms the peaks. It does crumble but it's rock. Once sediment from the ocean, it piled on top of the land mass, creating these hills. We're talking between 100 and 200 million years ago.

At the top of Eureka Peak, the northern one, we stood on that 200 million year old chert as we caught our breath on a gorgeous day and took a few photos.

And counted our blessings.

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