RIP my Ricoh GR III which is finally giving up. It fell out a few months ago when I went over a cable ramp from some construction with my stem caddy open. That busted the image stabilization. Now the motherboard battery seems to be going. So this post includes some of the last photos taken with it. I may not replace it because I don’t like how unrepairable they are. Anywho, let’s look at some coyotes!!
This one was howling for a long while by a road in Golden Gate Park. It didn’t seem disturbed by all the passing humans, which is unfortunate.
If you are comfortable doing so, we encourage you to “haze” the coyote, which means trying to scare the animal off by making loud noises, waving your arms, and appearing as large as possible. Hazing a coyote does not put you at risk of being hurt by the coyote and is an effective way of restoring an individual animal’s natural fear of humans.
And this one on the left was running through JFK Promenade — hi sweet pupper ❤️.
By the way, cars are the number one cause of death for coyotes in San Francisco. Another reason for more car-free areas, especially in the park.1
In speaking of wildlife in the park, there’s this one heron that hangs out around Metson Lake a lot.
And the bison! Which you get a much better look at from the north side of the paddock than the south. This one is scratching itself on the tree 😭. Sorry for the fencing, not much you can do.
Near the end of the month we were treated to a perfectly misty vibe on our favourite Golden Gate Park trails. The trails are so comfortable right now. They’re soft and tacky from the rain — they feel better than riding on the road. I wonder how much of that is because there’s nothing but sand dunes under a little bit of soil.
I love the park so much.
We’ve been on the north side trails of Golden Gate Park a lot lately. We’ll exit them by the Dutch Windmill2 and hop across JFK to cut through this cute path to the old streetcar right-of-way. This gets us back to the car-free road part of the park or the south side trail network.
Everything was covered in condensation and mist this day. It was the best.
Great Highway Park
Our Christmas Eve plans stayed outdoors since a bunch of us were sick. But we did our classic park and Great Walkway out-and-back. I did this on my new Brompton (“N Judah Explore”) which was its longest ride so far! We got a great sunset that day.
My Brompton was photobombed/blessed by the cutest dog.
Ben gave the Brompton a shot. There was someone else riding a blue and silver one up and down, too. I’ve noticed a lot more of them around since owning one.
Obligatory “parked”-mode vanity photo in the middle of the park.
These were from before Christmas Eve but while we’re at Ocean Beach.
Look at that new Bridgestone BB-1 though.
Kat and I rode around Lake Merced one Friday. That one little single track loop at Lake Merced is so fun.
We also checked out Fort Funston while we were over there.
The Lake Merced Quick-Build has started and we rode the completed bit of two-way bike lane just because. It’s nice to see concrete for once. Even though it probably isn’t high enough for the speeds vehicles travel here.
It had been a while since I took a little ride up here.
I love riding in the rain. Goldberg fucking hates the rain but he gets lots of treats for it and he looks so cute in his rain jackets.
Cars are so dang ugly. I’d take so many more street photos if it weren’t for parking.
We had a good time in the Presidio at the start of the month.
My favourite oak-lined path.
Riding behind the N Judah is kind of magical when it whips around into the tunnel.
Bay Nature has a great article on tracking coyotes in San Francisco. ↩︎
Dutch Reach? Dutch Windmill? Why do these all sound a way? ↩︎