Thursday, August 14, 2008

August 14 - Map Quest and Babylon and On

It's time to buy some U.S. Geological Survey maps from the USGS store in Menlo Park, to wit:

Montara Mountain


Lake Fulmor
San Jacinto Peak

The first lost on one of the coast walks, second a replacement disappeared while traveling in the San Bernardinos, and the rest new for hikes in Riverside County.

Beyond, on California 92 it's up and over the I-280 ridge,

past Crystal Springs reservoirs south and

north (moving at a fast clip),

up into the Santa Cruz Mountains

in multiple curvaceous ridges,

descending via roadcuts and call boxes toward Half Moon Bay in the fog (not visible...yet...).

After seemingly 58 degrees near the water, the warming and clearing begins in Marin, and by the time the Gates of Hell are reached (a.k.a. Paradise Valley on a warm day), back up to a toasty 92, perfect for orchestrating pages 8 and 9 (first two pages of II. Behold, they are one) from Babel.