From Sutro to Shining Sutro
Froze my ass off Sunday when it was surprisingly sunny and I foolishly thought it wouldn’t be that windy on top of Twin Peaks. (Hint: very windy.) But hey, got a decent Sutro to Sutro panorama from the top of the north peak. (Click to zoom, 7000 pixels wide)
(The panorama got a little wonky pointing towards the sun — I was blinded and struggling to keep my balance thanks to the 30 mph gusts (the lengths I go for art). Anyway, the east side of the south peak got cut off, whoops, but it was cold. But if you zoom in you can see the crazy bastard who was sitting up there the entire time.
Hey, did you know that the south peak is supposedly called “Noe Peak” and the north is “Eureka Peak”? Me neither.
Hey, did you also know that the two peaks are actually different types of rocks? The north peak is our old friend Franciscan Complex chert (Early Cretaceous and (or) Late Jurassic) and south is Franciscan Complex volcanic rocks (Jurassic). (But don’t worry, the very very top of the south peak is chert. GO CHERT!)
View from the top (north up). Red is chert, purple is Franciscan Complex Volcanic (hey, good name for a band!)
And from the view most familiar to most readers, looking to the west:
(And now we know why the Spanish called them Los Pechos de la Chola.)
Another shot got both towers of the Golden Gate Bridge fully lit (i.e. not shaded by a cloud).
Nice (though this is obviously a better shot).
So it has come to my attention that the individual names for each Twin Peak, are, well, rather uninspiring. My initial thoughts:
- “Giants Peak” and “Seals Peak”
- “BART Peak” and “Muni Peak”
- “Gavin Peak” and “Willie Peak”
(OK, maybe not those last pairs.)
Please add your suggestions to the comments, and I will make a poll when we get a critical mass of names.