An Encounter with a Coyote

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Photo at the top of Bernal Heights, shot with the iPhone 7 Plus.

On my way to watch the sunrise this morning, I saw a coyote walking around in the middle of the road. There was a woman curiously chasing them around. She introduced herself to me, sharing some basic guidelines around coyote interaction and safety. If you want to learn more about Coyotes in San Francisco, check out Janet Kessler’s blog.

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Screenshot from my Facebook Live stream of the Coyote.

I’m kind of bummed that I didn’t bring my camera along with me this morning—it could have been a great photo opportunity. Instead, I shot a Facebook live video.

According to my conversation with Janet, coyotes were hunted for such a long time that they virtually disappeared from San Francisco; however, in recent years they’ve come back and repopulated. The coyotes roam along the streets, often chasing and stopping cars. People typically feed them, which encourages this unusual behavior.

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Panoramic photo of the sunrise from Bernal Heights.

As the coyotes return, Janet explained to me that everyone in San Francisco will need to find a way to co-exist with them without feeding them, similar to raccoons or skunks.

Here are some tips from her website:
• Never feed them
• Don’t approach them
• Walk on and don’t linger
• Keep dogs leashed
• Don’t let cats roam free

And here are some photos from her website so you can get a closer look at the coyotes.

Electric Bike Tour around SF and Sausalito with Annie and Julia

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Riding across the Golden Gate Bridge, covered in fog.

Wow, so I am so behind on blogging. Like, I have photos from months ago that I haven’t shared. Anyway, I’ve gotta get better about posting more content more frequently.

Anyway, I wanted to share some photos of when Annie and Julia came to visit me in SF. I had tried out some electric bikes before, but this was the first time I actually went for a real ride–we ended up riding around Embarcadero, Presidio, across the Golden Gate Bridge, and all the way to Sausalito.

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Julia getting some Blue Bottle coffee before the bike ride.

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Photo of Annie perfecting her coffee, since it wasn’t quite right.

Side note, I’m not a huge fan of Blue Bottle. I love their logo, but their coffee is just too bitter for me. If you ask me, I’m more of a Philz Coffee kind of guy.

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Photo of Annie and Julia watching the safety video at Blazing Saddles.

When we got to Blazing Saddles, they made us watch a video about the tour, and then they let us try different bikes. At the time, I really wanted to try out a Stromer, but the only models they had were really old ones. They had one really new model on display, and I wanted to rent that one, but they gave me some old beat up model. Fortunately, I spoke to the owner and they straightened everything out. We ended up renting their own home made electric bikes, and they were actually really impressive.

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Video of the tour.

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Photo of Annie in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.

A thick fog rolled in in a matter of minutes, and we could hardly see anything when we were on the bridge. It was a little unnerving, not to mention really cold. I think we were all underdressed on this bike tour.

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The fog rolling over the mountains. As you can see, there was hardly any visibility.

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Annie looking at a whole ‘lotta fog.

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Every once and a while, you could see the top of the bridge.

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Looking up at the bridge scaffolding. Notice the fog wrapping around the top, carried by a brisk wind.

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Fog completely engulfing the bridge. We were lucky just to see the top of the scaffolding from time to time.

I wasn’t joking about the fog. It was literally rolling across the entire bay in a matter of minutes. The fog was carried by a strong brisk wind, with strong gusts.

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Photo of the bikes we road, built by Blazing Saddles.

I have to say that the bikes built by Blazing Saddle were exceptional. They were comfortable, easy to ride, and most importantly provided enough assist on even the toughest hills. The the best part was that they had plenty of power–we literally road for hours and had plenty of juice left by the end of the ride.

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Photo of Julia and Annie preparing to ride towards Sausalito.

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The fog was quite a marvel as it rolled across the bay and bridge.

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Fog rolling over the top of Sausalito.

One of the most breath taking scenes was observing how the fog would blanket the side of the hills around Sausalito. The fog would cascade over tree tops like a waterfall over rocks.

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Photo of Sausalito.

The sun started setting when we got to Sausalito, so we enjoyed the view and prepared to head back on a ferry.

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The main street that runs along Sausalito.

While this neighborhood looks upscaled and nice, I will warn all cyclists that the drivers around here are a little reckless. Watch out for the crazies, because they sure don’t give a damn about cyclists on the road.

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Another photo of Sausalito.

I can’t help but to think how much my dad would love this part of town. There’s something about it that feels small, but upscale. It reminds me a lot of Reedville, VA (but a rich version in California).

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Catching our ferry back to San Francisco.

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Photo of Annie and Julia, with Sausalito in the background.

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The sun setting, with an incredible reflection in the bay.

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Bikes stacked tightly on the ferry.

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Returning our bikes to Blazing Saddles.

They had a nice warm welcome when we returned. I have to say that Blazing Saddle offered a really good experience and I would definitely go there again to rent a bike (if I needed one).

Annie and Julia will be back soon, and I have a sneaking suspicion that we’ll be doing this again. Only this time, I have my own personal electric bike that I can use.

Sunset from Bernal Heights

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Photo of an amazing sunset from Bernal Heights.

I was able to get home a little earlier and catch the sunset earlier this week, on my bike ride home.

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Photo of my ebike next to Bernal Heights.

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Photo of the sunset, shot with the iPhone 7 Plus.

This is a great reminder for me to get outside and enjoy the view.

Helping Sol Move

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Photo of Sol and Mochi exhausted after moving his furniture from one apartment to another.

This past weekend I helped Sol move. He doesn’t have that much stuff, but it’s crazy to see how much energy it takes to move just a few things. Moving is a bitch. Hah!

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Sol’s new apartment.

Sol’s new apartment is pretty nice—it’s got plenty of natural light, an open space, and a small balcony. I’m really happy for him. He got a great deal, and think he needed to change things up a little.

New Bike and First Ride to Sausalito California

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Photo of my new bike, Evo HB1 Disc, using a Bionx D500.

I took my e-bike out for a 40 mile ride yesterday around San Francisco and Sausalito. I’m happy to say that the bike had just enough juice to get me there and back.

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I think if my ride had no stops, I could have easily gotten 50 miles out of the battery. On the other hand, if I maxed out the electic assist, I probably would have only gotten 25 miles.

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Screenshot of the path I took from Bernal Heights to Sausalito.

Truth be told, I actually made my way up to Mill Valley (a couple miles north of Sausalito). I always wanted to check out some of the scenic paths in Richardson Bay.

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The tidal action of Richardson Bay is very important to the plants and animals that live in and around the bay shore. The profile of the shoreline can be divided into zones that are affected by different tidal heights. Plants and animals that can surviv for longer periods of time exposed to air, wind and sunlight are located at higher elevations. Others must live at lower elevations where they will be covered by water for longer periods of time. The birds that rely on the bay shore for their food and shelter are also influenced by the effects of the tides. Each bird has adapted its foraging technique to the particular kinds of food that it eats. Some ducks dive for fish, others dabble for algae and invertebrate. Many shore birds have long legs and long beaks to probe the mud in shallow water, while others have short legs and short beaks and look for food along the tide line.

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Photo of the sun setting over San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.

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Photo of my e-bike’s computer, showing 40.1 miles travelled, with little battery remaining.

Good thing I had just enough juice to get home. Whew.

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Photo of my e-bike in Sol’s lobby.

On a side note, I’ve been commuting with an e-bike for the last week, and it’s been a great experience. No more sitting with homeless people in public transportation or incompetent uber pool drivers. Okay, that’s a generalization, but I’ve come to a conclusion that it’s way more enjoyable to commute via bike.

Sunrise from My Room

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Photo of San Francisco from my room in Bernal Heights. Shot with the iPhone 7 Plus.

I woke up this morning and the sunrise was just absolutely fantastic. Now that I have my bike, I might have to ride up to the top of Bernal Heights park and snap some time lapse videos.