Joel’s Fat Lip MortarsThree bedrock mortars in a beautiful picnic siteElevation 776 ft.Thanks to Joel for discovering this special site.We’ve found plenty of mortars with rounded rims in the Bay Area but few whose rims rise above the surface of the surrounding rock and none that rise so dramatically.This rim forms a nearly perfect ring. […]
Minnis Ranch Rock14 bedrock mortars on a workstation rock behind Minnis Ranch in Ed Levin Park.Elevation 778 ft.We’d seen a photograph of this rock in an article, but it took Jeff’s efforts to find the thing.The rock.Note the variety in the shapes of the mortar mouths. If you visit this site, please do not remove […]
Mission San JoseEstablished in 1797 at the Alson village of Oroysom.The mission complex as it appeared prior to its destruction in 1868 by the last great earthquake on the Hayward Fault.Image courtesy of the Bancroft Library.The church and museum at Mission San Jose are open from 10 AM to 5 PM daily except for New […]
North Mission PeakRock alignment. Origin unknown.This is one of the mysterious rock alignments that can be found between Mission and Monument Peaks.Notice how this rock alignment appears to snake up the north slope of Mission Peak.We encountered this beautiful leucistic Red-tailed Hawk, probably a female based on her size, near the rocky trail to the […]
South Mission PeakRock wall on the ridge between Mt. Allison and Mission Peak. Origin unknown.Many rock walls stand on the ridges and slopes between Mission Peak and Monument Peak (located just north of Ed Levin Park). Fly south from this site in Google Earth. Zoom in for a closer look. The walls are there all […]
Above Mission Peak MeadowTwo probable bedrock mortars, one pestle, rock alignments.Elevation 1761 ft.Jeff discovered these mortars a long time ago. We looked and looked but couldn’t locate them. Recently Jeff led an expedition here. The mortars look like they could have formed from rain or fog drip, but Doc Hale, our resident expert, gave them […]
Agua Caliente CreekSeven bedrock mortarsElevation 421 ft.This is another site we searched for in vain during several visits to Mission Peak. Thanks to Jeff (with an assist from Bill) for this excellent find.We’ve been told that the official site report for Agua Caliente Creek mentions four mortar rocks. The three others may lie buried nearby.