Wednesday, October 30, 2013

the labyrinth at the end of the world, said Princess Haiku

I recently wandered into the Land's End labyrinth that sits below a hillside along the Sutro Park Trail in San Francisco and faces the Golden Gate Bridge. The beauty of this labyrinth and landscape enchants the mind. I had heard about Land's End Labyrinth years ago but had long given up finding it. I was delighted to see vibrant and happy people walking the labyrinth.

I live in the San Francisco East Bay and the walking trails of SF are unknown to me. This particular day had begun with a visit to Sutro Park to see the statue of the Goddess Diana (a replica of the original in the Louvre) that sits in a small grove of trees. I noticed small notes and candles tucked into the base of the Statue. Suffice it to say that a Dianic Cult is alive and flourishing in this park.

Nearby are the ruins of the Sutro Bathhouse and I wandered along a path through it and ended up on a trail alongside the bay providing spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I lost myself in the fluttering of white sailboats, moving in and out of fog and sunlight.

 the Land's End Labyrinth was created by Eduardo Aguilera and follow this link to the official website of the Labyrinth.

Perched on a small plateau off the main Coastal Trail, the labyrinth in San Francisco's Lands End is an inviting outdoor creation: a simple strolling circuit with unmatched views of the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge. Created by Eduardo Aguilera in 2004, the labyrinth feels like it has been part of the landscape for centuries. It's the perfect setting for a solstice stroll. And in the winter, the waves crashing against the cliffs give the place a dramatic mystique. The labyrinth was intended to be a site for meditation and relaxation, but it's also just a lot of fun to walk on a whim. On our last visit—between big rainstorms—there wasn't a soul on the trail. Park at Lands End parking lot behind the Cliff House at Point Lobos Ave and 48th Ave. (map). Walk east on the Coastal Trail and take the offshoot trail to Mile Rock Beach. Descend the stairs. When the staircase turns a sharp left, continue on a trail going straight. The labyrinth comes into view. 

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