Beautiful weather for walking San Francisco yesterday. The Ferry Building was alive with people enjoying the weather and the farmers’ market.September 24, 2009
Exciting news on the San Francisco waterfront. Pier 29 has received the OK for the development of retail shops and hopefully a recreational area as well. This pier has been vacant and unused for years and is a another step in the revitalization and beautification of the San Francisco waterfront area. There will be shops – most selling homemade San Francisco goods – a wine bar, a coffee roastery, and a craft beer brewery. We are looking forward to a wonderful addition to this exciting and beautiful area.
The 46th Dana Point Festival of the Whales got underway last weekend and lasts through March 12th. It is a celebration of the the migration of the gray whale from feeding grounds in the Bering Sea of Alaska to the birthing grounds in warm waters off Baja California. Undertaking this 5000 mile journey yearly, the whales pass the picturesque California beach town of Dana Point. Located just south of Laguna Beach, Dana Point has been host to this entertaining and educational event for 46 years. First and foremost for a visit is a not to be missed whale watching adventure to observe the majestic creatures up close – an adventure for which you need an advance reservation. Other than whale watching there are many activities to entice and entertain the entire family. There are art lessons, art shows and sales, sand sculpting, fishing, music, the Mobile Marine Mammal Museum, car displays, a town center walking tour and food. It is a wonderful way to spend the day in a most picturesque spot by a beautiful California beach. What could be better?? Many people descend on Dana Point each year for the festival so be prepared for crowds. But the adventure and the opportunity to observe such magnificent creatures in their habitat on a yearly journey is definitely an experience not to be missed! Check out the website for more information. www.powerhiking.com
Lombard Street in San Francisco has long been considered as the crookedest street in the world. And it is! And it is beautiful and scenic with fabulous vistas. What wonderful thoughts went into designing this amazing street. Today, however, it is still beautiful but very busy. Tourists come from all over the world to see it, drive down it and admire it. Fabulous but not fun for those residents who live on or around the street. Traffic is a nightmare and can back up in the neighborhood as the cars wait a turn to drive down. Tour busses stop at the bottom of the hill so that the tourists can get out and snap a picture. Then there are the thousands of tourists walking up or down the stairs of the street. So some in City Hall are considering a charge for the cars and busses. Don’t know how this would work or be regulated and it is a long time out (if ever) but it is an idea to help control all of the people looking to enjoy this wonderful San Francisco icon.
With so much snow on the ground in Central Park, it is takes a major effort to keep the park clean, accessible and ready for winter fun. The Central Park Conservancy works hard all year to keep the park beautiful, but it takes an extra effort during winter. There is so much to enjoy in a snow covered Central Park. There is ice skating at Wollman Rink, Lasker Rink or the Conservatory Water. You can cross country ski through the meadows and on the bridal paths. And there is sledding on Pilgrim Hill and Cedar Hill. There are ice festivals, a fitness series, walks and guided tours of the winter park. For a complete list of activities, visit the Central Park Conservancy website and then visit the park! Spring and the explosion of daffodils and tulips are just around the corner.
Run For The Chocolate is the Bissinger Chocolate Company annual fun run. It is a run/walk event where you get chocolates during and after the run. The runners/walkers go through the streets of historic St. Louis, starting at the chocolate factory through historic St. Louis and returning along a path that runs along the Mississippi River. Chocolate goody bags, hot cocoa and chocolate medals await at the finish line. It takes place Saturday, February 11. Sounds like a lot of fun and a lot of yummy eating. Burn those calories!
Central Park is beautiful every season of the year and a major destination for tourists visiting New York City. It is also beloved and well used by local New Yorkers. At any time on any day you can see joggers, bicycles, dogs, children playing , people strolling, people sitting and reading, people enjoying the trees and flowers, people picnicking, and people riding in boats or driving little electric boats – just to name of few of the myriad activities Central Park offers.
The Park is always clean thanks to the Central Park Conservancy, whose workers are out daily cleaning and picking up. And now you will see them flying around the park in hot new electric garbage carts. There is a new fleet in Central Park and they are clean, efficient, good for the environment and fun. Look out for them and wave a thank you hi to those who keep Central Park so beautiful for all to enjoy.
Standing tall and majestic over Rockefeller Center and the winter ice rink, sparkles the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. Gleaming and twinkling for the thousands who come to gaze upon it, it thrills all who see it. But the holidays are over and the Christmas Tree is gone. What happens to it? The Christmas Tree lives on as it is donated to Habitat For Humanity. Its mighty limbs and trunk are used to build and repair homes lost and damaged in natural disasters and also to build affordable housing. It is a noble tree and continues to do noble work.
When it come to food festivals, the Indio International Tamale Festival is one of our favorites. Who does not like a yummy tamale?? The Festival is an idea that has grown since 1992 and this is the 25 year celebration. Old Town Indio will be the place to be this Saturday and Sunday, December 3 and 4. But there is more than just tamales and eating! There is a parade down the main street of Old Town Indio, music, live bands, folk dancing, costumes, entertainment, a kids zone, an art corner and lots of good food! Can’t wait! Hope to see you there! http://www.powerhiking.com
Saturday, December 3rd, is a day of festivities in the Bayside town of Tiburon. There will be wagon rides, ornament decorating, face painting, food, shopping, arts and crafts and Santa! There will be something for every member of the family. The day culminates in the lighting of the Christmas Tree at the corner of Main Street. Come and enjoy the fun! www.powerhiking.com
The 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on November 30th from 7 – 9 pm. Above the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, the giant tree will be illuminated with thousands of lights. With music, entertainment and celebrity stars braving the cold to entertain, it promises to be a fun-filled evening. The Tree Lighting is a wonderful event that has been a tradition since 1933 and thousands will line the sidewalks attempting to get a view. It is also televised. The tree tradition was originally started in 1933 by Depression Era construction workers who put up a small tree and decorated it with cranberries, gum wrappers and tin cans. What many do not know is that on January 9th, when the tree comes down, the tree is milled and treated and the lumber used for Habitat For Humanity. That makes seeing the tree even more special! If you cannot make the Tree Lighting then seeing it at sometime over the holiday season is a must. Giant and brilliant with lights, it is a tradition not to be missed. www.powerhiking.com