Archive for February, 2014

ORCHIDS!

February 22, 2014

536-2Nestled next to San Francisco Bay is historic Fort Mason.  It was once used for supply ships with provisions for the Presidio, as well as an embarkation and debarkation point for soldiers.  Today it is home to museums, shops, live theater and a farmer’s market and is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.  fort masonThis weekend it is home to the Pacific Orchid Exposition sponsored by the San Francisco Orchid Society benefitting the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers and the U. C. Botanical Garden.  There are lectures, demonstrations and growers from all over the world bring the most beautiful flowers and plants.  The beauty and colors are breathtaking as the entire warehouse is filled with blooms.  It is truly worth a visit today or tomorrow.  Enjoy!

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HISTORIC LANDS END

February 5, 2014

While the eastern part of the United States shivers through a cold winter, California (with the occasional fog, clouds and raindrops) is basking in sunshine and clear spring like weather.  It is the perfect weather for a visit to Lands End in San Francisco.  At the northwest corner of the city of San Francisco, where seals and shorebirds thrive along precipitous cliffs and treacherous rocks, is Lands End.  lands endAt the very entrance to San Francisco Bay you can take in the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, the Marin Headlands and the Golden Gate Bridge.  You can view old shipwrecks that did not make it through the rocks into the Bay and, also, explore the ruins of Sutro Baths.  Walk the trail beside hills filled with wild flowers and cypress trees.  The trail is quite wide as it was the sight of a railroad that took early 20th century bathers from downtown to the very popular Sutro Baths – fresh and salt water pools enclosed by a soaring glass structure.sutro bathslands end water  You can wander the ruins or check out

 

 

 

 

 

the USS San Francisco memorial or picnic at nearby Fort Miley.  Just beyond Sutro Baths is the famous Cliff House with good food and fabulous views and, to the south, the wide expanse of Ocean Beach.  A stop at Lands End Lookout is also a must.  This new visitor center has refreshments and a great selection of books and information on the history, wildlife, and habitat of the area.  It is also a perfect spot for the most spectacular views of Lands End.    www.powerhiking.com

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