Archive for November, 2014


November 20, 2014

Who would have thought that in the small Bayside town of Tiburon you would see world class sculpture? But there they are right along the waterfront!Sculpture 1

Art By The Bay 2014 is a temporary display of works by international sculptors.  They include works by Bruce Beasley, Bruce Johnson, Mike Riegel, Rebekah Waites and John Lewis.  This outdoor exhibition is all done in granite, glass, redwood and copper.  As you wander the Bayside path, now there is more to look at than the spectacular views of San Francisco Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge.  It is worth a visit to see the sculpture, the views and wander the very short Main Street.  Relax on one of the waterside decks and enjoy.

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November 18, 2014

Crystal clear, crisp and sunny.  What Fall day could be better?!?!SFGGB


November 7, 2014

Whimsical, fun and family friendly, The GREY WOLF LODGE in Kansas City, Kansas is a great family treat.  Bears, deer and wolf abound and a bear bench greats you at the entrance. Each visitor is presented with wolf ears to wear and all the clientele wander the hotel admiring the huge bears, deer, elk and moose wearing the wolf ears.  There is an enormous outdoor swimming pool, a whimsically bear oriented miniature golf course, a larger than life video game room and, the highlight, indoor water slides.  The water slides operate year round and it is great fun to watch adults as well as children splash through the bears, wolves and animals.  A small baby pool watches over the water slides.  It is truly a fun filled paradise!  There are chests, photographs, statues and all manor of magical items throughout the Lodge corridors, all rendered to life and speech by the magical wand in a child’s hand.  Food is good and abundant and the staff delightful.  If you are in the Kansas City, Kansas vicinity, the Grey Wolf Lodge is a must visit!

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November 4, 2014

Nestled in the Texas Hill Country is the town of Boerne.  Founded in the 1849 by German colonists and located only 15 minutes from San Antonio, Boerne is rich in history.  It was originally connected to San Antonio by a stagecoach route.  The 1870 limestone courthouse is the second oldest in Texas and there are other historic building such as St. Peter’s Catholic Church, the Phillip Manor, the Kronkosky Tower and the Mansion House – all stunning and architecturally different.  Today Boerne is a lovely community with chic shops, antique stores – both serious and funky – and notable restaurants ranging from Tex-Mex to German to Southern BBQ to a great bakery. All are unique with the entries and sidewalks along Main Street whimsically decorated . There is winery and a bookstore which is located under a windmill.  The Hill Country Mile is a walking path along River Road Park and historic Main Street.  There is also the Cibolo Nature Center –  a wilderness and marshland preserve in the Hill Country – filled with trails for hiking, walking or wandering.  Boerne is indeed a wonderful place to visit to soak up Texas history and relax in small town comfort.Boerne Main StreetCalamity JaneCibolo River BoerneStorefront Boernewindmill

Holidays on Angel Island 1940s Style

November 2, 2014

With expansive views of the City skyline, Marin County and the San Francisco Bay, Angel Island has an unparalled location. Next weekend it will host a holiday celebration exhibiting how the U.S. Army celebrated the holidays in the 1940s.  The guardhouse and chapel will be decorated like in the 1940s and visitors can make period ornaments.  This event takes place November 8 and 9 at the East Garrison.  Angel Island is rich in history as it has been home to the Coast Miwok, Spanish explorers, the U.S. Immigration Station from 1910-1940, a cattle ranch, and home to the military since the Civil War.  In 1954 Angel Island has been part of the California State Park system.  Their are great hiking trails, picnic areas and spectacular views of the Bay.  Access to the island is by ferry boat – another exciting adventure.  Visit and enjoy!

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November 1, 2014

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants and their World Series win!!  Three in five years is amazing and the city of San Francisco continues to celebrate the accomplishment.