Archive for the ‘animals’ Category

Farmer’s Market

June 30, 2017

Every Thursday the Farmer’s Market comes to Tiburon. Fresh veggies and fruit, crafts, food trucks, music, wine, fun for the kids…come and visit on Main Street.  It is really fun!Tib Farmers MarketjpgTib Farmers Market 2

FESTIVAL OF THE WHALES

March 7, 2017

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

A Tradition Since 1924

November 23, 2016

Since 1924 New York has had the Thanksgiving Day Parade.  A event of fun and excitement for the whole family, thousands brave the cold each year to watch and thousands more enjoy it on TV.  The parade originally started with live animals from the city zoo and, taking only a couple of years off during WWII,  has evolved to the giant balloons that thrill millions today.  It is truly a wonderful family tradition and we are looking forward to it.  Hope you can enjoy it too.  Happy Thanksgiving!                                      www.powerhiking.com

FOOD TRUCK FUN

September 17, 2016

Hope you had a chance to visit the annual street food competition.  This is the 12th year of the competition as street food truck vendors vie for the coveted Vendy Cup.  A select few gather on Governors Island and prepare their best fare.  What a fun tradition and what fun tasting.  Yummy!

HAWAIIAN NATIONAL BIRD

July 22, 2016

The NENE or Hawaiian Goose is the Hawaiian national bird.NENE

The distinctive black head and searching eyes can be found on Kauai, among other islands. While the NENE is usually found in the wild and is skittish but beautiful, many resorts keep them on property and they happily habitat around ponds and waterfalls.  They are always well fed by the caretakers so happy to stay on property.  They have few predators so do not need to fly and their wings are weaker than most geese.  An endangered species, the NENE is great fun to watch.                                                                                                            While the NENE is, indeed, the national bird of Hawaii, on Kauai many believe that it is the chicken.  Wild chickens run everywhere – on the golf course, along the sidewalk, on the road, on the beach, in parking lots – everywhere!  Ask anyone on Kauai and they will tell you the chicken is the national bird of Kauai!  There are no natural predators so thousands roam the island at will.  You will see entire families – little chicks following behind – roaming the post office parking lot in Koloa Town, emerging from under a bush on a golf course and in every park and on every beach.  They are everywhere!  Foraging for food, the chickens are a favorite of tourists.  Ask any native of Kauai and they will tell you that the chickens used to be domesticated and on farms but the hen houses were destroyed by Hurricane Iniki in 1992 and the rest is history.  The Kauai chicken does add a special charm to an island visit.ROOSTERhttp://www.powerhiking.com

MEMORIAL DAY

May 30, 2016

imageMemorial Day thoughts to you.      www.powerhiking.com

HIDDEN IN CENTRAL PARK

May 14, 2016

Hallett Nature Sanctuary has been hidden in Central Park since the 1930s.  It is 4 acres located near The Pond on the Fifth Avenue – Central Park South side of Central Park not far from Grand Army Plaza and the statue of William Tecumseh Sherman.  Previously known as The Promontory, in 1986 it was renamed Hallett Nature Sanctuary.  Thanks to the Central Park Conservancy, the 4 acres have been revitalized and are now open for limited hours.  It is still a fenced area but there are new pathways, a new gate and new benches.  We think it is worth a visit!                                                www.powerhiking.comP1000015

SUPER BOWL FANS

January 30, 2016

The Super Bowl is in San Francisco. The fans are arriving. The setting is ready. The teams are set. If the weather cooperates, it will be a great week. Visit The Presidio; visit Alcatraz; visit Fort Point; visit Golden Gate Park and the de Young Museum or the California Academy of Sciences; take a ferry boat ride across the Bay to Tiburon or to Angel Island; take a Bay cruise. Whatever you do, enjoy the City. A book that might be some help with fun ideas, suggestions and directions is PowerHiking San Francisco Twelve Great Walks Through The Streets of San Francisco and Environs. Look for it.  You might like it.                                                                      www.powerhiking.comIMG_6203PHSF 2012 jpg

SUPER BOWL SAN FRANCISCO

January 28, 2016

The Denver Bronco fans are coming to town! The Carolina Panther fans are coming to town! San Francisco is excited and ready and the Super Bowl is just a few days away. Party week! Located at Justin Herman Plaza is Super Bowl City. Rising next to the Bay, fan fun and concerts are waiting for the fans. Lines will be long so get there early. Justin Herman Plaza is in the heart of The Embarcadero – one of the most scenic and activity filled locales in San Francisco. Beautiful views of the San Francisco Bay abound. The Bay Bridge with its newly restarting light display is above. The Golden Gate Bridge is to the west. The Ferry Building is across The Embarcadero. The San Francisco Exploratorium is a short walk at Pier 15 and Pier 39, Ghirardelli Square and Fisherman’s Wharf are a short stroll along the waterfront.  AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, is a short stroll in the other direction. And while you are strolling, the views are endless. There are restaurants and shops and Super Bowl City is right there in the middle of all of the excitement. Grand opening is a couple of days away but the building goes on 13 hours a day. Security is in place. The NFL broadcast booth is ready and the concert stage is set. The NFL Fun Zone awaits the fans. San Francisco is ready.                                                     http://www.powerhiking.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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THE BIRDS ARE BACK IN TOWN

January 15, 2016

The herring are running in San Francisco Bay and somehow the birds know.  Nature is amazing! On this beautiful winter day, hundreds and hundreds of birds are circling the water and feeding.  There are flocks of ducks of all different variety and color, flocks of geese, pelicans so full they can barely sit upright or fly, and sea gulls.  They are everywhere – in the air, sunning themselves on the rocks and shoreline, floating in the gentle waves – but always eating.  And frolicking among the birds are the many seals and sea lions -eating, gliding and barking happily.  What a wonderful sight!                                                                www.powerhiking.comBirds 1:15Birds 3 1:15Birds 2 1:15