Archive for the ‘Birds’ Category

GARLIC FESTIVAL TIME AGAIN!

July 26, 2017

We love the GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL and it is that time of year again.  July 28 – 30 are the dates this year and it is coming up.  Time to make your plans to visit Gilroy.  A once a year event, the GARLIC FESTIVAL features all types of food made with garlic – including ice cream! – cooking demonstrations – with garlic of course, cooking competitions – with garlic of course, live entertainment and fun for the entire family.  Not only is Gilroy a scenic place to visit, but you will be able to smell the garlic as you get close.  Time for some fun again this year at the GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL!  Visit their website gilroygarlicfestival.com for more information.  Enjoy!!                        www.powerhiking.com

Wow! What a day!

May 18, 2017

The sky is blue.  The sun is shining. On such a gorgeous San Francisco day it is hard to find a prettier location than Lands End. Located at the westernmost tip of San Francisco, the vistas are amazing. Whether you gaze at the Marin Headlands or back at the Golden Gate Bridge, this is the weather to enjoy such a unique spot. The trail is well groomed and a little over a mile so an easy walk with many view benches along the way. Or just spend some quiet time reflecting on the beauty or watching the ships pass under the mighty Golden Gate. In the mood for culture? Visit the Palace of the Legion of Honor. Beautiful exhibits and a beautiful building. Lands End is a special spot on a sunny day.

FUN IN THE CENTRAL PARK SNOW

February 16, 2017

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 Chocolate??

February 10, 2017

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!

New Carts in Central Park

January 21, 2017

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.Central Park 3central park

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

FLEET WEEK SAN FRANCISCO

October 4, 2016

The skyline of San Francisco glows with blue lights in the evening in honor of San Francisco Fleet Week.  With a week filled with activities, October 7th – 10th promises to be fun and exciting.  There are ship tours, marching bands – even a high school band competition – , art shows, air shows, the Parade of Ships on Friday and, of course, the amazing Blue Angels.  Prepare to be in awe as they soar through the skies over the San Francisco Bay, spinning and circling only inches from each other.  There is a viewing area on the Marina Green and you can reserve seats online.  Sit, watch and enjoy the catered food. San Francisco Fleet Week has been an October tradition in the Bay Area since 1981.  It promises to be fun-filled, educational and exciting.  Don’t miss it!                                     http://www.powerhiking.comimg_9899

SEMIAHMOO

August 13, 2016

Semiahmoo.  What an unusual name.  Not in the Northwest!  About two hours north of Seattle and a half an hour south of Vancouver is Semiahmoo.  Nestled on a peninsula between Semiahmoo Bay on the Samish Sea to the west and Drayton Bay on the east, Semiahmoo is tranquil, quiet and beautiful. The water is cold and the beach is a restful place to walk or read or just meditate and admire the beauty. There is golf, swimming, tennis, trails for hiking and walking – just about whatever activity you want.  Walk next to the water along the Coast Millennium Trail, with views of both bays. And there is fishing! With views galore, siting on one of the large sea logs on the beaches is the perfect spot.  Too chilly?  Sit by the roaring fire or roast s’mores in the outdoor fire pit.  This area was originally inhabited by the Semiahmoo Indians.  It was visited by the Spanish and British explorers and the United States Navy in the early 1800s, but it was not until the Fraser River Gold Rush of 1858 that settlers came to the area. In 1870 the nearby town of Blaine was founded and became known for its canneries.  The word semiahmoo means half moon or water all around and that is exactly what Semiahmoo looks like.     http://www.powerhiking.comIMG_9735IMG_9710IMG_9717IMG_9688

LOVING RIO!

August 9, 2016

Like groupies we are glued to the TV set each night watching the 2016 Olympics and the beautiful panoramas of Rio.  What a glorious city!  Yes, it has its problems, but the scenery is beyond fabulous.  Loved the 2016 Rio Olympics Opening Ceremony as well.  What a visual treat!  Smiles, laughter, dancing, singing interspersed with lights and sound and music!  It was honest, earnest and fun!  From the history to the color to the music and the fireworks – it was fun!  Maracana Stadium and the sites and scenes of the beautiful landscape left us thrilled.  And what about Ipanema!!!!  Amazing!  The games have begun.  Let the party begin as well.                                                                                               http://www.powerhiking.com

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