Archive for the ‘California National Parks’ Category


January 25, 2018

What a morning by the San Francisco Bay!  Flocks of geese and ducks were flying low across the water. Sea gulls were circling and the sound of barking seals could be heard echoing. What was the reason for all of this fun? The herring were in the water. On certain days every year the herring migrate to the shores of San Francisco Bay to lay eggs and all of Mother Nature knew that today was one of the days. Even the fishermen were out on this beautiful morning. What a sight!



July 26, 2017

Getting ready for race time and a fun evening on the bay.Fun on the Bay


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 for more information.  Enjoy!!              


June 21, 2017

Every summer the quaint town of Tiburon sponsors the Tiburon Car Classic. Tiburon, nestled next to San Francisco Bay offers fabulous views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge.IMG_1469

What fun to stroll along the waterfront gazing at this amazing view while enjoying classic, vintage and special cars.  Residents and neighbors – all car aficionados – polish and shine each special vehicle and line them up along the watering for visitors to admire. Food trucks and beverages make the day a success for everyone. Look for this special event next summer. It is worth a visit.  Info can be found on the Town of Tiburon web site. IMG_1467IMG_1462

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.

San Francisco Waterfront

March 17, 2017

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.


December 1, 2016

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.comimg_0332


October 8, 2016

On a beautiful, sunny, fall day in San Francisco, boats are heading out to enjoy a day on San Francisco Bay under clear blue sky.                                 http://www.powerhiking.comimg_0064


October 5, 2016

AVOFEST is 3 days of food, music and family fun.  This year’s 30th annual AVOFEST takes place October 7th, 8th, 9th in Carpinteria, California and is free.  Featuring everything from antique tractors to the largest avocado contest to the largest vat of guacamole to four different stages of music, this event promises to be entertaining for the entire family.  There is the AvoEXPO Tent, a Commercial Marketplace, Festival Merchandise, a Flower Tent featuring local flower growers, a Children’s Venue, an Arts and Crafts Venue and lots of music and entertainment.  Visit the website for more information, details and directions.  See you there!                                                     


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