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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.

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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

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

HOLIDAYS IN SAN ANTONIO

November 21, 2015

The holidays are coming and San Antonio is ready.  The most fun event is at the River Walk downtown.  The River Walk winds along the San Antonio River one block beneath the city.  Walk, ride a boat, shop or enjoy a riverside restaurant and watch the boats go by.  The Holiday River Parade and Lighting Ceremony is an annual tradition in San Antonio and marks the beginning of the holiday season.  This year it will take place on November 27th from 7:00pm to 9:00 pm.  There is a parade of illuminated boats along the River Walk.  Filled with lights, decorated and carrying celebrities and bands and music, it is great fun for the entire family.  Tickets can be purchased online.

Another River Walk holiday event is Boat Caroling.  Every night at 8:15pm between December 2 and December 20, a different group glides along the River and sings carols and other popular songs.  The Fiesta de las Luminarias begins December 4th through December 20th.  Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening during that time period, luminarias are lit at dusk all along the banks of the River Walk.  It is truly festive and beautiful!  Have fun this holiday season in San Antonio!                                                         http://www.powerhiking.comChristmas in San Antonio

 

 

WOW! NEW YORK CITY

November 21, 2015

What an amazing sight – the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center!  Yes, the holidays are coming and New York City is getting ready.  A tradition for years is the Rockefeller Tree Lighting Ceremony.  It is a world wide symbol of the holiday season and people come to see it from all over the world.  Once lit, it holds court above the ice rink and draws thousands to see it and ice skate.  This year the tree will be lit on December 2nd  and there will be live entertainment above the ice rink and by the tree from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.  What a fun and festive way to spend the evening!  Photo is waiting for the tree……                                                  www.powerhiking.comRockefeller Center-1

BEAUTIFUL DAY!

November 16, 2015

Crisp, cool and clear, the sky is a dazzling blue and the Bay sparkles.  What a beautiful day in San Francisco.  Wind and rain has cleaned the air and the views are amazing.  Schools of fish are running and flocks of birds frolick happily on the water trying to get them.  What a day to enjoy!                          www.powerhiking.combirds

GEESE IN TIBURON???

October 17, 2015

Geese visited Tiburon for their morning feast.  Stooping traffic while crossing the street they enjoyed a feast by the water.  What a sight!  www.powerhiking.comGeese 2

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PUMPKINS AT HALF MOON BAY

October 3, 2015

Nestled along some of the most scenic beaches on the magnificent California coastline, is the tranquil city of Half Moon Bay.  Scenic and peaceful, walkers, runners and bikers enjoy the coastal trail.  Sunsets are awe inspiring. Sightseers wander the shops of historic Main Street visiting the cafes and restaurants. In a few days thousands of visitors will descend on this peaceful location for the world famous annual Pumpkin Festival – food, fun, arts and crafts and pumpkins. There are pumpkin patches everywhere and visitors are in search of the perfect pumpkin. Pumpkins decorate the streets, shops and cafes. Even the historic hotel on Main Street is painted orange!

The Half Moon Bay Pumpkin Festival – a fun event to enjoy.

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PILGRIMAGE TO MAVERICKS

September 30, 2015

Home to monster off shore waves and world class surfing contests, there is a draw to visit Mavericks for surfers as well as beach wanderers.  The world’s best surfers come at a moment’s notice to surf Mavericks when the waves are right, but today it is enjoyed only by a flock of pelicans.  www.powerhiking.comMAVERICKS