Archive for the ‘mountains’ 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.

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

GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL

July 30, 2016

A favorite of Californians and tourists alike, the yearly Gilroy Garlic Festival is fun for all in the family.  You will find entertainment, children’s activities, food and cooking demonstrations and the Gourmet Alley – a huge outdoor kitchen.  Everything is cooked with garlic and you can eat just about anything with garlic, including ice cream.  And you can smell the garlic for miles!  The Gilroy Garlic Festival takes place this year July 29 – 31.  Tickets can be purchased online and it is a great time for everyone.  Can you smell the garlic???                                                                                www.powerhiking.com

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL HIKE

June 27, 2016

Trees, water, blue sky and sunshine – what could be better than a day at Bon Tempe Lake! Bon Tempe Lake is a favorite of hikers, runners and joggers in Marin County and it is easy to understand why.  The scenery is spectacular.  Part of the Marin County watershed, it is a wonderful place to hike as the trail is wide, easy to follow and not steep.  The lake is stocked with bass and trout so you will probably see a fisherman or two about as you hike around it’s spectacularly scenic perimeter.  Bon Tempe Lake is a great outing for families as there are picnic tables and bbqs as well.  Plan to visit it soon!                                        www.powerhiking.comBON TEMPE

MEMORIAL DAY

May 30, 2016

imageMemorial Day thoughts to you.      www.powerhiking.com

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