Archive for the ‘sculpture’ Category

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.

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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

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

THE BIG DADDY OF CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING

November 30, 2016

The 2016 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting will take place on November 30th from 7 – 9 pm.  Above the Rockefeller Center Ice Rink, the giant tree will be illuminated with thousands of lights.  With music, entertainment and celebrity stars braving the cold to entertain, it promises to be a fun-filled evening.  The Tree Lighting is a wonderful event that has been a tradition since 1933 and thousands will line the sidewalks attempting to get a view.  It is also televised.  The tree tradition was originally started in 1933 by Depression Era construction workers who put up a small tree and decorated it with cranberries, gum wrappers and tin cans.  What many do not know is that on January 9th, when the tree comes down, the tree is milled and treated and the lumber used for Habitat For Humanity.  That makes seeing the tree even more special!  If you cannot make the Tree Lighting then seeing it at sometime over the holiday season is a must. Giant and brilliant with lights, it is a tradition not to be missed.                                                  www.powerhiking.com

PUMPKIN TIME AGAIN

October 10, 2016

Fall is here and the autumn harvest is upon us.  Time to celebrate!  Every year scenic Half Moon Bay hosts the HALF MOON BAY ART AND PUMPKIN FESTIVAL.  This beautiful California coast city is known as the pumpkin capital of the world and for 46 years has celebrated the autumn harvest and pumpkin picking season with the festival on Main Street.  Visitors flock from far and wide to partake in the family fun and pick out that very special pumpkin.  There is something for everyone – crafts, artists, musicians, pumpkin sculpture, pie eating contests, costume contests, music contests and food.  You will find everything from pumpkin pie to pumpkin ice cream to pumpkin soup, even local wineries and breweries.  You won’t want to miss the parade down Main Street and the Festival promises to be a treat under beautiful coastal skies surrounded by magnificent coastal scenery.  Dates are Saturday and Sunday, October 15 th and 16 th from 9 am to 5 pm.  Great fields of orange along the highway will let you know that you are almost there.  Have fun!!  We are looking forward to it.               http://www.powerhiking.comIMG_6852IMG_6853img_9984

NEVER FORGET

September 11, 2016

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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

MEMORIAL DAY

May 30, 2016

imageMemorial Day thoughts to you.      www.powerhiking.com

LOVE LOWER MANHATTAN

May 25, 2016

A favorite in Lower Manhattan is The High Line.  This astonishing park in the sky offers visitors views of the city and Hudson River in a very natural and unique setting. Take a walk on The High Line on the elevated train tracks into the history of this area. In the 1930s the train tracks were elevated above the city to reduce the number of accidents between people and freight trains delivering goods and meat to warehouses located below in what is known as the Meatpacking District.  The trains gradually became obsolete as trucks carried more and more of the freight and the tracks sat unused. People began to clamor for demolition of the railway and, in the 1990s, Friends of the  High Line was formed to promote preservation and use as as public open space.  And what a park!  Old railroad ties remain and much of the landscaping is created from weeds and wild growth on unused tracks.  A gravel path meanders along fountains and benches and chaise lounges made from sustainable forests.  Trees and flowers abound as do people enjoying the surrounding.  You can buy a t shirt, lemonade, ice cream or enjoy one of the restaurants or just relax and take in the stunning views.  A “must do” is a visit to the Whitney Museum, located between The High Line and the Hudson River on Gansevoort Street.  This stunning new building increases the exhibition capacity of the remarkable collection of modern and contemporary American art.  While in the neighborhood, it is not to be missed.                  www.powerhiking.comHighline-1

HOT IN AUSTIN!

May 21, 2016

The hottest spot in Austin and the coolest place to visit is the South Congress Hotel.  New and chic it is not just a hotel but the center of “the” place to be!  It is modern with top restaurants like Otoko, Cafe No Se and Central Standard and brings in the locals as well as visitors.  Sharp shops and an outdoor bar, there is also an open courtyard, home to free concerts.  It is located on South Congress Avenue, where pedestrians wander day and night and options for dining range from yummy Italian to the best burgers in town to a lemonade stand.  South Congress Avenue is user friendly and has something for everyone – great fun but low-key and unspoiled.  Worth a visit!                                www.powerhiking.comSouth Congress AVenue