Dec 022013


Took this shot on Thanksgiving Day (at sunset, obviously) from the deck of a family member’s home.  (You know who you are!  Thanks again for a very fun holiday!)  Hoping everybody had a chance to visit with family and friends this past week, which also coincided with Hanukkah this year for the one and only time in all of our lifetimes, apparently.   So, wow!  Thanks also to some friends in Walnut Creek for coming up with a great idea to celebrate with a pre-Thanksgiving dinner on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  Love that idea, and what a fun time that was too!  Heard a great tip this year at Thanksgiving dinner that I’ll share with you all:  Especially if you’re having trouble sleeping, take a moment each evening before going to sleep and write in a journal five things you are grateful for before turning off the light to doze off.  It’s a great key to happiness to be grateful for, and to fill our minds with, that which we HAVE— rather than what we don’t have.  Seemed like good advice.

Best wishes to all as we head into this year’s holiday season!

Nov 252013


Heidi and I had a very fun and relaxing drive down the San Mateo County coast yesterday, and this pic above is one I took as the sun went down on our journey.  Beginning with a stop off to get some picnic supplies at New Leaf Community Market in Half Moon Bay we continued on to San Gregorio Beach where we found a more than pleasing spot on the beach to eat lunch.  The temperature must have been in the mid-60s, the sky was as clear as a bell, and there was virtually no wind by coastal standards, for sure.  Such calm moments by the ocean are gems all by themselves, and to enjoy the sun and the ocean on a late-November Sunday afternoon is just yet another of our amazing opportunities here in the Bay Area.  Our journey after lunch continued on to a stop at San Gregorio General Store— located in the town of San Gregorio, and a place that truly shouldn’t be missed on a drive down this particular stretch of coastline.  Great live music fills the room of this wonderful establishment that enables shopping for such a variety of items ranging from cookware to hats, to cards and books, to general hardware and frontier supplies— all with a full bar and great coffee!  And lastly along this coastal drive, on the way home it was a lovely stop-off at Moss Beach Landing for the sunset pictured above before a northbound Highway One drive back through San Francisco on to Oakland.  Oh, and can’t leave out a tasty bite to eat at Oakland’s Plum Bar before arriving home.  Had a great burger and got introduced to an Italian liqueur called Fernet Branca, which made for a great digestif after dinner, I thought.  It was a great time on a Sunday, and one that I think sincerely captures the “WeekendWanderings” concept!

Jul 262013

Some pretty interesting accommodations at Treebones Resort in Big Sur:

Our exclusive HUMAN NEST offers one of the best views at Treebones. Are you ready to go beyond the comforts of a yurt and fall asleep cradled in a human-sized nest?

Extreme ”eco- sleep” is here!

This unusual work of woven wood-art was created & built by Big Sur artist Jayson Fann. Bring your own sleeping bags & other gear for this night aloft.

This is a walk-in campsite which includes private use of the wood-woven nest, and comes with a picnic table & nearby access to water. The nest has a wood ladder access,  and there is a full sized futon mattress perched inside it. You haul your own sleeping bags and pillows up the ladder to nestle in for the night (weather permitting).

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