hiking: A long-awaited visit to Marshall Beach, San Francisco - 07/12/20 08:00 PM
After reading many wonderful posts written by Ron and Alexandra Seigel as they share their beach walks with us, I felt a yearning to visit little Marshall Beach in San Francisco which I hadn't done for too long.
I've written about Marshall Beach before, recounting a run through the Presidio, then down the many stairs to the beach before returning to my car. This last Friday afternoon my husband and I headed out for our daily walk toward the end of the day, and Marshall Beach was once again calling me.
Down the many stairs we went, then had a delightful, relaxed stroll along … (27 comments)

hiking: Find the Joy of the Moment - 05/20/20 07:27 PM
After over 9 weeks of Shelter-in-Place, finding joy and happiness in the simple pleasures of life have taken on a new importance for many of us.
Slowly, prudently, more park lands in our area are open. This picture of a friend at Edgewood County Park in San Mateo County expresses complete joy in the moment. Every time I see it, I can't help but smile.
The painted rock we spotted on a trail in Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Since I need to return some equipment to a seller who now lives in Sausalito, we took advantage of a nearby trail … (47 comments)

hiking: San Mateo County Parks Open Once Again - 05/15/20 10:20 PM
Our abundant open space preserves and park lands are a huge attraction to living on the San Francisco Peninsula. It's not hard to realize how happy hundreds, if not thousands, of residents were when parks were opened again last week, on May 4, -- with precautions.
One of the wisest choices park administrators made was to designate some of the narrow hiking trails, where keeping 6' distance isn't feasible, as one-way.
On Thursday I had real estate business to attend to in San Mateo County, so took advantage while I was there to get my exercise by stopping by Huddart County Park, in the … (18 comments)

hiking: A Trifecta of Fun on Mother's Day - 05/10/20 08:04 PM
Current Shelter-in-Place regulations certainly put a different spin on this Mother's Day. Having to create new habits and new mindsets has advantages.
This Mother's Day is a good example, and will go into my memory book as a delightful one, from start to finish.
It began yesterday, with the arrival of a lovely card from my daughter Elizabeth, and when I awoke early this morning the first message I saw was from Rachael, wishing me a happy Mother's Day. Next came this sweet FaceBook post from Susan.
The morning's highlight was a family Zoom brunch with us all present, enjoying our chat, smiling at the … (30 comments)

hiking: Change is in the air in the San Francisco Bay Area - 05/01/20 03:16 PM
Today is May 1. Perhaps it is appropriate that the new month brings with it a sense of imminent change.
Beginning May 4 a cautious loosening in the Shelter-in-Place we've been living with since the middle of March will take place. A few more businesses will be allowed to open--construction, landscaping & gardening services, some dry goods stores. In the real estate world, we'll be able to show occupied residences under very specific requirements. Social distancing at least 6' will be required; face masks required;. San Mateo County will reopen their wild land parks and beaches.
Golf courses will re-open, with safety protocols … (25 comments)

hiking: The peace of the redwoods brings solace - 04/05/20 09:25 AM
There's a special beauty in hiking among the redwood trees on a rainy day.
Along with fresh air and incredible beauty, Saturday's hike made me feel close to my brother-in-law who passed away the day before in a skilled nursing facility in New Jersey. Dave shared the same love of hiking, history and nature that my husband and I do. I'm thankful that over the years we spent a number of happy days hiking together, both in California when he'd visit, or in New Jersey and the White Mountains of New Hampshire on our trips back east.
Come join me for a … (31 comments)

hiking: Day dreaming today ...... - 11/20/19 10:44 PM
Rarely if ever do I do a cut-and-paste blog post, but for all my hiking friends like Kat Palmiotti, Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 and Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP among others, I couldn't wait to share this article I saw on Flipboard today, 10 of the Best Alpine Hiking Trails
We've done Hike #10 in the past, (picture is from that fabulous hike) and bits and pieces of some of the others.
I think I need to investigate which segments of one or two of these I'd like to tackle next!
How about you?

hiking: There is a harmony in autumn.... - 11/03/19 07:47 AM

"There is a harmony in autumn, and a luster in its sky, which through the summer is not heard or seen."   ...Percy Bysshe Shelley
I am definitely not the only one whose favorite season of the year is autumn.
Buyers and sellers can use these autumn days to finalize their year-end real estate goals.
There is still time for buyers to get into contract and close in time to enjoy the December holidays in their new home and avoid the January competitiveness.
A seller who chooses to sell now will avoid the extra competition of many new listings that we typically see … (33 comments)

hiking: One Night Away - a fresh approach to life - 08/28/19 09:21 PM
The month of July was an extraordinary one for me in the real estate world. Great things resulted from the long hours, but a planned one-night get away had to be postponed. This week we finally had the chance to head on our short adventure.
Day One: This car-less adventure saw us head out the door with overnight backpacks, over North Beach with a stop at our friend's cafe (Pat's Cafe) for a leisurely breakfast and then down to Pier 41where a ferry boat took us across the bay to Sausalito via Angel Island and Tiburon.
From there, we walked up the hill along … (31 comments)

hiking: Summer Fun in San Francisco-getting to know The Presidio - 07/23/19 04:26 PM
Getting to know The Presidio in San Francisco is a year-round treat, but never more so than in summer. 
My top 5 summertime activities here include:
Learn some of the history. The Officer's club, open free of charge 6 days a week (closed Monday) has a wonderful small museum offering a glimpse of native American life in the area, early Spanish and Mexican life here, and when the Presidio was an active US Army post. You'll find art exhibits on the gallery walls, and a long-running exhibit, "Exclusion" detailing the Presidio's role in the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Sit for … (21 comments)

hiking: Throwback Thursday - still standing! - 09/27/18 11:13 AM
I remember well that day in the Swiss Alps, high above the Lauterbrunnen Valley. It was the last day of a glorious week of hiking and we were on a simple trail aptly named the Panoramaweg. The beauty and majesty of the Alps brought forth from me this expression of joy!
Fast forward 13 years. I still love hiking vacations, still love exploring the mountains, alms and valleys of the Alps (and Andes, and Sierras, and White Mountains, and....)
Delighted and grateful to be still standing, whether on my feet or my head makes no difference!

hiking: Dolomites, Croatia and Slovenia--oh my! - 09/21/18 04:37 PM
“At its best, travel should challenge our preconceptions and most cherished views, cause us to rethink our assumptions, shake us a bit, make us broader minded and more understanding.” –Arthur FrommerI've been home for almost two weeks now after a wonderful vacation, and what crazy days these have been! This Saturday morning, as I enjoy my coffee before the busy day truly gets underway,  I'm reliving some of my wonderful recent adventures, and thought I'd share a few photos and brief comments.
As many of your know, hiking is one of my avocations--it's one way I try to stay physically, emotionally and mentally fit while … (36 comments)

hiking: A study of contrasts, Mt. Tamalpais, Marin County, CA - 08/14/18 09:54 PM
As any local hiker, mountain biker, or lover of nature knows, Mount Tamalpais in Marin County, just a few miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, is a beacon and destination in any type of weather.
Home to the world-famous Muir Woods, much of the mountain is deeply forested, with Coastal redwood trees soaring overhead creating deep shade where ferns thrive on the banks and streams burble down the ravines.
However, cross over a ridge and you'll find sunnier, more arid trails to explore and be rewarded with vistas of rolling hills and the shimmering Pacific Ocean in the distance. One such trail … (16 comments)

hiking: My mini-Active Rain vacation is drawing to a close - 03/26/18 08:49 AM
From time to time I take a break from Active Rain, like I've done this past month. Sure, I sign on just about every day, read a few great posts, comment on some and then--I stop.
So what do I do with the time I don't spend blogging?  I might enjoy a City hike through a different San Francisco neighborhood like I did Friday afternoon - I always find that refreshing, and always find something new to make me smile and excite me while I re-visit some favorite places.
On a recent March day, we walked to the Civic Center BART station and took … (30 comments)

hiking: A San Francisco "good-bye" to 2017 - 01/01/18 10:59 AM
While much of the country is keeping warm indoors, we're fortunate to be able to enjoy being out and about (much to Tanner's delight as well as ours.)
Playing in the bay at Crissy Field is Tanner's first choice for a great outing, and we enjoyed doing just that a couple of days ago.
However, on New Year's Eve day we enjoyed a 5-mile walk through Golden Gate Park, out to Ocean Beach near the Cliff House and meandered back to our car.
This is one reason we pay the big bucks to live here! Our houses tend to be small, and very expensive -- … (16 comments)

hiking: Countdown to Thanksgiving - Thankful for old friends - 11/12/17 10:13 AM
As we approach Thanksgiving, Debbie Reynolds has challenged us to post one thing each day (or as few or many days as we wish) between now and Thanksgiving for which we are thankful. Read details of her 12 Days of Thanks Giving challenge and decide how you'd like to participate.
Every morning I start my day by think of several things for which I'm grateful that day. Today my first thought was: I'm thankful for my long-time Sierra Club hiking buddies, and that I've reconnected with them.
25 years ago I was a hike leader for the Sierra Club and enjoyed long, arduous weekly … (13 comments)

hiking: Wordless Wednesday - if little houses could talk.... - 07/19/17 03:44 PM
A favorite activity of ours when the evening daylight is long is to walk for a couple of hours in various neighborhoods in San Francisco. One such evening walk took us up Billy Goat Hill and along neighborhood streets before we headed back down to Noe Valley and dinner.
I was quite charmed by this little house and gnarly tree -- don't you want to make up some amazing stories set here?
Both of my parents were good story tellers, and I expect they would have come up with some lovely adventure tales set here.

hiking: Pictures from Peru - 05/26/17 04:39 PM
On Wednesday I wrote a post about my vacation to Peru with Road Scholars, and my 4-day trek on the Inca Trails leading to Machu Picchu. I couldn't share pictures then, but the bug has been fixed, so I'm posting a few of my favorites here.

One of my plans for this holiday weekend is download and cull through all my trip photos -- a task that will take quite some time, but it will be fun re-living my grand adventure through the photos.
Another plan is to reflect on just what this holiday is all about, and to count the many blessings we … (22 comments)

hiking: Getting back into the post-vacation swing of things - 05/25/17 08:24 AM
Peru! Machu Picchu! 4-day trek at high altitude! Those mountains! The history!
What a magical vacation. For well over 25 years I have wanted to hike the Inca Trail leading to Machu Picchu in Peru. Finally, this was the year! I would wait no longer.
The trip exceeded my expectations in many ways.  The trek itself was very strenuous -- and the most memorable I've taken. The guides were well-informed and shared their love of country, land, and ancient civilizations. The porters were astounding.
We went with a tour group, Road Scholars (used to be known as Elder Hostel) and I can't sing their … (14 comments)

hiking: Vacation time - what adventures await? - 05/10/17 07:43 AM
It's vacation time for me and I'm looking forward to my experiences, and wonder what adventures await.
As many of you know, I enjoy hiking and get out as often as possible. One of the benefits of living in the San Francisco Bay Area is our ability to enjoy the outdoors year round, and superb hiking is found along the spine of the SF Peninsula in our state and county parks and the Open Space District lands. In Marin County, Mt. Tamalpais and the Marin Headlands are major draws. In the East Bay and South Bay there are many more opportunities. San … (12 comments)





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