Way back in October my parents flew to San Francisco for their yearly visit. Before they arrived, Chris and I started an itinerary. We soon realized that they have pretty much been to every tourist spot in San Francisco, main & hidden, so we planned a trip to Tahoe – our vacation home away from home.
Recent Updates Page 2 Toggle Comment Threads | Keyboard Shortcuts
On a rare 88°F day in San Francisco, Captain Emily took us on a sailing adventure in the bay. We started at the Berkeley Marina, slowly sailed over to Angel Island, hung out on the island and celebrated James’s birthday on the boat, sailed to the Golden Gate Bridge, and did a giant loop past the city, around Yerba Buena Island, under the new Bay Bridge back into Berkley Marina just as the sun set. It is in my top 5 days in San Francisco and thankfully Allison and Chris took beautiful photos so I can share it with you.
The holiday card swap was so successful the past two years I thought it would be nice to do it again. It was really fun to receive cards throughout December & make our homes more merry with shout-outs from friends. To anyone who didn’t participate last year (or who needs a fresh look at the rules) please read the following:
XC Craft Swap IX
Rules: Everyone that signs up will send and receive a card from everyone that is participating. Cards can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like (including store bought – new addition this year).
If you’re interested please write your name and email in the comments below before November 8th. The swap begins on November 9th. I’ll send out an email to pass along everyone’s addresses. The number of people who sign up below is generally a good indication of how many cards to make. You should start sending your cards on December 1st and feel free to post your own card to the blog or I can post them as I get them – up to you!
P.S. Click here to see the cards that were sent out last year to get ideas.
Linzi, Traci, Reid, and 8 others are discussing. Toggle Comments
It was only a matter of time before I found Walk SF. The more I traverse the city, research it’s history, and educate others the more connected I feel. San Francisco is a great place for walkers. Most of the time I can get where I want to go faster by foot than MUNI and, with our abundance of hills, the walk usually results in a beautiful unknown vista. Unfortunately walking can also be dangerous – whether it be the fear of being hit by oncoming traffic on a poorly marked crosswalk or the fear of being harassed by the homeless walking in a questionable neighborhood. I discovered Walk SF when I went to the screening of Better Market Street Project‘s documentary at the Public Library. They talked about making San Francisco a more livable, walkable city and reclaiming streets as shared public space for everyone to enjoy. Everyone can get behind that right? Even more intriguing was their pamphlet to join them in a city-wide walk, 12+ miles and 10 peaks in 1 day known as Peak2Peak.
I live in San Francisco, I grew up outside of Boston, and I interned in New York. This was before smart phones with GPS, when I carried written directions & pray I did’t get on the wrong bus. When I worked for free and lived on cheap sushi and kind friend’s parent’s home-cooked meals. I have parts of New York memorized like the back of my hand and others remain an urban jungle of fast walkers and tall buildings. Funnily enough, the parts I have memorized I don’t remember the important things – like numbers or street names. A small portion of our trip became a scavenger hunt, recalling places as if from a dream – wandering a certain direction just because it felt right. I was really worried that I had hyped up the places I used to frequent. That once we got there, my now refined palette would cringe in disgust at my once seemingly decadent meal. Thankfully that was not the case.
On a sunny afternoon in June, Tori messaged me with a list of the top 10 frozen yogurt spots in San Francisco. Although froyo doesn’t have the same cult-like following as ice cream, there are still a few artesian shops in yuppie neighborhoods duking it out. Tasting and rating these places seemed like the perfect job for the ladies who ventured across town for ice cream two years ago. Within a few hours we had the Facebook event created (3 months in advance) and people were immediately jumping on the bandwagon. I created two possible routes with varying shops on each that everyone voted on. The list that won included Fraiche Yogurt, Cultivé Frozen Yogurt, Yogorino, and Loving Cup – shops within walking proximity to each other.
On Saturday, August 24th, all of the ladies met outside of Fraiche Yogurt on Fillmore. The judges included: Whitney, Elise, Tori, Amelia, Laura, Hope, Vickie, Jesse, Iris, Laura and myself.
– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
First Place: Fraiche Yogurt
For Eric’s 35th birthday a bunch of the Flickr crew car camped on Yuba River. Located in North Tahoe, the Lincoln site could not have been more beautiful. The Saturday Chris and I stayed there it was just the wilderness, our loud – possibly inappropriate – group, and the innocent boy scouts next door.
Instead of doing our usual trip to San Diego this year, Chris and I flew up the coast to visit some of our favorite people: Laura, Sean, and Findlay! The weather this trip was fantastic. It didn’t rain a single drop, blue skies and warm sun the entire trip – I got to wear shorts! The great weather allowed us to explore the city by foot and helped us not feel so bad for eating like pigs.
For Chris’s 31st Birthday he reserved two tables at the infamous Tamales Bay Oyster Company. Tamales Bay is located about an hour north of San Francisco past Stinson Beach and Muir Woods. The Oyster Company opens early and closes at exactly 4:30pm when the fog rolls in. You get a shucking knife, gloves, and a bag of oysters per table you reserve. When he called to make the reservation they asked if he’d like the tables to be in the sun or the shade. His lack of vitamin D responded “sun!” – a decision that was great once, but we would not make again.
I’m sorry it’s been so long since I’ve updated, but we’ve had a lot of visitors! I always find it funny when people visit SF during it’s worst months, but I guess for them it’s an escape from the heat and I can respect that. Without further ado, here are the wonderful people who graced us with their presence:
On July 6th, Chris and I drove up to Sonoma to see his mom, visit the vineyards, and meet Dick’s family. Dick introduced us to a new winery, Gundlach Bundschu, and it quickly has quickly become one of my favorites. It has a great, relaxing ambiance and is located next to a man-made lake. We introduced them to Scribe – one of the ‘hot’ wineries big among the designer types. On July 7th, Melinda and Dick drove into the city and we spent the day eating oysters, walking along the Embarcadero, and checking out the America’s Cup Pavilion. We ended their trip with dinner at Zazie – a Chris and Linzi visitor staple.