As the snow falls in Chicago, I find myself planning my weekend picnic thanks to the Spring-like weather her in San Francisco. While I do feel bad for my friends and family back home; it is going to be too nice not to get out and enjoy it. So why not do it properly with a picnic?
A few years ago, I purchased from Crate and Barrel their table-in-a-bag, and it has become a staple for my summer months. I just did a quick search online, and you can find other retailers selling it from around $30 to $60.
Now why do I love this silly contraption? It is light and so easy to set up. If my mother can set it up, anyone can set it up. The legs simply screw into the bottom of the table, and you are ready to go.
Anyone have any other picnic suggestions for this weekend? Wines, foods, equipment, good spots?
This week’s travel theme was about bridges. Now, I could have grabbed a few pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge or even the Bay Bridge here in San Francisco. I could have grabbed one of the many bridges in Chicago that crisscross the Chicago River. Instead, I chose a bridge that is located in one of the most beautiful places in the world according to me- Sleeping Bear Dunes, in Glen Arbor, Michigan.
There is something so special about going “Up North” for the weekend. As a child, I would spend the weekends playing with the other “cabin kids” from sun-up to sun-down. We would swim, bike, hike, and cook hot dogs over a bonfire. It was non-stop action all weekend long, and I remember being so upset every Sunday when I had to say goodbye to my summer friends for the week.
Now as an adult, I went “Up North” to dull the noises of adult life. From sitting on a quiet dock reading that really great book, to chatting fireside with a glass of locally made wine, or even getting married in Traverse City, this area has been a blessing for us as a couple and best friends.
If you ever get the chance to visit Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, please take the time and do the driving tour of Pierce Stocking Drive. Along your drive, you will see sweeping views of Lake Michigan, stunning sand dunes, and maybe a covered bridge.
So here is my bridge for this week’s travel theme.
While I am not complaining about the weather here in SF; I will say the cold, grey, rainy mess outside is making me a little blue. So in an effort to combat this, I decided to upload one of my favorite feel-good songs. I swear this one always gets me up dancing and singing along.
Guaranteed to get your toe tappin’ just a little bit!
Do you have a favorite song that always chases the blues away?
OK, here is the deal – I am not a fan of beer. Well actually, beer and my stomach are not fans of each other, so that is why I am not a fan of beer. I have been known to kick one back at the ballpark or hockey game. I will even say a nice cold one on a hot summer day will make me sigh in happiness. But after my one, I am done.
So why am I talking about beer here? Well it is the final weekend of Beer Week 2013 in San Francisco. And as much as my stomach dislikes beer, there are some really great events going on this weekend. And I have to say, most beer aficionados are good peeps. There is the occasion asshole in the bunch, and you the type of person I am talking about. And yes, I can say that, as I have one of those types of beer fanatics in the family.
In honor of Valentine’s Day, one of my favorite photos ever taken. How many of us had this poster on their bedroom or dorm room wall? Many a nights did I sigh over the kiss and the lovers in the … Continue reading →
A few weeks ago, Sara published a Weekly Photo Challenge on love, and this week, I siftedthrough and selected some submissions to share for Valentine’s Day. I know some of us don’t celebrate this day, or find such holidays rather cheesy, but I was intrigued by the different perspectives and takes on love and enjoyed your interpretations of this theme, from the traditional to the abstract.
I went for a quick hike recently at Sugarloaf Open Space in Walnut Creek. This is a great spot just outside of the downtown area. While I will say the space is not very large, it was still nice to get outside and move around. The hills were a bit steep in some areas, so bring a walking stick or make sure to take a break along the way. And it was a bit muddy when I was there, so bring your hiking shoes or a pair of old trainers.
I will also say there was a nice picnic table area and a few benches situated along the trails. Great for a light lunch or a quick snack. Also bring your camera along! Great views of Mt. Diablo off to the East.
And one quick picture from my visit. This spot made me long for a journal to write in, a good book to read, and possible a good glass of wine to watch the sunset.