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Oh joy! San Francisco Bay Area and Environs, #10 2014 Trip

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

The first stopover in the SF Bay Area, has come and gone and this blog is long overdue. (I am now visiting dear Kathy, ATRANSFORMATION, in Folsom, Sacramento area. Stay tuned for #11 on my Sacramento area sojourn with Kathy and Vivian, MISS_VIV.)

So here are a few photos and reflections on the magical SF Bay Area and environs, with some beloved friends. One unfortunate photos omission is a sail boat race that Diana enjoyed being a part of, invited by our friend, Ira. Kaveri and I watched the race on the SF Bay and the four of us had dinner together at the Golden Gate Yacht Club afterwards.

Diana and I loved the day at Land's End coastal trail, Ocean Beach, and The Cliff House:

Another dear friend, Tricia, swooped me up to visit one of San Francisco's fine museums, the Legion of Honor, to enjoy two impressionist exhibits and lunch in the museum cafe:

BTW, this is a Paul Gauguin self-portrait

Beloved Annie came by Jnani's place to take Diana and I on a day trip to Bolinas:

Annie and Diana

Diana the goof-off!

Annie took the scenic route to the Golden Gate through The Presidio

A canopy of eucalyptus lines the roadway

For 218 years the Presidio served as an Army base for three nations; it is now a National Park

Aerial view (from the internet)

On the way to Bolinas, a wonderful mural in Fairfax in what used to be Good Earth Market (it has moved to a larger space)

Hi Annie!

Ahhhh...first view of the Bolinas Lagoon

The Lagoon

Bolinas Bay

The Lagoon dumping into the Bay

LOVE this natural food store!

Bolinas Peoples Store mascot perhaps?

We did lots of hiking on the mesa

Diana and Annie on the trail

Yoga sister Kaveri joined me'n'Diana for lunch at Jnani's:

A profound thought, I'm sure

Next up, five days at a wonderful cabin with Diana and Dawn:

Crossing the "new" San Francisco Bay Bridge

Old and new bridge (from the internet)

Crossing Altamont Pass

On the way to the cabin Dawn checking out produce at a fruit stand in the San Joaquin Valley, known as the "food basket of the world."

Finally we arrive to the cabin in Arnold, 4000' elevation, NE California, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains:

Somehow, "cabin" seemed like a rather humble description to me

Dawn brewing the morning coffee

An aside, speaking of coffee -- at the Big Trees Supermarket in Arnold I happened upon this coffee, which flooded me with memories of travel through the Andes to Chanchamayo, in the high jungle of Peru with Ricardo, a dear friend who had two brothers living there. We stayed with one and every morning we would toast some of the world-renowned coffee from a neighbor, a coffee grower, manually grind it, and brew an exquisite cup of coffee.

That's Diana outside our bathroom; each of us had an upstairs bedroom

Diana enjoying breakfast on the back deck

Dawn reading the Chronicle on the back deck

The first afternoon we walked down to the private lake which pertains to the housing association; Dawn swam every day; I got in the water, but didn't swim

Diana taking a picture at the lake

We went to Calaveras Big Trees State Park twice; the first day we finished the hike with a picnic sitting on a huge rock in the middle of a creek

The second visit was to the North Grove. The majestic Sequoias, such as the one behind Dawn and Diana, are awe-inspiring

A staircase up to a slice of a downed Sequoia

Leaving the park we crossed the Stanislaus River

And last but not least, a gathering of beloveds at the lovely home of Katherine and Duane:

Katherine, Diana, Duane, Jnani

Mochi, a very important member of the family

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CONNIECHANTS 5/3/2015 4:28PM

    Wonderful photos & trip!!! Sorry it too me so long to see them - I'm not great at keeping up with blogs.

Loved seeing photos of Diana, Dawn, Annie, & Katherine, and some of my favorite places! Loved the photos with the Sequoias! How I miss those majestic trees!!! & Bolinas!

Really enjoyed the 'trip'! Thank you for sharing them!
Love & Light. Connie

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MARJORIE368 7/15/2014 1:20AM

    Wow!! I do not know which pic I liked best. What a amazing journey! Thank you for sharing :-) emoticon

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 7/11/2014 3:07PM

    Just beautiful, I will have to head out that way again, may be just what I need. emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 7/10/2014 10:46AM

    Now THAT'S a TREE!! WOW!

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SNOWYOGA 7/10/2014 2:38AM

    Sounds amazing and loved your pictures too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BILLYCRASH 7/9/2014 8:59AM

  Hey Val,

Some really great pictures, especially the staircase to the Sequoia...hope to visit the Sequoias one day...You are a super lady, thanks for sharing your adventures...Take care, Later

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GOANNA2 7/9/2014 4:12AM

    Oh, WOW! What an amazing time with good friends.
Doesn't get any better than that, does it?
Thank you for taking us along and sharing your
amazing photos. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEACEFULONE 7/9/2014 1:25AM

    Wonderful! Wonderful! It was fun to read about your amazing trip. A great adventure with great friends-life doesn't get any better! Enjoy! Looking forward to the next installment. More happy trails...
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SUBMOM2 7/9/2014 1:13AM

    Great photos! You've made me realize there's so much of California I've yet to explore. Thanks for sharing the journey with us.

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EOSTAR_45 7/9/2014 12:15AM


What an adventure. Lots of amazing sights. So glad you are having a wonderful time. Pretty Awesome!

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DDOORN 7/8/2014 11:45PM

    Adventures with friends...could we ever get enough? Highly doubtful! :-)

What a GORGEOUS "cabin"!

Recently enjoyed a ride w/ MI Sparker WMUGRAD! :-)


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MISS_VIV 7/8/2014 11:31PM

    again, you have done a remarkable job with the pictures. Enjoyed every minute of it.


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JUST_BREATHE08 7/8/2014 11:18PM

    Absoluting emoticon !!! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/8/2014 9:04PM

    Amazing pics, amazing friends -- you are clearly having a marvellous time!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/8/2014 7:28PM

    Wow! What a great photo spread... although nothing matches BEING there, thanks for taking us along virtually! emoticon

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MELYROD18 7/8/2014 6:06PM

    emoticon THANK YOU FOR SHARING. emoticon

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