Monday, November 8, 2010

The Giants Won the World Series and More Things I Missed

So, I've been slacking on the blog lately. Things have been happening and I haven't been posting about them. Maybe it's just because I know that I won't be going anywhere for a while, so I don't want to "rub it in." If you are traveling soon or have been traveling...I'm so jealous!

Anyway, if you hadn't heard (and if you haven't, I don't know how you missed it) baseball's San Francisco Giants won their first World Series since moving to the West Coast back in the 1950s. I watched the month-long playoffs (since the last MLB expansion the division and championship series of games now last about a month, pushing the World Series into November) and they were very exciting, especially the World Series itself. In the end, the Giants won and I was happy (as was the BF.) There was a parade in San Francisco last week for the Giants, and I hope you got to see it or be in it...or just be there. Winning is exciting unless, of course, you're the loser.

The de Young Museum in Golden Gae Park is currently hosting the exhibit "Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post-Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay," which runs through January 18. The de Young is the only North American museum to host this exhibit.

The Conservatory of Flowers, also located in Golden Gate Park, will be presenting an all new Garden Railway display starting on November 19 and running through March 23, 2011. The exhibit is in celebration of the Conservatory's 140th anniversary.

In April and May 2011 the program Saving the Bay will be broadcast in four parts nationally on PBS stations. The highly rated and critically acclaimed Saving the Bay originally premiered on KQED in two parts last year. The program is narrated by Robert Redford and traces the Bay from its origins to conservation efforts today.

The Yosemite Fund and the Yosemite Association have merged into a new organization, the Yosemite Conservancy. The new Yosemite Conservancy was launched in June 2010 with a special even in Yosemite Valley. This new organization combines the efforts of the previous individual organization and increases their capacity to preserve and protect Yosemite National Park. The have also launched a new website for this new organization.

Those are just some of the things that have been happening that I haven't been posting on. So, now you know.

On another note, my parents just completed a three week trek to the Western US. They did not, I repeat, did not go to Yosemite...unless you count turning around at the Tioga entrance "going to Yosemite." It was cold and rainy and, as they got to higher elevations, the rain turned to ice. The ranger at the entrance said the road "might" be closed by CalTrans, so my parents turned around. I'm probably more sorry than they are that they didn't go to Yosemite. Now, don't get me wrong, they got to go to all sorts of other places, including Yellowstone National Park, so it's not like they didn't see anything spectacular or interesting on their vacation. However, having been to Yosemite, I can't imagine anything more impressive. So, don't get turned away as my parents did, go to won't regret it.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Butterflies in Pacific Grove

The month of October marks the annual return of the Monarch Butterflies to Pacific Grove. The monarchs winter in this beautiful Monterey County town, enjoying the mild temperatures and lush greenery of the area. To pay homage to this annual occurrence, Pacific Grove is kicking off the month of October with their annual Butterfly Parade and Butterfly Bazaar this Saturday, October 2. On Sunday, October 3, many of the beautiful Victorian homes of Pacific Grove will be open for a Historic Homes Tour. Pacific Grove established the Monarch Grove Butterfly Sanctuary in 1990 and the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History staffs the sanctuary with volunteer docents who provide information about the monarchs.

While in the area be sure to visit Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, another hangout for the butterflies a little further down the coast from Pacific Grove. Point Lobos offers many outdoor activities as well as stunning scenery.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

You Otter Enter The Monterey Bay Aquarium's Contest

Sorry, I couldn't resist the title.

Enter to win the Monterey Bay Aquarium's Otter U Sweepstakes to win a prize package that's all about otters. As you may know, I love otters, so this contest is right up my alley. The contest only runs through the end of September, so hurry up and get your entries in (entries are online only). The prize package includes the following:

  • A night for two at Casa Munras Hotel & Spa located right in the heart of Old Town Monterey
  • Two tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium
  • A behind-the-scenes viewing of sea otter feeding
  • A two-hour sea otter tracking adventure on land
  • A kayaking trip on Monterey Bay
  • Gift certificate for the Aquarium Gift & Bookstore
Good luck, but I hope I win. ;-)

Side note: Otter Days at the Aquarium is coming up September 25-26.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Outside Lands 2010 - San Francisco

San Francisco's Golden Gate Park is host to the third annual Outside Lands Festival. The festival is mainly a music festival, but includes art, wine and food. This year's festival, August 14-15, is reduced from three days the previous two years...single day passes are $75 and 2-day passes $140. However, iTunes is sponsoring a contest via Facebook, where you can enter to win airfare, accommodations and tickets to the festival (both days) for two. Enter to win the contest on the iTunes Facebook page. You also get the opportunity for a free download of an Outside Lands music sampler. Some of the musical acts performing at this year's festival include Kings of Leon, Al Green, My Morning Jacket, and The Strokes, among many others. If you get the chance to attend this festival, let me know.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

New Blog Design

Let me know what you think about the new blog design. I like it, but there are a few things I'd like to change. I did like the previous look, but wanted to try and freshen up the look. Below is a picture of the old blog look.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Chefs vs. City: San Francisco

I'm currently watching an episode of "Chefs vs. City" on the Food Network. If you've never seen this show it's similar to "The Amazing Race" except with food. The Food Network chefs compete with local chefs to win different food related challenges as they traverse various well known spots in the contest city. For the San Francisco episode they start from Pier 39, then proceed to the Ferry Building, which us home to a vibrant foodie scene with various shops, a farmer's market and restaurants. Their next stop is Chinatown for some traditional (and gross) dim sum. Then it's on to make sourdough bread at the Boudin Bakery at Fisherman's Wharf. Boudin has great sourdough and tasty food. Their location at Fisherman's Wharf also houses their museum, where you can learn about the "mother dough"--the original sourdough starter still used today. The teams head to the Sunset District restaurant, Old Mandarin, to try one of the spiciest dishes in the country. Not sure where else the teams will go, but definitely keep an eye out for this episode and check out these interesting spots the next time you're in San Francisco. Bon appetit and happy travels.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hurry! Enter to Win a Trip to California

Southwest Airlines is sponsoring a free trip via the California Tourism website. It's an online game where you spin and travel around California. There are several trivia questions to answer. For each correct answer, you get one additional entry into the sweepstakes. Unfortunately, I didn't know about this contest sooner, so time to enter is almost up. Hurry up and get your entries in. Good luck!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Promises, Promises...

I've been promising new posts for some time. I apologize for the delay, but life seems to get in the way all too frequently. I will definitely have some new posts coming your way soon. Stay tuned!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Artichokes Are In Season!

To me, the artichoke is a quintessentially Californian vegetable. The California climate is uniquely suited to growing this Mediterranean thistle and nearly 100% of the artichokes in the U.S. are grown in California (the majority of which are grown in Monterey County). I love artichokes, especially fresh artichokes. So, I'm quite excited that April is the peak month in the prime globe artichoke growing season. Tonight I prepared grilled artichokes for dinner (pictured above). This is not the first time I fixed artichokes, but it is the first time I grilled them. They were delicious! I plan to have them tomorrow night too, and as often as I can get fabulous, fresh artichokes. When visiting Monterey County you will find many restaurants featuring Castroville artichokes, so make sure to try'll definitely like them. For some great tips on preparing artichokes and recipes, visit the largest grower of fresh artichokes in the U.S., Ocean Mist Farms.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Marine Protected Areas

San Diego Bay is home to California's only seahorse species, the Pacific Seahorse. You can take action and help protect the seahorse, as well as other aquatic life in Southern California's waters, by asking the Fish and Game Commission to create a new Marine Protected Areas.

Marine Protected Areas are designed to preserve important undersea habitats, similar to a state or national park designation for land. Creating these safety zones for marine life will aid in their recovery from the depredations of humans. The benefits of Marine Protected Areas are more abundant fish, plants and other marine life, which aids the rest of the open ocean.

The Fish and Game Commission will be meeting in Monterey on April 7, so please take action by signing the Monterey Bay Aquarium's letter to the Commission's president. Help make sure that the current proposal, known as the Integrated Preferred Alternative, is not weakened at the upcoming meeting.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

In the Pink with the Monterey Bay Aquarium

Those who know me know that pink is my favorite color. So, I'm quite excited to see the new pink themed exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. "Hot Pink Flamingos: Story of Hope in a Changing Sea" is the new exhibit opening on March 29. The exhibit spans seven galleries and focuses on global climate change and its affects on ocean animals including tropical wading birds, sea turtles, jellies, Magellanic penguins, and many other ocean animals. The exhibit will also invite visitors to join others around the world taking small, yet important, steps to help lessen the impact of climate change.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

"Big Sur: Wild California," National Geographic Channel

Big Sur, a display of majestic beauty rising abruptly from the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean to the peaks of the Santa Lucia Mountains is an amazing place. From tidal pools teaming with life to the rugged peaks and valleys of the mountains covered by coastal redwoods and coastal fog, diverse flora and fauna make their homes in this region.
I just got finished watching "Big Sur: Wild California" on the National Geographic Channel. It showcased the natural beauty of the Central Coast and was especially gorgeous in HD. The program followed the denizens of land and sea, especially focusing on the California Sea Otter and the California Condor. I especially love that it showed the otters, including an otter pup and his mother. The program also showed the dangers inherent in nature and those especially unique to this coastal region. If you get the opportunity to watch this program, I highly recommend it. However, be warned that it is not all cute animals and gorgeous landscapes, as it shows the cruelty of nature and the cycle of life.
Highway 1 snakes along the coast between the Pacific and the mountains, bringing visitors from near and far to partake of the breathtaking landscape. If you get the opportunity to visit this region, you won't be sorry. Whether you are into outdoor activities or just sightseeing, there is plenty for all to see and do. Big Sur is home to nine state parks including Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos State Reserve. The National Geographic Channel program is just a small glimpse of what this region has to offer.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Alcatraz Island: The Rock - Part I

This visit to California I finally made it to Alcatraz. Fortunately, I picked the best day weather-wise for the trip to "The Rock." Alcatraz Island is located in the San Francisco Bay 1.5 miles offshore from the city of San Francisco. The island can be very cold and windy and since that, along with incessant rain, was the weather throughout my vacation, I was quite happy it was not raining and sunny for my visit.

Alcatraz is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and is operated by the National Park Service. While the island itself is free, the boat ride to the island is not. You will need to book tickets for the cruise to Alcatraz through Alcatraz Cruises. I highly suggest you book tickets in advance so that you get the time you want. If you book tickets online you can print them immediately, so there's no need to pick them up at will call. Tickets can be booked online up to 90 days out. Make sure that you allow several hours so that you can see everything and also do the free cell house audio tour if you want.

Tours to Alcatraz take off from Alcatraz Landing at Pier 33. There are numerous parking lots nearby with varying prices; the lots closest to Pier 33 tend to be higher in price than if you go a few blocks away. You can also park near Pier 39 and walk to the Alcatraz departure point.

I booked my ticket online for Alcatraz the day before my tour and printed my own ticket out. I parked in a garage a few blocks away that had a fairly reasonable (by San Francisco standard) flat rate. Pier 33 houses an Alcatraz gift shop as well as a snack bar. You queue up for the ferry ride to the island outside. Just like all the major tourist attractions I've been to lately, they try to take your picture prior to you boarding the ferry, so that they can sell it to you on your return. I am completely annoyed by this trend, if I want my picture taken I will either take it myself or have someone else take it. So, note to tourist attractions...stop this annoying practice.

Even though it was my best weather day on vacation, that doesn't mean it was without rain. Fortunately, it stopped raining a little after the boat arrived at Alcatraz, but not before several rainbows were created over the Bay.

Since my visit to Alcatraz was the nicest weather day, I have tons of pictures from the island. There will be more about my visit in a few other posts.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Test Post

Testing my new blog app on my iPhone to see how easy it is to write and post. So far so easy.

I'll also add a picture previewing one of my upcoming posts.

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Location:Off the grid

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Shark Days

I know a lot of people are fascinated by sharks and others are afraid of them. I don't fall into either camp, but I do appreciate their place in the ecosystem. My favorite denizen of the sea is, of course, the California Sea Otter. However, unlike the sea otter, sharks are probably some of the most misunderstood creatures in the sea. The Monterey Bay Aquarium will be hosting Shark Days the weekend of February 20-21 to shed light on some of the mystery. There will be many special activities and events, as well as a behind the scenes tour of the Aquarium's shark (reservations available online.)

Monday, February 1, 2010

New Posts Coming Soon...I Promise

So, I've been back from vacation for a week now. I've downloaded my photos and will be writing several new posts. I can tell you one thing, my vacation was very wet. It rained every day that I was gone, so I had to base my activities on keeping dry and warm. Now, I know that the winter months are the wetter months in California; however, the rain during my vacation was quite outside the norm.

I am, however, excited to be able to write about several new topics, since I got to go to some places I hadn't been before in San Francisco. Unfortunately, I did not make it to Mendocino as I had hoped, but I certainly plan to go there in the future...maybe some September or October...when it's sunny and warm.

I'll leave you with a photo of one of the funnier sights I saw while in San Francisco.

No offense intended to anyone who likes their hair color to match their raincoat.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

So Much for Sunny California

So far my trip to California has been all wet...really wet. It has rained every day that I've been here and looks to continue raining for the next two days. Granted, I'm not in Southern California, but that wouldn't make any difference. It's pretty much raining all over the state. Storm drains are flooded, waterfalls can be seen dropping from buildings and rushing rivers run in the streets next to the sidewalks. Did I mention it's raining?

On the bright side (and there is one) it's warmer than back home in Ohio (by at least twenty degrees) and I'm on vacation (which is always a bright side.) Now, for the real bright side of the rain...the rainbows. It rains a lot back home, so heavy rain and thunderstorms are nothing I'm not used to; however, seeing a rainbow is not that common. I've seen two in the past two days!

The first rainbow I saw was in San Francisco while driving down Lombard Street (the "crookedest" street in the city/state/world.) I looked up and there was a rainbow arching over Coit Tower.

Unfortunately, I didn't have my telephoto lens on my camera, but I was able to capture the rainbow. The picture looks fantastic when you see it full can really see the rainbow.

Today, while driving on El Camino Real in San Mateo I saw my second rainbow in two days! I was able to capture the rainbow with my iPhone. The photo doesn't do the rainbow justice, nor does it capture the beauty and scope of the rainbow.

This rainbow was unusual, although you can't really tell from my photo. This rainbow was a full arc from the Belmont hills on the left to the San Francisco Bay on the right. I could see the rainbow starting on one side and ending over on the other side. The closer I got to the rainbow, you could see a beautiful pink glow on the left where the rainbow started. Like I said, my photo doesn't do it justice, but it does at least capture this unusual phenomenon.

So, while my vacation has been dampened by rain, it has been brightened by the rainbows. And, maybe if I'm really lucky, I'll find a pot of gold...after all, California is the "Golden State."

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I'm On My Way...

Well, I am on my way to California. Literally. I am writing this post from the airplane. This is the first flight that I've been on that offered the wi-fi service, so I'm excited to have this opportunity to post from above. I am somewhere in the middle of the US. As I look out my window I see some snow covered peaks, but I'm not sure where I am. It's a little over two hours into the flight, so the flight is about halfway over. So far it has been fairly turbulent. Not the worst I've experienced, but certainly not the smooth ride we all hope for. They're just resuming cabin service after it had to be suspended due to a patch of turbulence. Hopefully, the rest of the flight will be somewhat smoother, but the pilot said it would be pretty bumpy the whole way. More posts to follow once I am actually in California. In the meantime, I'm going to sit back and relax and try to enjoy my flight as much as possible.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Only Four More Days and I'm Late Packing

Well, my next trip to California will be starting in four days. Am I ready? Yes. Am I ready? No. I am beyond ready to go on vacation, but have not even begun to figure out what I'm taking.

Normally, I pick clothes out at least a week ahead or more. I start with a huge pile, stack them on the bed next to my suitcase. Then, I go through the clothes and weed stuff out. Then, I pack the clothes in my suitcase, leaving it in the suitcase for a few days. I then go back through the clothes in the suitcase trying to make sure everything I'm taking I want to take and that I have everything I need to take. I try to pack only one suitcase, because I prefer to only have carry-on. Carry-on baggage saves time at the airport and, these days, saves money.

I also always check the TSA website ("What to Know Before You Go") before I leave to make sure there are no updates to the security rules and regulations. So, besides my suitcase I usually have a tote or a purse that falls within guidelines so that I can carry on some reading material, my iPod, noise canceling headphones, and my netbook (so I can write blog posts on vacation). I also save time at the airport by checking in online the day before; you can generally check-in 24 hours in advance. That way I don't have to wait in lines at the airport. If you do a little advance planning, your trip will get off to a much smoother start.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Sea Lions Anniversary Postponed at Pier 39

Since the majority of the sea lions have left their home hangout at Pier 39, the Pier has decided to postpone the celebration of their arrival 20 years ago. The Pier and the Marine Mammal Center plan a bigger celebration later on this year when the sea lions (hopefully) return to their San Francisco home. However, the Marine Mammal Center docents will still be available on Friday, January 15 and Saturday, January 16 by the K-Dock at Pier 39 to provide information about the sea lions and their recent unusual behavior.

Free in San Francisco - Part 2

When talking about free things to see and do in San Francisco there are many options. In this post are some of the more scenic options (though the very scenic Marin Headlands were mentioned in my last post.)

See the San Francisco Botanical Gardens for free in Golden Gate Park.

It is free to visit Golden Gate Park and there are many activities in the park that are free. You can visit the Strybing Arboretum & Botanical Gardens. The San Francisco Botanical Gardens has over 7,000 varieties of plants from around the world, so there is always something pretty to see no matter the season. There are free, daily docent-led tours of the botanical gardens and a free children's story time held on the first and third Sundays.

Flowers seen in May at the Botanical Garden.

You can also, for free, see the bison who live in Golden Gate Park at the Bison Paddock. And not too far away is the Dutch Windmill with the Queen Wilhelmina Tulip Garden.

A Golden Gate Park resident at the Bison Paddock.

The towering Dutch Windmill is 75 feet tall.

Drive up the hill from Golden Gate Park along the Great Highway (turns into Point Lobos Avenue) with the Pacific Ocean bordering on your left. You will quickly reach the restored Cliff House and the adjacent ruins of the Sutro Baths in the Sutro Historic District. Park rangers and docents lead walking tours for those interested in either the natural or cultural history of the area.

Use some of the money you've been saving to dine at the Cliff House.

Work up and appetite or burn calories exploring the Sutro bath ruins.

Back in the Marina District past the Presidio you can find the Exploratorium and the Palace of Fine Arts. The Exploratorium is not free, except on the first Wednesday of each month, but it doesn't cost to walk around the grounds and view the remaining structures from the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition.

Palace of Fine Arts is located in the Marina District.

One of the best ways to see San Francisco and its many sights is by driving the 49 Mile Scenic Drive. Best of all, it's free! The drive starts at the Civic Center and ends at SFO. It covers much territory and many sights in between. According to an article published several years ago by the San Francisco Chronicle, the entire drive takes about four hours...without stops. When you;ve reached the end of the drive, be sure to visit the San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library & Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum located at SFO, admission is free. The airport also has many art exhibits located throughout its terminals.

Coit Tower is a popular tourist destination.

Coit Tower, situated atop Telegraph Hill, offers spectacular views of the city; while not free to take the elevator to the top (admission is $5.00) you can enter for free to view the 1930s era murals depicting the common worker as as well daily life in San Francisco.

The murals were a New Deal Public Works of Art Project.

Due to the topography of San Francisco, you actually don't need to visit Coit Tower's observation deck to get spectacular views of the city. Telegraph Hill is situated high enough to offer up fantastic views without the additional height of the tower. However, if you can swing it, definitely go to the observation deck as the views are unmatched. Coit Tower has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2008.

Views from atop Telegraph Hill.

Spectacular views offered from the observation deck of Coit Tower.

One things to keep in mind is that a lot of the attractions in San Francisco have free or discounted admission for kids and/or seniors. There are also several options to get reduced admission to multiple attractions and transportation by purchasing discount cards such as the Go San Francisco Card or the San Francisco City Pass.

Finally, neither this post nor my previous post are by any means a comprehensive listing of things to see or do for free in San Francisco. If you know of things that are fantastic and free, let me know and I'll include them in a future post.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Free in San Francisco

In a previous post I mentioned some things to do around San Francisco and other California locales that are free. For this post I'm focusing exclusively on free things in San Francsico. Some of the museums in San Francisco that offer free admission on special days are the deYoung Museum, the Legion of Honor, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (free on the first Tuesday); California Academy of Sciences (free on the third Wednesday); the Exploratorium (free on the first Wednesday); and the Asian Art Museum offers free admission on "Target First Free Sundays." This year SFMOMA turns 75, so in celebration of their anniversary is offering free admission the weekend of January 16 through Monday, January 18.

DeYoung Musem offers free admission on the first Tuesday.

California Academy of Sciences is free on the third Wednesday.

The Cartoon Art Museum offers "pay what you want" on the first Tuesday of the month. The San Francisco Railway Museum and the Cable Car Museum both offer free admission, as well as a look into the heritage of these public transportation options. Also offering free admission is The Randall Museum, operated by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, and featuring a variety of changing and interactive exhibits, as well as permanent areas that include a live animal area, a wood shop, art and ceramics studios, a lapidary workshop, a 188-seat theater, a greenhouse, and gardens. The Wells Fargo History Museum offers both free admission and a free audio tour. The Pacific Heritage Museum, currently featuring the exhibit "The Art of Tea - China and Beyond" is another museum offering free admission.

See behind the scenes of cable car operation at the Cable Car Museum.

San Francisco is a beautiful city that offers many sights besides museums. While there may be extras that cost money, there are also many ways to enjoy these sights without paying any fees. The most obvious way to see the sights is to take a self-guided tour. There are free maps of San Francisco that you can pick up at the visitor's center or from newspaper boxes that line the streets, especially near Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39.

You can walk across the Golden Gate Bridge (it costs a toll to drive across.) Once on the Marin side of the bridge, visit the Marin Headlands. They offer spectacular views and are free to visit. Back on the other side of the Bridge you can visit the Presidio and Fort Point for free. You can also take advantage of many free places to see and things to do throughout the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

View of San Francisco from the Marin Headlands.

View of the Golden Gate Bridge from Fort Point.

The San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park is free if you don't plan to board any of the vessels at the Hyde Street Pier, but is a reasonable $5.00 (valid for seven days) if you want to explore the vessels in more depth. As of October 2009, admission to the vessels is free on the first Sunday of the month. Also part of maritime history are the World War II submarine USS Pampanito and the World War II Liberty Ship S.S. Jeremiah O'Brien which are both located at Pier 45. These two vessels are not free to board, but you can view them for free from the pier.
The Musee Mecanique is also located at Pier 45 and admission is free.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Eleven Days and Counting...

Vacation starts in only 11 I ready, I ready, no. I am so ready to go on vacation, especially since it is cold and snowy at home with more snow on the horizon. However, I have a lot of things that need to be done to get ready, including things at work. So, I will be very busy for the next 11 days both at home and at work. Especially since I still need finish researching new places I might want to go.

One of the places I may be going is to a ski resort. Not that I probably will be skiing (I'm way too klutzy), but the BF skis and wants to go. So, I might be gong to a ski resort. I'm not sure what else there is to do at a ski resort besides ski, but I will certainly let you know. One thing I do know is that it still won't be as cold at the snowy ski resort as it is at home in Ohio. And, that's a good thing.

Monday, January 4, 2010

A Few Sea Lions Return to Pier 39...

A few sea lions showed up on the morning of January 4 to their normal hangout spot at Pier 39. Maybe they are waiting for the Pier to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their arrival on January 15.

They're back! A group of sea lions was spotted this morning h... on Twitpic

Speculation is rampant as to where the sea lions have gone, but at least the Pier 39 website is back to running the sea lion webcam. Hopefully there will soon be lots of sea lions to view.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Less Than Two Weeks to California

Well, barely less than two next trip starts on the 16th. Since, it's very cold at home today (it was 9 degrees when I woke up), I am looking forward to knowing it won't be that cold while I'm on vacation. I'm also looking forward to the many fun things I hope to see and do while in California.

Tuthankamen's famous burial mask, on display in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Photo Credit: Bjørn Christian Tørrissen

One of the thing that I know I will be doing is going to the "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs" exhibit at the DeYoung. I've been looking forward to this exhibit and am happy that I'm actually going to be able to see it. Apparently, with the purchase of your ticket to the exhibit, you get a Pharaoh's Gold Card offering discounts at some participating Bay Area restaurant and retail merchants. Discounts always help ease the pain of ticket prices...hopefully I'll be able to use at least one discount while I'm in San Francisco.

In conjunction with the King Tut exhibit, the DeYoung's sister museum, the Legion of Honor, is hosting the exhibit: "Very Postmortem: Mummies and Medicine." The Legion is also currently hosting the exhibit "Cartier and America" and, since I also make jewelry, I am interested in seeing the Cartier exhibit. However, I am most interested in seeing the King Tut exhibit--which runs until March 28--so I know for sure I will be seeing it.

More on what I'll be doing in upcoming posts.