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 Yosemite...you won't regret it.