Goats! Harley Farms, Pescadero

I have a weakness for goat cheese, so as soon as I heard about Harley Farms Goat Dairy in Pescadero (and their award-winning goat cheese), I added the farm to our “must-visit” list.  After our visit this past week, I’m glad we did… and we’ll definitely be going back! During this trip, we simply walked around the grounds and shopped for cheese in the excellent … Continue reading Goats! Harley Farms, Pescadero

Camping: Juniper Campground, Mount Diablo State Park

Mount Diablo is the perfect place for those of you in the Bay Area who want a quick mountain escape, but who aren’t up for the three-four hours it takes to get to the Sierra Nevada’s.  At 3000 feet elevation, the views from Juniper Campground are stunning.  Of course, this is also a great campground for those from out of the area, looking for an … Continue reading Camping: Juniper Campground, Mount Diablo State Park

Rock City: Mount Diablo State Park

Love this place!! Great for both kids and adults… huge sandstone rock formations to climb, small caves to explore, gorgeous views, fun hiking trails… what’s not to like?? You’ll find Rock City in Mount Diablo State Park, on South Gate Road, near the Live Oak Campground.  For more information about Mount Diablo, visit the website… Mount Diablo State Park. Photos from our visit, June 21st … Continue reading Rock City: Mount Diablo State Park

Yoda Statue: Lucasfilm Headquarters, San Francisco

For my young Padawan, we made the pilgrimage to the Lucasfilm Headquarters in the Presidio to see the life-sized Yoda statue…. Photos taken June 20th, 2013 *** Interested in going?  You’ll find the Yoda fountain in front of the Lucasfilm Headquarters, located in the Presidio, at 1 Letterman Drive, San Francisco.  There is a security guard in the parking lot.  Simply tell them you’re there … Continue reading Yoda Statue: Lucasfilm Headquarters, San Francisco

Our Favorite Camping Treat: Nutella S’mores!

It’s always frustrated me a bit that when making s’mores while out camping, the chocolate just doesn’t melt.  I know how to roast a perfect marshmallow, melted completely in the middle, wonderfully gooey and creamy, with a nice, light brown shell.  But the chocolate has always been an issue.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  Chocolate in any form is delicious.  I’m not real picky about … Continue reading Our Favorite Camping Treat: Nutella S’mores!

Framed: Step Into Art Exhibit, Bay Area Discovery Museum

If you are in the area and have the opportunity, I highly suggest you take your little ones to the Bay Area Discover Museum in Sausalito to play in the “Framed:  Step into Art” exhibit, which will be on display until September 8th, 2013.  We’re fortunate, in that this is this is the second time we’ve been able to check out this great exhibit.  It … Continue reading Framed: Step Into Art Exhibit, Bay Area Discovery Museum

Curves: Wave Workshop, Bay Area Discovery Museum

Photos from the Wave Workshop at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito.  My son loves this exhibit.  Kids can create boats from the foam geometric shapes, turn on the fan (wind), and find out how their boats perform on the water.  My son will refine and tweak his boat over and over in an attempt to design a boat that will float down the … Continue reading Curves: Wave Workshop, Bay Area Discovery Museum

Squirrel: On the Screen Door

I keep moving our bird feeder around our backyard, trying to find a location where the squirrels cannot attack it from.  I’m failing.  I’ve moved it so the squirrels cannot jump from the fence, but now they simply climb the backyard screen door and leap from there.  As you can see, the brave little critter is right by my computer desk, watching me to see … Continue reading Squirrel: On the Screen Door

Camping: San Mateo Memorial Park

OK, I have to admit, I absolutely love camping and hiking in the redwoods.  There’s something about those trees… so huge, ancient, beautiful, peaceful.  I already have a few favorite campgrounds located in the coastal redwoods, but now I have a new one to add to my list… San Mateo Memorial Park, located in the mountains above Pescadero, between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz.  … Continue reading Camping: San Mateo Memorial Park

Geology for Kids: Crystal Mining Excavation Kit

My son recently received the 4M Kidz Labs Crystal Mining science kit for his birthday.  He LOVES these excavation kits (see this post about a similar kit, also made by 4M.. Paleontology Play:  Dinosaur Skeleton Excavation Kit – Velociraptor). My son is super into rocks and minerals these days, so this was a timely gift.  The kit comes with eight different kinds of crystals, hidden … Continue reading Geology for Kids: Crystal Mining Excavation Kit

Crown Memorial State Beach, Alameda

I participated in a super fun 5K run (See Jane Run Women’s Half Marathon and 5K San Francisco Bay Area) yesterday morning at Crown Memorial State Beach / Crab Cove in Alameda. What a gorgeous place to run! There’s a paved trail that runs along the bay (the beach is 2.5 miles long!), perfect for strollers or a bike ride with the kids.  I’ve been … Continue reading Crown Memorial State Beach, Alameda

Squirrels: Waiting

These two are such a nuisance.  Now they’ve taken to sitting on the fence, one on each wall, watching me, waiting patiently for me to leave.  I’m sure the second I’m away from the window, they’ll attack the bird feeder. Looks as if I may have to try one or two of these “Tips for Outwitting Squirrels” from the National Wildlife Federation… http://www.nwf.org/News-and-Magazines/National-Wildlife/Birds/Archives/2010/Squirrels. I’m hoping … Continue reading Squirrels: Waiting

This Sunday! Butterfly & Bird Festival, Coyote Hills

If you live in the San Francisco area, and you’re into butterflies, I suggest you head to Coyote Hills Regional Park this Sunday (June 9th, 2013) for the annual Butterfly & Bird Festival.  We’ve attended this for the last three years and always love it!  See what I wrote about our visit last year…  Monarchs!  Butterfly & Bird Festival, Coyote Hills, Fremont. When:  June 9th, … Continue reading This Sunday! Butterfly & Bird Festival, Coyote Hills

Bay Area Train Rides: Niles Canyon Railway

Love trains?  Check out this railway with beautiful views located in the San Francisco East Bay…. the Niles Canyon Railway.  You have the option to board in Sunol or Niles for a round trip (out and back) trip.  We rode on the “Education Train”, which is popular with school groups, but other excursions that look fun include the Spring Wildflower Trains and Livermore Valley Wine … Continue reading Bay Area Train Rides: Niles Canyon Railway