The hills are alive again

Patterson Pass

East of San Francisco Bay Area in California lies a mountain range known for its considerably low hills that are dry in the summer but turn green when winter rains call upon the area. This chain of hills called the Diablo Range is alive again thanks to the many storms … Read>>

Our World: Point Reyes Beach North

It’s winter here, the kind that is true to Northern California,with low temperatures and snow on the mountain ranges and foothills, and of course rain. This year winter seems to be serving California with so much rain that some areas in the state have tasted flood and many other places … Read>>

MondayMural: Found on utility boxes

Utility box mural

Utility Box Artwork: For this week’s Monday Mural, I have a couple utility box artwork from the roadsides of Livermore and San Luis Obispo. Both are drive-by shots. The first (pic above) is a piece of public art found on Holmes Street in Livermore, California. I just learnt that the … Read>>

Vistas from California’s ‘Devil Mountain’

Several Springs ago, we had driven to the top of Mt. Hamilton and seen Santa Clara Valley from a height of 4,200 odd feet. Then last Fall, in what was like a follow-up trip, we drove up the same range, this time to the top of Hamilton’s little brother Mt. … Read>>

OurWorld: Greek and Roman touch to San Francisco

  Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco. That is what this exquisite piece of art is called. This structure, which takes inspiration from Greek and Roman architecture was originally built for the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915. It continues to give San Francisco a Greek and Roman touch.  Today, the … Read>>

A hike into Elephant Seal territory

If Winter has passed it means breeding season is done and it is time for molting. Spring and Summer months mean a good time to visit Elephant Seal habitat because this is when the Northern Elephant seals settle down on shore, bask in the warm sun and let go their … Read>>

Now that the spring is in the air…

Now that the spring is in the air, Vasona Park in Los Gatos – California is a place to visit if you love wild flowers and if you live in or are visiting the San Francisco Bay Area. We picnicked there last spring and had a delightful day. How could … Read>>

The Lone Cypress

Called the Lone Cypress, this tree is believed to have survived in its rocky environs for over 250 years. This tree can be seen when you go on the 17 Mile Drive in Monterey, California. Linked to OurWorldTuesday Places near The Lone Cypress/ 17 Mile Drive You might also want … Read>>

A redwood route for a hike with a tyke

When you’re a parent, especially of children five and under, hiking is an activity you push aside thinking of the  hassles and the dangers that may come your way. Add to that the burden of those mom bags (crammed with snacks, diapers and extra set of clothes among other things) … Read>>