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  • 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...
  • A home in a tree-trunk

    If you have visited the post on the Drive Thru (Chandelier ) Tree you know by now that Redwood trees can be enormous both in terms of height and width. Here’s something you may not have imagined ever; it is a house in a tree trunk, a full fledged...
  • A first time at strawberry picking

    It was going to be a sunny Sunday, said the weather forecast. So we thought we should spend the day out; maybe visit one of the places on our constantly growing list of places to check out. Now if you live in the San Francisco Bay area, you are...
  • Cherry Blossoms at the Japanese Tea Garden

    I remember the first time I saw Cherry Blossoms; it was in my mind’s eye. I was reading Memoirs of a Geisha and Arthur Golden (the author) had created such a beautiful picture with words that when I saw the movie of the same name a few years later,...
  • Japanese Tea Garden – II (Features and Symbolism)

    If you have ever been to a Japanese Garden, chances are that you will recognise one the next time you see one, just about anywhere. With their signature bridges, lanterns and Koi ponds, these gardens have ‘Japanese’ written all over them. The Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco also showcases...
  • Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco – I

    Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco. Check. This Japanese attraction had been on my list of places-to-visit ever since we did a five-hour city tour of San Francisco, back in 2010. I remember that September evening when a good chunk of the time allotted for De Young Museum and...
  • A whale-watching adventure in Monterey Bay

    Whale watching. It’s been something I was kind-of interested in until I accidentally saw a video from a whale watching trip. I don’t even know where the video was shot; even if I had read the few lines that preceded the video clip, the place mentioned moved to the...
  • A horse haven on the Santa Cruz Mountains

    I was there for the wine but it was the locale and the handsome riding horses at Cooper-Garrod that gave me a high that day. This ranch near Saratoga owned by the Coopers and Garrods seemed to have as many horses as a place would need to take visitors...
  • Exotic animals at Happy Hollow

    Do you know what this animal is? That is a Capybara. And would you believe it if I said that this creature is a rodent? Well, that is exactly what it is. The Capybara is also the largest rodent on the face of the earth. A board at Happy...
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