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Yesterday I discovered even the trees here in Marin like to hug each other!
San Francisco Summer Style – Fog!
Thank you to the organizers of Wordless Wednesday!
Inspired by the beautiful weather and my Twitter friends, I decided to go on a bike ride today. If you are not an avid roadie or a hard core Mountain Biker (like Celia) then this kind of ride is for you. A nice, mellow, beautiful ride around Sausalito.
The most challenging part of my ride today was getting my bike on top of my car. I live up a really, really steep hill and am too chicken to ride down that hill and way too out of shape to ride up it. So I needed my car to get my bike the 1/2 mile down the road. I’m short, the bike rack is tall, getting the bike in the rack is challenging, but I did it! Yes, I really am short. For some reason, my virtual friends always assume I am tall and are surprised when they meet me in person. My avatar must look tall or something. I’m 5’3″.
I started my ride on the new Tam Valley bike path located along Tennessee Valley Road.
I then found myself surrounded by flowers on the Mill Valley Bike path as I headed toward Sausalito.
Did you know about this little secret beach in Sausalito? Why did I not discover this place when the kids were little?
I pedaled along the water front path that winds in and out of Sausalito and the boardwalk and happened upon this fun work of art. An art car!
Then I found the entrances to this cool neighborhood. The people who live here must be cool with mail boxes like this!
Found more beautiful flowers along the public boardwalk in Sausalito.
Glanced over and saw San Francisco being wrapped in fog. Glanced away before I spent too much time remembering tomorrow is Monday and I have to be on the other side of the Bay early tomorrow morning. Brought myself back in to the present moment of appreciating all the beauty surrounding me.
I turned around and started heading back home, noticed Mt. Tam in the distance and thought of my friend Maria who inspired this ride by all of her beautifully written blog posts about Mt. Tam and biking.
As I headed back on the path I stopped to take a few more shots of Mt. Tam.
One last shot before I headed home to my empty nest to make some kale chips to eat while blogging.
Thank you to all of my Twitter friends who inspire me everyday to get off of the computer, get up and move!
I have not had much time to blog lately so here is a quick update on what has been happening.
1. Empty Nest – I’m about to have an official empty nest. All 3 kids are off to college as of this weekend. Big changes around the home front. No dependents except for my old dog that seems to be aging rapidly. We had to put a baby gate up so he wouldn’t fall down the stairs. He does not like the baby gate at all!
2. Commuting – I am still commuting in to the city everyday via bus and taking photos as I cross over the Golden Gate Bridge. Even though I have lived here for almost 20 years I never stop being amazed by the beauty and the weather of the San Francisco Bay Area. It changes every day! To see the photos I take click LIKE on my Facebook page: (a little secret: I look forward to seeing who likes my photos every morning on FB. It gives me something to look forward to on my early morning commute. Thank you to those who take the time to click LIKE each day, it means a lot to me.)
3. Social Media – I’m trying out Paper.li an automatically generated online newspaper that is created from my Twitter feed. I pick the people, Paper.li chooses the content. You can follow it here.
4. Celia was recently featured on Success and Chocolate! (I’ll wait while you go read the interview.)
How has your summer been? What are you plans for the Fall?
Trivia: How to Prepare Kale Chips is still my all time number ONE most visited blog post.
Ivy growing in newspaper stand.
Happy Anniversary Golden Gate Bridge!
The Golden Gate Bridge is celebrating its 75th Anniversary on Sunday, May 27th!
Lots of fun things happening around the bridge. More information here: http://goldengatebridge75.org
Here are some photos from my daily commute from Marin to San Francisco. Most taken from the bus.
To see more daily commute pictures click ‘LIKE’ on the Sally Around The Bay Facebook page.
For people who live in Marin and work in San Francisco here are 5 reasons to take a Golden Gate Transit bus to work.
- You can. If we don’t use our public transportation we might lose it.
- It’s better for the environment than driving in.
- Way cheaper than driving in. You only have to pay the bus fare, no bridge toll, no parking fee, no gas, no wear and tear on your car.
- Frees up your time to do other things. You can read, rest, text, work, check your Facebook, tweet, blog, space out, whatever – all sorts of things you can’t (or shouldn’t!) do while driving.
- It’s one of the most beautiful commutes in the world!
I know there are hundreds of excuses why not to take the bus to work but I challenge you to try it. Don’t forget we also have the awesome Golden Gate Ferry option!
A friend whom I adore once quoted Eleanor Roosevelt to me when I was making an excuse for not doing something. That quote has stuck with me for years.
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt
Yes, Marin is filled with many spandex wearing folks doing their part by commuting on a bike. I commend the cyclists. However, Marin is also full of very steep hills and not all of us have the strength to go up the hills or the guts to go down them on a bike. For the rest of us who are not triathletes , thankfully we have other options for getting around.
If you use some form of public or alternative transportation please leave a comment below sharing with others how you do it.
When you do start taking the bus here are some basic bus etiquette tips to follow.
Views from the bus
A year of photos from the bus: Google+ Album
For the last year, I have been on the hunt for vintage prints to decorate my San Francisco office. Turns out, this whole time the exact type of store I was looking for, was right under my nose, in the financial district. The more time I spend in San Francisco, the more I love it. There is a whole sub-culture of local, independent, women owned businesses co-existing in the fast paced, downtown, financial district area.
I recently happened upon the charming neighborhood of Jackson Square, located in the shadow of the Transamerica Pyramid where I discovered a tiny little store front with a sign reading Prints, Etc. This store just happens to be located in the second oldest commercial building in San Francisco.
I had no idea I was walking in to a piece of San Francisco history.
The small store was filled with vintage prints, historical photos of old San Francisco, concert posters, antique stock certificates, maps, curiosities, collectibles, beautiful frames, mirrors and so much more, hence the Etc… part of the name.
I was immediately greeted by a very friendly woman named Kathleen who took the time to show me around and teach me how the store worked. She even helped me find some cool prints for the office that my boss liked!
You know how sometimes you meet someone and you instantly click? That is how I felt about Kathleen. I felt like we had been best friends forever and I found her stories about the shop fascinating. So yesterday I spent my lunch break inside Prints, Etc chatting with Kathleen about the history of this adorable little store.
Prints, Etc has been here since 1957. Kathleen DiGrande and her sister Elizabeth Cologne are the 4th owners of Prints, Etc and have owned it for the last 6 years. The store has kept the same integrity since the beginning. Kathleen and Elizabeth have one employee, Adriane Brown who is an artist and is currently getting her Masters of Fine Art.
Elizabeth makes these unique and colorful pressed flower framed designs.
Adriane painted this beautiful painting that was hanging up high which explains the angle of the photo. Reminds me of the days working in my parent’s flower shop.
According to Kathleen, Prints, Etc has the largest selection of custom frames in the city, such as ‘closed corner’ frames made in the US, and ‘mitered’ corner frames. Many frame shops outsource their framing, not Prints, Etc! The 3 women do the framing themselves right here in the store and take special care of the art.
494 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA 94111
Be sure to “LIKE” Print, Etc on Facebook!
While you are there click “LIKE” on Sally Around The Bay too!
I feel like I have climbed a mountain over the last year and arrived in a place of gratitude. I am thankful for so many things. Right now, I am especially thankful for my friend Maria who is the author of the Mt. Tam 365 blog. Each day she takes a picture of Mt. Tam, posts it to her blog and writes something beautiful. She then posts a link on Twitter with the hashtag #MtTam365. Because of her blog, I started taking photos of the TransAmerica Pyramid Building. What started out as a joke to me has turned in to something else.
I work in a building located next to the TransAmerica Pyramid so I get to look at the Pyramid everyday. It wasn’t until I started photographing it, that I started admiring it. I’ve discovered the unique architecture and landscape. Did you know all the bushes around the building are cut in the shape of a pyramid? And did you know there is a peaceful park located behind the building with a beautiful water fountain, trees and a fun statue, open to the public?
As far as I know, the inside of the building is not open for public access beyond the lobby. I hope to someday meet someone who can take me to the top. (hint hint to my Twitter friend @TransAmericabdg)
Here are some of the photos I’ve taken of this unique and beautiful building in the middle of San Francisco, that I like to call #MyMtn on Twitter.
This has been the strangest winter I have ever spent in the Bay Area. The weather has been nicer than a normal Bay Area summer.
Here are some photos from the past week.