Sunday, May 31, 2009

Greetings from Roland Garros

I wish!  It has always been one of my goals to make it to a tennis Grand Slam tournament, and my first choice would certainly be the French Open.  While we were not basking in the heat of summer in Paris on Court Philippe Chatrier, we did get to see quite a heated match between Sweden's Robin Soderling and the 4 time French Open champion Rafael Nadal.  It was arguably one of the biggest upsets in Grand Slam tennis by the Swede, so really this is just a shout out to the Motherland. Holla!  

Friday, May 29, 2009

Running from the fog.....

We could not take one more minute of this cold, foggy San Francisco summer weather, so we jumped in the car and headed north to wine country in hopes that our toes would thaw. Nothing that an apple fruit tart and a latte from Bouchon can't fix!

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Colin comes for a visit

A couple of weeks ago my good friend Colin finally managed to drag himself back out to the Bay Area for a visit and some much deserved down-time. Although the intention was to just have a chill week we still managed to pack in a whole bunch of things. On his first day here we headed north towards Healdsburg for a late lunch at the Bear Republic Brewing Company (try their award-winning "RACER 5" India Pale Ale) with a brief detour to Yountville to grab a tasty coffee at Bouchon Bakery. The weather gods were kind to us and treated us to sunny skies and 25 degreec C.
The following day we hit the city for some shopping followed by a hike in the Marin Headlands and finished the day off with dinner at Fish in Sausalito.
The final day was foggy, rainy and dreary so we hit the city once again for a little bar hopping starting with our first beer at around 11am at Club 540 in Inner Richmond. Then followed by more beer and a tasty lunch at Q Restaurant.
The picture above was pretty much the only one we managed to take all was taken 5 minutes before leaving for the airport. Good times, good times. Come back soon.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Kirby Cove

Last week I found myself scrambling for my camping gear that I haven't pulled out for awhile for a mid week adventure on the other side of the bridge to a little hidden gem called Kirby Cove. 

I knew some time had passed since I have ventured into the wilderness when the guy at REI asked if I had just been released from prison due to my lack of familiarity with the latest advances in headlamps. We knew this would also be quite an undertaking for Peter, as there would not be any room service, but since we were not too far from home, we figured it would be a great way to break him in. But alas, he was saved by a trip to the airport to pick up our friend Colin who was coming into town from Halifax. Next time Nielsen, next time.

EP is a great canvas for my attempt at a self portrait.

After some champagne and before the sunset, it was time to set up camp.  I pulled the following shots out of the latest REI catalogue, so I could remember how it was done:

Just like riding a bike.  A very deluxe bike with a very comfortable seat! Check out the level, soft and well marked spot.  Peter would have totally survived.

Deluxe accomodations

T. lovin' the hammock.

A view of the Golden Gate at night.  I never get tired of looking at this bridge.  

Heading back for a day at the office.  Thanks Van Emsts!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

It's Electra-fying!

After 3 years of wishing, and hoping, and not being capable of making a decision, my shiny red cruiser bike has finally arrived! It brought me back to many fond memories of my most prized pink Huffy back in the day!

See you on the boardwalk!