Category Archives: Off the Beaten Path

4th of July Weekend in Sunny Sausalito

Hello and a good Wednesday to you all.  How is your week going?  Good? Ready for the upcoming weekend? Just two more days to go!  How was your July 4th holiday? I hope you were able to relax with family (for those of you here in the U.S.)   We ended up spending our long holiday weekend in sunny Sausalito. Continue reading 4th of July Weekend in Sunny Sausalito

Wilder Ranch State Park. Santa Cruz, California

Hello and a good Monday to you.  How was your weekend? Relaxing? Busy? Ready for the new week?  I hope you were able to take a break and rejuvenate.  Our weekend was quiet, we just relaxed around the home and spent time in the garden.  Our weather cooled down on Sunday so it really was a pleasant weekend to be outside.  Speaking of outdoors last week Thursday two of my daughters and I went to Santa Cruz for a wonderful hike. A spectacular cliffside hike by the Pacific Ocean at Wilder Ranch State Park, two miles north of Sant Cruz.  Continue reading Wilder Ranch State Park. Santa Cruz, California

Moss Beach Landing & Harbor Seals at Half Moon Bay, California

Good Friday to you all!  I trust you had a good week and are looking forward to the weekend.  Around here our week started off great on a happy note in the great outdoors.  After months of being stuck at home only venturing out for groceries and errands, our family played hooky earlier in the week and took the day off from work on Monday.  We snuck out for a gorgeous hike in the seaside village of Half Moon Bay. Continue reading Moss Beach Landing & Harbor Seals at Half Moon Bay, California

La Fiesta de los Patios de Córdoba. The Festival of the Courtyards of Córdoba 2020

Hello and a good Friday to you all.  How was your week? I hope it was good one and you got some fresh air despite having to work from home and school from home, maybe you even got to venture out a little more?  As some of you may recall couple of weeks ago for Mother’s Day I did a post on an idea for a Mother’s Day flower exchange where my friends and I exchanged flower bouquets made from our own gardens. Continue reading La Fiesta de los Patios de Córdoba. The Festival of the Courtyards of Córdoba 2020

Valentine’s Weekend in San Francisco

Happy Monday!

How was your weekend? I hope it was relaxing.  For us since the girls were home on break from school last week we headed to San Francisco for the weekend.  The city was spectacular on this February weekend. With warm temps in the 60s and sunny blue skies, San Francisco couldn’t have been any more gorgeous!!!  Here is a look at some pics of our lovely weekend in beautiful San Francisco. Continue reading Valentine’s Weekend in San Francisco

Weekend in Monterey & Carmel Valley Wine Trail

Happy Tuesday! How was your Thanksgiving weekend? I hope you got to relax a bit and also had a chance to do some holiday shopping. We had a lovely Thanksgiving weekend.  After a festive and relaxing Thanksgiving day dinner we headed out an hour and half away to the seaside towns of Monterey and Carmel. Continue reading Weekend in Monterey & Carmel Valley Wine Trail

Walk on the Beach at Pajaro Dunes in Watsonville, California

Watsonville, California is often associated with lush farmlands off Hwy 1 on the Pacific Coast. Here one can see miles and miles of farms growing fruits and veggies off all sorts. Strawberries, raspberries, apples, lettuce, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, artichokes, tomatoes, and much more.  At its core Watsonville is an agricultural community.  But what is often overlooked is that being so close to the ocean, Watsonville also has miles of beautiful beaches. One of these beaches was our destination on a gorgeous fall October morning when my friends Padmini, Rose and I went on a road trip to Pajaro Dunes in Watsonville. Continue reading Walk on the Beach at Pajaro Dunes in Watsonville, California

Friday Foothills. Hiking the South Bay Trails Spring, Summer and Fall

Happy Friday!

I hope you are enjoying autumn with its changing weather and falling leaves. Here in the Bay Area we have had a roller coaster of fall weather lately, heat waves with temps in the 90s, then a cooling down to the low 50s and 40s, then back up to pleasant 70s and 80s.  The weather has been unpredictable to say the least.  Most mornings however our temperatures are always in the cool and pleasant 50s, perfect time to get out in nature and go on a hike, a walk or a jog.  Today I would like to share some of the photos I took on a few hikes I’ve been on the last few months. Friday Foothills is what I call this series of pics.  I hope you like them. Continue reading Friday Foothills. Hiking the South Bay Trails Spring, Summer and Fall

Friday Flowers. Flowering Plants at Half Moon Bay Nursery

Happy Friday!

My twins started school this week, which means my schedule has freed up and is more predictable now.  The twins are seniors this year, I can’t believe it! One more year and then they are off to college.  But I’m not going to delve on that right now as it does make me a little sad, but rather I’d like to share with you some happy pictures of a recent nursery trip I made to my favorite nursery Half Moon Bay Nursery in Half Moon Bay, California. Continue reading Friday Flowers. Flowering Plants at Half Moon Bay Nursery

Rowing at Lexington Reservoir with the Los Gatos Rowing Club in the Santa Cruz Mountains

I love driving to any destination that takes me towards Lexington Reservoir on Hwy 17 and the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Even after all these years of driving this road, the scenery here never seizes to amaze me. On any given day the mountains are gorgeous with clear blue skies or with the gentle mist of the Pacific Ocean Fog, the scenery is always awe-inspiring.  So you can imagine what a smile I must have had every morning at 8am when I had to take my daughter Rani to a rowing class right off Hwy 17  😊. Continue reading Rowing at Lexington Reservoir with the Los Gatos Rowing Club in the Santa Cruz Mountains