The Santa Cruz boardwalk always feels so much like “summer” to me. It’s on a beach where people actually go in the water. It’s the kind of tourist attraction that you go to when you’re not from California and you want to see California. I don’t go often but when I go I like to play there.
My beaux recently went to the Boulder/ Denver, Colorado area to visit his family. While he was there, he took some lovely photos for me:
Carnival fun, community gardens, deer in the backyard, little free library … lovely life
Back in April I went to Channel Islands for a birthday trip. I shared most of the photos from that trip back then but recently came across some that were on a different camera. It reminded me of how beautiful the island and the water surrounding it was.
About a month ago I started seeing this sign on the seats at the front of the MUNI buses:
SFist explains: “the company that has manufactured many a Muni bus, warns its customers that “there have been three hard-braking incidents where passengers were ejected from these forward-facing seats and sustained quadriplegic injuries.” SFBG elaborates that it’s a fear of lawsuits that have caused the seats to be flipped up and permanently disabled.
It’s ridiculous. Yes, there’s a chance that if you’re sitting in that seat and there’s a sudden stop you’ll go flying and get hurt. But it seems like there’s at least an equal chance that the same thing will happen if you’re standing in front of the the flipped-up seat, which is what people now do in that space. So now there are just four less seats for sitting down on the buses.
I’ve only been down to Santa Cruz a few times but I always think of it as the perfect way to experience some summertime in the San Francisco Bay Area. The city itself is often chilly at this time of year but a quick pretty drive down the coast to this college town with a beach boardwalk makes for a nice summer getaway.
When I went down there recently the first thing I did was check out the monthly Antique Faire downtown. It’s really more like a swapmeet but it was kind of cute to walk through and see what people were selling.
It’s not quite a red, white and blue post but today I wanted to share some of the photos I’ve been taking about the beautiful houses in San Francisco with blue paint jobs. I’ve included a couple purple favorites as well.
Yesterday I shared photos of a Divisadero wall mural in Western Addition here in San Francisco. I took those photos one day during a long walk from my neighborhood near Japantown over to Divisadero, down through Western Addition and into lower then upper Haight. Here are some other images from that day.
I don’t know a whole lot about Morocco. It looks like a beautiful, interesting place from what I do know but I confess that most of what I know is limited to random clips on travel shows (and other shows, like when America’s Next Top Model went there) and some research done for a crochet retreat held in Marrakech twice each year. Still, I can’t believe I didn’t know about the tree-climbing goats there!
My beaux’s sister just went on vacation in Morocco and that’s how I learned about the Argan tree, which is native to that area and only grows in a limited place there. It’s a tree species that the local goats actually climb up into to feed. According to what the tour guide told them, they drop the tree’s seeds to the ground and those seeds are collected to make oil that is then used for a number of different things.
I love goats. I don’t watch many animal videos online but when I do they’re often of goats. The fainting goats were previously my favorite but now I’m a little in love with the tree-climbing goats.
Sadly, the tour guide apparently told them that natural gas has just been discovered underneath much of these rare trees. Hydraulic fracking plans are reportedly in the works, which could definitely disrupt the tree life and the lives of those goats. I hope that something shifts so that doesn’t happen!
The Bold Italic recently had an article titled 25 Things You Learn Your First Year in San Francisco. It’s one of those things that resonates for locals. I thought I’d break it down into what I loved and what I passed over when I read it …
Made Me Laugh Out Loud In Agreement
- “Make sure to step around all watery sidewalk puddles.”
- “The people who like being naked in public aren’t always the ones you’d want to see naked in public. “
- “There is never a simple explanation for which trash bin to use for what you’re about to throw away.”
- “There’s a reason that Muni seat is empty while the rest of the bus is packed. “
- “Coffee is never just coffee. (Pour over? Single origin? Fair trade? Cold pressed?!)”
- “Someone will inevitably tell you that San Francisco was so much better X years before you got here.”
- “You’re gonna need at least five more costumes. Ideally ones that can get booze spilled on them.”
Made Me Smile Because I Get The Joke
I recently took Golden Retriever Lucy on a hike to the Lake Chabot hiking trails, which I hadn’t been to in years. This area in the East Bay is beautiful with some great long trails that aren’t too strenuous. Lucy did great. She was able to go off-leash and she stayed right on the trail. It was lovely.