Breathtaking Vista @ Cavallo Point

Today I hiked up to the top of Cavallo Point. The breeze was steady and cool, the smell of the desert plants and the wooded area was intoxicating. The camera equipment was heavy! I shot 3 panoramas today. Here’s the first. You will notice an all-but-hidden fortification where soldiers hid behind cement sand bags to defend the port and the… Continue reading

Earthquake? Yeah, It Was!

Well, this morning we had the first earthquake that I felt here in the San Francisco bay area:  a 4.0 earthquake with an epicenter about 11 miles from the house. The house definitely shook for about 2 seconds at 5:33am and seemed to move back and forth, north to south. At first there was some confusion as to where the… Continue reading

A Really Interesting Day

Last weekend, while roaming around the headlands, we stopped by the visitors’ center (which is the Instagram that looks like a church) to get a map of the enormous Golden Gate National Recreation Area park. Sarah was working at the help desk. She happens to be a park ranger who has as one of her many responsibilities recruiting volunteers. She… Continue reading

Romping Around the Headlands

Today we walked almost 5 miles around the Marin Headlands, 65,000 acres of undisturbed coastal headlands along the Pacific Ocean. In the 1960s, a developer purchased a significant plot of this land to develop it into subdivisions. Fortunately, his efforts were stopped, and the area is today part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. It’s simply stunning! While we… Continue reading

Evening at the Symphony

Last night we attended The San Francisco Symphony with Herbert Blomstedt* conducting Mozart‘s Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K.271 (1777), pianist Garrick Ohlsson, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Opus 64 (1888). Tickets to the San Francisco Symphony season were one of my Christmas presents! Garrick Ohlsson’s performance was meticulous, transparent, while at the same time… Continue reading

Update on Chloé, Our Nissan Leaf

Chloé, our all electric car, has now topped 1,000 miles. Yep, that’s 1,000 miles without any gasoline. (Put another way, that’s easily over $100 I haven’t given to the evil oil empire.) Driving it here in Sausalito has been an adjustment because this area has some serious hills. (Since I was raised in Florida, I think of them as mountains!)… Continue reading

Goodbye, Old Friend [UPDATED]

This post has been long in arriving! Well, it’s sad in a way. We lived here for about 4 years, but now the house at 1901 North Poinsettia Avenue, in Manhattan Beach, is completely empty. I really enjoyed the house: the ocean breeze that blasted through it (ripping the curtains completely out of the wall when we first moved in),… Continue reading

Big Announcement

Well, it’s been official for a few days. I just have been to busy to make the announcement public. The house here in Manhattan Beach is sold. A house near the top of the hill in Sausalito has been purchased. After over 3.5 years of living in the LA area, I will actually miss things about it, especially the vigorous… Continue reading