The Lovely Palace of Fine Arts

The Palace of Fine Arts was built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition held here in San Francisco. It’s the only building from the exposition that still stands at its original location in the Marina District. Only one exhibit remains on display in the city from the exposition, and it is built into the War Memorial Auditorium across from City Hall. … Continue reading

Hiking the Headlands

I’ve raved non-stop about how gorgeous the headlands are–65,000 acres of unspoiled, ocean-side wilderness. I can’t overstate how much I love romping around there. The smells of the plant life are like nothing I ever experienced on the east coast. Love it! At any rate, yesterday, we hiked .4 miles up Slacker Hill, a rather serious incline, to check out… Continue reading

Pano at Hawk Hill in the Marin Headlands

I shot this pano at the entrance to the San Francisco Bay. I was standing on one of the batteries at Hawk Hill. And here are a few shots from today’s romp in the headlands. (Click to enlarge.)… 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

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

Crazy, Busy Times

Yes, I’ve not been attentive to my blog because life has been very, very busy. This past extended weekend was spent in the San Francisco Bay Area house shopping. Five strong contenders have been selected. The house here is now officially sold.  That was a really unusual process, let me assure you. The buyer saw the house before the sign… Continue reading

San Francisco Weekend Creates Higgledy-Piggledy

Well, I had a busy extended weekend. Ironically, I live in sunny southern California but got sunburned in the much cooler, much foggier northern California. Go figure! Friday I walked from the Palace Hotel down to the Embarcadero shooting pictures, over 21,000 steps. My legs were killing me. I walked so far I decided to take a taxi back to… Continue reading