Exploring Angel Island

On Saturday, we took a little day trip to Angel Island. The island is located about 6 miles north of San Francisco and is only accessible by ferry. Initially, I was a little nervous that it would be too foggy, but the clouds cleared and we had some great views by mid-afternoon.

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We brought our bikes with us and spent most of the day riding along the perimeter of the island and visiting the historical sites. I thought the bike path would be a little flatter, but what was I thinking? Nothing is ever flat in San Francisco😕. We got off to a little bit of a challenging start (I may have fallen off my bike), but we soon got into the rhythm of the rolling hills.

  Our first stop was the Immigration Station. Angel Island was known as the “Ellis Island of the West ” from 1910-1940. The island was the first stop many saw when arriving to America. The historical fact that resonated with me the most was how horrible the Chinese immigrants were treated. Often the Chinese people were kept in the camps for weeks upon weeks just because they were Chinese. I love my country, but some of our history is downright shameful.

IMG_7787[1]                               IMG_7794[1]IMG_7791[1]          IMG_7788[1]Angel Island was also home to many soldiers starting as far back as 1863. During World War II, upwards of 1400 men were housed and trained on the island. In 1962, the army base was decommissioned. They left all of the structures so now you can explore the old barracks, jail, and museum.

We also did a short hike up to the top of Mt. Livermore. The Sunset Trail was about 2.5 miles and was moderately strenuous. Along the trail we got great glimpses of Marin, Tiburon, San Francisco, and all the bridges in the area. All and all, we had a great day. If you are ever in the area, I recommend a visit.

The Land of Ladybugs

Warm sun and clear skies was the forecast for this past weekend. So FH (future husband), myself, and two friends headed south to the San Bruno Mountains for a hike. In addition to our great views, we also encountered what felt like millions of lady bugs!  Since ladybugs are lucky, I hope good fortune is headed my way ;). Overall, we made it 8.5 miles round trip. My feet were killing, but it was all worth it. Nothing like getting to enjoy a little nature.

What did you get to do this weekend?

Weekend Wrap Up

San Francisco is consumed by World Series Fever. You can’t really turn anywhere without seeing people rocking their black and orange. Even City Hall is rooting for the Giants!

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To escape the baseball mania, we headed up to the Marin Headlands to Tennessee Cove. The hike to the Cove was fairly flat, but we defiantly had to compete with the wind. At points hats were flying off due to the high gusts. Check out how far the water came up on the beach.

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One of the things I love about San Francisco is that nature is fairly close to home. These cliffs are only about a 30 minute drive from downtown.

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How was your weekend?

Fun in the Sun- Weekend Wrap Up

Well Karl has arrived. Who is Karl you might ask? Well it is the name of the San Francisco fog of course  :). Depending on what area of the city you are in you might not see the sun too often during June-September. Therefore, many San Franciscans escape the city for warmth and sunshine as often as they can. This weekend, I “ran away” to Lake Tahoe, CA for some nature and warm weather.

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On Saturday, I went hiking around Emerald Bay. It was gorgeous! Lots of tall trees, pretty wildflowers, and great views of the 3 mile long bay.

 

The natural beauty was a nice change from the city landscape.  It is so relaxing out there. I hope to return to the area again. Maybe in the fall for foliage?

What are some of your favorite nature spots?.