Dennis the Menace Playground

“DENNIIISSSSS!” Those Xennial moms like me can remember Saturday Morning cartoons and watching week after week Dennis the Menace’s antics on our television screens. Those older remember him from the popular cartoon strip, where the five year old boy always seemed to get in some kind of trouble, usually involving Mr. Wilson. Dennis the epitome…

Cannery Row

When you hear Cannery Row, if you are a Steinbeck fan, you immediately conjure up imagines of a gritty factory filled row that smells of fish and poverty. At the very minimum you imagine factories and lots and lots of metal and aluminum. What you likely don’t imagine is world class shopping and dining, luxury…

Stinson Beach

“Over the river and through the woods to Stinson Beach we go!” Even though Stinson Beach is considered “right outside” San Francisco, it’s actually a beautiful cove hidden behind miles of the twists and turns of the Marin Headlands. Living in the East Bay our entire Californian lives, we had never made it to Stinson…

18 Hours of Camping on Mount Diablo

“When are we going camping again?” “I want to sleep in a tent!” “I love camping, why don’t you take us?” Since our Pinnacles adventure almost three years ago, I haven’t broken out the camping gear and tried camping again. Sure I’ve put the tent up in a backyard. And I’ve broken out the sleeping…

Bodega Bay Weekend Get Away

I’m of a certain age where all my friends (and in a year and a half I myself) are starting to reach that milestone birthday year. When I was a child I remember when my mom turned 40. A friend was trying to be funny and put up “Over the Hill” signs on her birthday.…