New Mexico Adventures – Petroglyphs

I’ve returned from another enchanting trip to the Land of Enchantment. As soon as we stepped off of the plane we went straight to the Petroglyph National Monument to check out some early volcanic rock art. Just another typical day.

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Lands End Hike

Lands End is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Legion of Honor. After seeing the Matisse exhibit, I went for hike along the coastal trail. There is a hidden labyrinth at the edge of Eagle Point that over looks the Pacific Ocean, Mile Rock Beach, and the mouth of the much sailed Golden Gate. The bridge disappears and reappears through the foliage throughout the trail, saying hello and goodbye again. Once I reached Eagle Point, I could have perched myself on a rock bird-like and sat for hours. Instead, I continued along the coast, past Baker Beach, through Seacliff to a coffee shop whose table very much reminded me of the labyrinth. What an adventure day!

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Preserved Meyer Lemons

It’s the beginning of citrus season and tiny meyer lemons are starting to make an appearance at the farmer’s market. They are a sweeter cousin of the lemon and are said to be a hybrid of lemon and mandarin orange. I brought back preserved lemons from the holiday food swap last year and used them all so I was time to give it a-go myself. It’s an easy process but takes about 3 weeks until they are ready to use. I used this recipe from foodinjars.com.

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Fort Point- Hitchcock’s Vertigo

After walking to the Wave Organ, I started my decent into the fog towards Fort Point. I just started reading The Definitive Study of Alfred Hitchcock by François Truffaut which inspired my walk to one of the filming locations in Vertigo. The Hitchcockesque fog added an element of suspense as I walked through Crissy Field past the Marco Di Suvero steel structures to Fort Point. The fog was so thick, I couldn’t see the bridge, just a lone bay swimmer right where Jimmy Stewart saves Kim Novak  in Vertigo. The fog gently parted ways and the Golden Gate Bridge slowly emerged as I left. I stopped in the Warming Hut to get warm, read, and write in my journal. It was a magical day spent walking, seeing, and reflecting.
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Round Valley Preserve Bike Ride

Round Valley Regional Preserve is just outside of Antioch, CA. The land had been used for farming and ranching for 100 years until it was sold to the East Bay Regional Parks District in 1988. The old dirt roads are now used for horseback riding, cycling, and hiking. It is a picturesque old California farmland experience. The preserve is also home to the California ground squirrel, the San Joaquin pocket mouse, desert cottontails, and the endangered San Joaquin kit fox.

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Año Nuevo State Park Hike

I tend to use my own two feet (or bike) as my main mode of transit in San Francisco. When my parents were visiting from a sprawling car-based place, it was a great excuse to get outdoors and walk/hike everywhere.  I’ve always wanted to go to Año Nuevo State Park (an hour south of San Francisco) to see the elephant seals, so we went on an adventure.  It’s a 4 mile hike round trip to the ridge to see the seals, which didn’t seem too strenuous until we realized half of the hike is through windy sand dunes. Despite the sore and sandy muscles, I think they enjoyed themselves.  I definitely did! It’s not the high season for elephant seals so I will be back in February to hopefully catch site of baby seals!

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Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods is just a hop, skip, and a jump north of San Francisco and yet I had never been until now.  It is more like a museum of trees rather than a hike through the forest. An ode to John Muir, which I appreciate, yet vastly different than going for a hike in the neighboring Marin Headlands which on certain trails you might not pass another human.  For those who don’t hike, it’s the perfect place to learn about the natural flora and fauna that John Muir fought to conserve. Most of the celebrity redwoods are thousands of years old. They are beautiful marvels and should be appreciated by all.

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