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You may have noticed that we have been very quiet on our blog posts recently, this is because we were busy redesigning our Word Press website which is now located at www.theBubblyBay.com

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Visit the Lavender Gardens at Matanzas Creek Winery in Santa Rosa

The lavender gardens of the winery are in full bloom right now and the smell just fills the air.  See more at: http://thebubblybay.com/?p=2370

The lavender gardens at Matanzas Creek Winery

Let’s Go Fly a Kite at the Berkeley Kite Festival

attended the Berkeley Kite Festival held at Cesar Chavez Park at the Berkeley Marina, one of the country’s largest kite festivals. See more at: http://thebubblybay.com/?p=2415

Let’s Go Fly a Kite at the Berkeley Kite Festival

San Francisco Bay Area Bucket List

Summer is here and school’s out…Let’s go explore and take advantage of the many local adventures that the San Francisco Bay Area has to offer. If you’re looking for some family fun activities to do close to home, here is our “Bay Area Bucket List” with some ideas before the season ends that will allow you to create great memories with friends and family. See more at: http://thebubblybay.com/?p=2268

San Francisco Bay Area Bucket List

Hope you all are having a great Summer!!!

Victoria 😉

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Fall is here…Time for apple picking!!!

Fall is here…Time for apple picking

It is time to get outside and enjoy all that the Fall season has to offer. One of my favorite family-friendly Fall activities is to visit a local farm with friends and pick apples. It’s such a simple way to have fun as a family, create lasting memories and support local farmers!!!

Here are some apple picking farms around the Bay Area for your enjoyment. Some are just a short drive while others are a great day trip.

Twin Hill Ranch
1689 Pleasant Hill Raod
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-2815
www.twinhillranch.com
Dog Friendly.

Gabriel Farm
3175 Sullivan Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 829-0617
www.gabrielfarm.com

Chileno Valley Ranch
5105 Chileno Valley Road
Petaluma, CA 94952
(707) 765-6664
www.chilenobnb.com

Apple-A-Day Ratzlaff Ranch
13128 Occidental Road
Sebastopol, CA 95472
(707) 823-0538

Depending where you are in the Bay Area, Watsonville may be closer than Sonoma County:
Gizdich Ranch
55 Peckham Road
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 722-1056
www.gizdich-ranch.com

Be sure to call ahead of time to confirm availability before planning your trip!

We visited Twin Hill Ranch this weekend and had a wonderful day and went back home with over 10 lbs of a variety of apples.

Fall is here…Time for apple picking
– Picnic tables and beautiful open areas where the kids can play at Twin Hill Ranch.

Fall is here…Time for apple picking
– Delicious Apple Bread from Twin Hill Ranch.

Fall is here…Time for apple picking

Now, it is time to learn and enjoy making all sorts of apple things.

I would LOVE to know where your favorite apple picking spots are.

We hope you have fun during Apple Picking Time!

Victoria 😉

Scratch one item off of the Fall Bucket List 🙂

Eat, Drink & Play…Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

Nothing better than to spend a Sunday with family and friends at “Off The Grid’sPicnic at the Presidio.

Every Sunday 11 am to 4 pm through October 27th you can enjoy the best Bay Area favorite restaurants, food trucks, farmer’s markets fresh produce, traditional games, music, “picnic blanket bar service,” and an amazing Bay view.

Eat, Drink & Play...Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

The purpose behind Off the Grid is to group San Francisco street food vendors and restaurateurs to allow neighbors and families to connect with each other and enjoy a great food experience. You can enjoy food from around the world in one place. A food-festive experience!

Eat, Drink & Play...Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio
Finally after a few months, we had the opportunity to ‘catch’ “Del Poppolo” pizza truck. Del Popolo’s truck doesn’t have a permanent location and you have to track it daily via twitter @pizzadelpopolo.

Del Popolo is a mobile pizzeria which specializes on rustic Neapolitan-inspired pizza. It is housed in a 20′ long and 8′ wide transatlantic shipping container modified into a mobile kitchen unit with a 5,000-lb Stefano Ferrara wood-fired brick oven. Pizzas are cooked for 60 seconds in the 800-degrees wood-fired oven.  The price to build this mobile pizzeria costed of over $180,000 dollars. For dessert we finished off with a Dulce de Leche and banana Argentinian empanada. Delish!

Eat, Drink & Play...Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

There is something there for everyone to enjoy… even your dog! While you relax you can get your pup pampered at the mobile grooming Who Let the Dogs Out! and visit the mobile dog boutique K-9 Unit San Francisco.

Eat, Drink & Play...Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

Eat, Drink & Play...Off the Grid: Picnic at the Presidio

A perfect way to spend a day, just bring a blanket, grab a bite to eat, a couple drinks and enjoy the afternoon!

Where: Picnics at the Presidio is located on Main Post, San Francisco, CA 94129 adjacent to the Walt Disney Family Museum.
See in Google Maps >
When: Every Sunday through October 27, 2013 – 11am to 4pm
Websites: http://offthegridsf.com/picnic &
http://www.presidio.gov/Calendar/Pages/off-the-grid-picnic-at-the-presidio-april-21-2013.aspx

Definitely going back to try out some of the other food trucks and vendors!

Which vendors have you tried?

Have a Smiley Day!!!
 
Victoria 😉

Walking the “Lover’s Lane” trail and Wood Line in the Presidio National Park

Presidio National Park Trails: Love Lane - Wood Line by Andy Goldsworthy

One of our favorite destinations to explore with the family in San Francisco are the trails that run throughout the Presidio National Park. Today, we walked “Lover’s Lane”, the oldest foot trail in the Presidio.

Lovers Lane is an easy .6 mile walk straight line down (or up) the hill in a paved pathway. We started at the Presidio Boulevard Gate and ended at Funston Avenue & Presidio Blvd. It was a beautiful scenic walk with the fragrance of the eucalyptus trees.

Presidio National Park Trails: Love Lane - Wood Line by Andy Goldsworthy

The right side of the path is bordered by a dense forest of eucalyptus, cypress and pines which were planted by the military in the late 19th century. On the left side we passed a charming row of historic military housing. There were also wild blackberries on both sides on part of the trail.

The Presidio is rich in military and social history. Lovers Lane got its name because this route was traveled 150 years ago by soldiers on the way to town to meet up with their sweethearts.

Parallel to Lovers’ Lane you can find the “Wood Line”, an outdoor piece of art by British artist and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy.

Presidio National Park Trails: Love Lane - Wood Line by Andy Goldsworthy

This installation was constructed in a large gap inside the eucalyptus forest where the cypress trees planted in the 1890s died over time. Wood Line was created by trimmed branches, felled trees and eucalyptus trunks collected from the Doyle Drive reconstruction. Each piece of log was carefully selected to create a continuous curving line through the forest landscape. Over time this installation will decompose and return to the earth.

It was a fun family day in a beautiful location…. it was a place for everybody, there were sweethearts, hikers, joggers, kids (and adults) climbing and balancing on top of the wood line and nature lovers…even a team of videographers filming a documentary about the wood line.

Presidio National Park Trails: Love Lane - Wood Line by Andy Goldsworthy

Lovers Lane
Length: 0.6 miles (0.9 kilometers)
Use Type: Pedestrian Trail Only – Bicycles are Prohibited.
Difficulty: Moderate
Lovers Lane and Wood Line are located near the intersection of Presidio Boulevard and West Pacific Avenue.
Wood Line is located just off Lovers’ Lane.
Website: http://www.presidio.gov/explore/trails/Pages/lovers-lane.aspx#.Ufayzo1vNAN

Watch this great video from the FOR_SITE foundation about Andy Goldsworthy – Wood line: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97ap3DwHK1o

See in Google Maps >

Have you walked Andy Goldsworthy’s Wood Line in Lovers Lane in the Presidio yet?

Have a Smiley Day!!!

Victoria  🙂

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

This weekend we had the opportunity to appreciate the controversial outdoor exhibition of eight impressive large scale steel sculptures by artist Mark di Suvero at their temporary home at the historic Crissy Field through May 26, 2014.

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

This exhibition is the first off-site projects that the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has scheduled while its building is closed for a major upgrade.

Mark di Suvero was born in Shanghai, China in 1933 from Italian parents and came to San Francisco in 1941. In 1960, Mark di Suvero was injured in a fatal accident while working for a construction company that left him with a broken back and paralyzed. This terrible accident didn’t stop his dreams and during his rehabilitation and in his wheelchair he learned a welding technique and focused all his attention on sculptures using large construction materials to create over sized and bolder sculptures.

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Many of his sculptures rotate giving the overall forms a considerable degree of motion. Di Suvero does most of the welding, cutting, and crane work himself.

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Each sculpture has an introductory panel with information about each artwork. You can  listen to the audio or watch a video through your phone!

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Regarding to the controversy about whether or not the sculptures are considered “beautiful”  I think that the concept of beauty is relative and art by definition is open to diverse interpretations, perceptions and opinions. I really enjoy this outdoor art exhibition of dynamic steel sculptures located in a place with such spectacular views!!!

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Mark di Suvero sculptures have been exhibited all over the world. On March 2, 2011, he received the 2010 National Medal of Arts from President Barack Obama.

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field Mobile Tour:  https://bycell.mobi
Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field Public Tours

Crissy Field: 1199 East Beach, San Francisco, CA 94129
See in Google Maps >

Check out Mark di Suvero sculptures at Crissy Field this Summer!!!

Have a Smiley Day!!!

Victoria 😉