Our Fall Bucket List…

Fall is my favorite time of the year….there is something very special about this season, I love the beautiful weather and the incredible colors it brings!!! There are so many fun things to do during the fall, so every year we create a “Fall Bucket List” to remind ourselves to fully enjoy this colorful season. Hopefully, all of these will be checked off by the end of November! 😉

You can download these 7x5in PDF printable files (filled or blank) to enjoy with your family and have fun making memories together.

Download the “Fall Bucket List” PDF file (1.79MB)

Autumn Bucket List

Download the “Blank Fall Bucket List” PDF file (1.35MB)

Autumn Bucket List

Autumn Bucket List

Pet Cementery - Presidio - San Francisco
“Try at least two new things this Fall…..Fill your life with sweet memories and have a FUN FALL season!
Pet Cementery - Presidio - San Francisco

What’s your favorite thing to do during fall? I would love to hear it!

Happy fall, y’all!

Victoria 🙂

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.
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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

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

Have a Smiley Day!!!

Victoria  🙂

Yarn Bombing in Downtown Santa Rosa

I was driving in Santa Rosa downtown a couple weeks ago and suddenly started to notice colorful and vibrant trees around town. I thought I was entering Dr. Seuss’s colorful imaginative world and seeing the famous “Truffula trees” 😉

I started wondering what was going on? Well, it is “Yarn Bombing” also known as yarn storming, guerrilla knitting, urban knitting or graffiti knitting. Technically it’s a kind of graffiti with the difference that it can be easily removed if necessary.

Yarn bombing has been around for quite some time and has become a global phenomenon, but I only heard about it around a year ago.

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Even the Santa Rosa Empire Building got targeted! 🙂

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Yarn Bombing began in Houston when Magda Sayeg decided to knit a cover for her store’s door handle. Soon after followers from all over the world started yarn bombing!

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Yarn Bombers knit tree branches, furniture, bus seats, abandoned cars, statues & monuments, and all sorts of things.  There is even a book about this subject full of photos, step-by-step instructions for knit and crochet and large-scale patterns.

I took this photo last year in Washington DC. I also saw a lot of bicycle racks decorated with yarn. I loved it!
Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

…and what about this iPayPhone Yarn Bomb in San Mateo, CA from Knits For Life?  Very cool Huh?

Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field

Have you seen any other yarn bombing around the Bay Area? Are you a yarn bomber? Shared your pictures with me in our Facebook page….I would love to see them!!!

Have a smiley day!!!

Victoria 😉

Visiting the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa

This week we visited the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa (about an hour north of San Francisco). Growing up Snoopy was one of my favorite cartoon characters that brought a lot of happy childhood memories and smiles to my face.

There are three main buildings and two different free parking areas. The first building is the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center, the second building is the Redwood Empire Ice Skating Rink with the cozy ‘Warm Puppy Café’ inside and the third building is the Snoopy’s Gallery & Gift Shop full of PEANUTS products.

Visiting the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa

1. Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center

Once we parked the car I really enjoyed the outdoor Peanuts-themed music as we walked up to the museum building.

The museum was built in 2002, two years after the artist’s death as a tribute to celebrate the life of “Sparky,” (as the artist was called by close friends) the Peanuts characters, and increased understanding of cartoonists and cartoon art.

Visiting the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa

The Museum offers something for everyone in the family and all “Peanuts” fans. It includes several permanent exhibits like the re-creation of Schulz’s working studio, the Wrapped Snoopy House, a labyrinth on the grounds shaped like Snoopy’s head, Peanuts Tile Mural, the Nursery Wall and the Morphing Snoopy Wood Sculpture. There are also some exhibitions that changes 3 to 4 times a year.

Visiting the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa
My favorite exhibition is the “Peanuts Tile Mural” by Japanese artist Yoshiteru Otani. Once you get closer you’ll see that the work is made up of 3,588 tiles, each one featuring a different Peanuts strip. It is amazing!!!

Visiting the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa

You can enjoy the charming outdoor garden with Peanuts inspired sculptures. You can also find the Lucy’s Baseball Cap that covers Woodstock’s Bird bath, which features five Peanuts holograms.

Visiting the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa

Visiting the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa

During our visit we meet some fans that were visiting from Japan, a very friendly couple from Italy and a large tour group all wearing the same bright colored t-shirts.

2. Redwood Empire Ice Skating Rink

Once we finished touring the museum we headed to the Ice Skating Rink built by Schulz in 1969 and had lunch and coffee at the Warm Puppy Café and enjoyed the hockey game that was taking place at the moment.

The café was Schulz’s lunchtime hangout where he ate regularly a tuna salad sandwich with a cup of tea. He used to walk from his home to the Cafe twice a day. The Café still keeps his table near the window reserved.

We had visited the Ice Skating Rink before for ice skating and friends birthday parties.

Visiting the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa

If you want to have some fun outside the ice rink, call a friend who is at the computer and say “Hi” to them through the webcam 😉

Visiting the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa

3. Snoopy’s Gallery & Gift Shop
The extensive gift shop sells just about every kind of Peanuts memorabilia you could imagine. The shop is a ‘must-see’, even if you don’t buy anything.
Visiting the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa

My favorite, “MonaLucy”, an oil 21″x30″ board by Hallmark. Painted in 1989 to commemorate the 67th birthday of Charles M. Schulz 🙂Visiting the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa

Visiting the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center in Santa Rosa

Website: www.SchulzMuseum.org
Address:2301 Hardies Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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Hours: Weekdays 11 am to 5 pm —  Weekends 10 am to 5 pm
Admisions:
Adults — $10
Seniors (62 and over with ID) — $5
Youth/Students (4–18 or w/valid student ID) – $5
Museum Members & Youth 3 and Under — FREE

We had a fantastic time at the museum seeing thousands of comic strips, exhibitions and learning about Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Lucy and the gang. There were a lot of giggles and non-loud happy laughs!!!

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
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Crissy Field: 1199 East Beach, San Francisco, CA 94129
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Check out Mark di Suvero sculptures at Crissy Field this Summer!!!

Have a Smiley Day!!!

Victoria 😉