The coolest things to do in the Bay Area

the coolest things to do in each bay area city

The above linked article talks about each Bay Area city and fun things to do in each of them.  I have seen many of them, but there are still many that I haven’t seen.  There are also things that don’t show up on this list.  I’ll always have things to do.

ALAMEDA
Get your pinball wizard on at the Pacific Pinball Museum
ALBANY
Tiptoe in the tulips (with some caffeine) at Flowerland

ANTIOCH

Try to commune with the ghost of Black Diamond Mines Regional Park

 

Marvel at the beauty of Ralston Hall 

BENICIA

Discover Benicia’s military history — and camels

BURLINGAME

Debate the merits of Pez candy at the Pez Museum 

BERKELEY

Explore the endless possibilities at UC Berkeley

BRENTWOOD

Get away from the rat-race at Round Valley Regional Preserve 

CAMPBELL

Get a donut (or a dozen) from Psycho Donuts

CONCORD

Get vintage at the drive-in movies

CUPERTINO

Find a bargain at the flea market

DALY CITY

Get in the Christmas spirit at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair 

DIXON

Get everything you need for the drive to Tahoe at Pedrick Produce
 

DUBLIN

Step back into the Wild West at Dublin Heritage Park

EL CERRITO

Reminisce about bygone decades at Playland-Not-at-the-Beach

EMERYVILLE

Gawk from afar at the creative hub of Pixar

FAIRFIELD

Stock up on summer fruits and veggies at Larry’s Produce

FREMONT

Experience silent film history at the Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum

GILROY

Cool off at Gilroy Gardens 

HALF MOON BAY

Marvel at the world’s best surfers at Mavericks

HAYWARD

Birdwatch at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center

HERCULES

Dine on authentic Filipino food at Cabalen Filipino Cuisine

LAFAYETTE

Get your preferred type of exercise at Lafayette Reservoir 

LIVERMORE

Enjoy the unique and beautiful Shiva Vishnu Temple

LOS ALTOS

Get back to nature at the Redwood Grove Nature Preserve 

LOS GATOS

See one of the state’s oldest wineries at Testarossa

MARTINEZ

Learn about John Muir and his work at his stunning mansion 

MENLO PARK

See the epicenter of social media at Facebook 

MOUNTAIN VIEW

See a piece of history — and glimpse the future — at Moffett Field

MILLBRAE

Watch the planes land at SFO from Bayfront Park 

MILL VALLEY

Get in on the secret and hike to the Tourist Club

MILPITAS

Get an amazing view of the bay from Ed Levin Park 

MORGAN HILL

Go fishing at Anderson Lake 

NAPA

Go wine-tasting, obviously

NEWARK

Splish-splash at the Silliman Family Aquatic Center

NOVATO

Hang out with astronauts at the Space Station Museum

OAKLAND

See a Warriors game at Oracle Arena

ORINDA

Rediscover your inner child at Tilden Park

PACIFICA

Bring your camera to Mori Point

PALO ALTO

Uncover the secrets and legends of Stanford University

PETALUMA

Embrace your Bay Area beer drinker stereotype at Lagunitas

PIEDMONT

Rediscover the joy of see-saws at Piedmont Park

PINOLE

Trade $5 toast for classic pastries at BearClaw Bakery and Cafe

PITTSBURG

Visit the area’s most unexpected theme park 

PLEASANT HILL

Picnic by the fountains at City Hill 

PLEASANTON

Have a fancy high tea at the English Rose Tea Room

REDWOOD CITY

Dress up for a show at the Fox Theatre

RICHMOND

Fulfill your childhood dream of having a model railroad at the Golden State Model Railroad 

ROHNERT PARK

Pack a picnic for the lawn seats at Green Music Center 

SAN BRUNO

Honor great Americans at Golden Gate National Cemetery

SAN CARLOS

Geek out over vintage aircraft at the Hiller Aviation Museum 

SAN JOSE

Get lost at the Winchester Mystery House 
SAN LEANDRO
Relax with a beer at Drake’s Brewing Company

SAN MATEO

Find your inner peace at the Japanese Garden

SAN RAFAEL

Have Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead read stories to your kids

SAN RAMON

Take a twirl around the rink at Golden Skate

SANTA CLARA

Roam the landscaped grounds of Mission Santa Clara de Asis 

SAN FRANCISCO

Everything!

SANTA ROSA

Battle the Red Baron with Snoopy at the Charles M. Schulz Museum 

SARATOGA

Catch a show at the Mountain Winery 

SONOMA

Step inside Jack London’s world at Jack London State Historic Park 

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO

Hike the iconic Sign Hill

SUNNYVALE

Try some mead at Rabbit’s Food Meadery 

UNION CITY

Roam the hills with the cows of Dry Creek Pioneer Regional Park 

VACAVILLE

Introduce a new generation to the Nut Tree 

VALLEJO

Feel like you’re on a movie set at Mare Island 

WALNUT CREEK

See a play at the Lesher Center for the Arts 

WEST MARIN

Load up on snacks at Cowgirl Creamery and Toby’s Feed Barn before hitting the beach

 

Doing a favor for a friend

A friend asked me to do a favor for her at 4 am today. I said no problem. Alarms all set, I went to sleep. I woke up at 1 am, and realized that it was possible she meant 4 am Eastern time. Yup! Thankfully, I realized it in plenty of time to get it done. Now I get to sleep in, feeling accomplished.

In theory, that is. I got the order done, but the card I tried to use didn’t want to work, so I had to fully wake up to figure out why and what to do. Then I tried to email her the confirmation that I’d accomplished my middle of the night task, but my address book on my email account decided that it wasn’t going to work. I had to hand type her email address in. Thankfully, I knew it, but suddenly blanked on if it was yahoo or gmail. I guessed right.

Of course, by then I had to get up and use the bathroom, because what else does one do in the middle of the night?

I got back in bed and had to find extra blankets since our heatwave finally broke and my toes were cold.

I didn’t eat much dinner because I wasn’t hungry at dinner time. I don’t want to get up and eat at this time of night because I don’t want to let my stomach think that it’s an option. I’ll drink water, so I’ll have to get up and use the bathroom again in an hour or so.

I don’t know where my purse is with my kindle on it, and I don’t want to fall asleep with my reading light on, so I decided to write here instead of read. It didn’t make me tired, though. I think I’m going to have to bite the bullet and find the purse.

Now that I’ve found the purse by getting up and turning on the light, I should be fully awake.

And I just remembered that my daughter reminded me right before bedtime that I told her I’d drive her and a friend somewhere with no parking in the morning. At least her version of morning starts closer to noon than most people’s version of morning.

It’s 2 am now. I am going to stop writing and read for a little while. Hopefully I’m tired enough that a little while won’t take me to morning. Goodnight!

The best book stores

Here’s a list of the best book stores by state.  I am sure that I won’t get to most of these, but it’s interesting to read about them.  I love it when a bookstore has a reading area, and a place for book clubs to meet.  I love when they are well lit and will take special orders for hard to find books.  I especially love when they are local.  Not one of these is local to me, but the pictures and descriptions are wonderful.

A visit to Tennessee

I will probably never find myself in Tennessee, but this place looks like I could be lost in it for days.  This warehouse is filled with used books  and more arrive daily.  I would love to visit here, but I think my suitcases would be too heavy to carry.  The airline wouldn’t like that much, so I think I would have to drive.  I know it would take forever to get there, each way.  Maybe they’ll ship?

Pedestrian right of way

One thing we were warned about when we first got off the ship in Mexico was the fact that cars have the right of way. The tour guides told us which streets are safe and which aren’t.  We were told many, many times, to ensure that we didn’t get hit.

We were also informed that we didn’t want to go to Walmart, since it’s exactly the same as it is in the United States.

On almost every street there was an Oxxo, which is like our 7-11.  I didn’t get a chance to go inside since we were always driving by instead of stopping.  Something small to put on the bucket list.

Carl’s Jr was about as prevalent as McDonald’s is here.  Again, I didn’t go.  I don’t feel the need to go, though.  If I am in another country, I think I’d rather go to a place that embraces the culture of that country.

Cabo San Lucas

Again, the photos are all out of order

We caught the early morning tether shuttle from ship to shore in Cabo San Lucas. We went to the market first, after being followed by every taxi driver in Baja California.

We purchased a $300(MXN) bottle of vanilla, a ring, and a tank top for my daughter when we were in Cabo San Lucas.

We went to check in for our excursion. The shuttle driver told us it would be “Five, seven, eight minutes until we arrive.”

We spent the day at the beach. We met a couple from Nova Scotia who told us all about their grown children and showed us all the photos of their trip to New Zealand.

The man behind us decided it was his job to be giving my kid the drinking rules. Don’t mix alcohols. If you’re out for the evening, drink something you don’t really like so you’ll sip and not guzzle. Harmless stuff, but spoken from experience.

On the way back, the shuttle waited and waited to fill up. There were two groups who left the beach area early and didn’t tell the driver. We weren’t late leaving, but it was still annoying.

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Disembarkment meeting

We were told that we needed to attend the disembarkment meeting the day before we left the ship, so we would know what to do the next morning.  Most of it was already written down for us, so it really was a waste of time.  The cruise director pointed out a few less obvious things.  “Don’t pack all your clothes.  You can’t leave the ship leaving a towel because the towels belong to the cruise line and we’ll take them away.  You’ll be naked.”  “Don’t pack your passport in your checked suitcase.”  And the most important one, “Ladies, please watch your husbands so they don’t pack the clothes for tomorrow.  You know they aren’t listening”