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Pancake Breakfast at the West Point Inn

The Pancake Hike – How Mount Tam Makes Trail Breakfast Exciting

Most people eat breakfast before hitting the trail and I can’t blame them for that – hiking on an empty stomach can lead me to thoughts of the murderous kind. Some people eat breakfast on the trail – as in “eat your cereals, kid” or lumberjack-style, bringing a griddle and chopping a tree to fry […]

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The airstrip

Search for the Ghost Airfield of Butano State Park

What’s a mountain without a ghost airfield? What’s a 10-mile family hike without a little detective fun? Last but not least, my young explorers – what’s a redwood hike without 575 banana slugs? Next time you offer your kids to get up at 6 am on a chilly November morning, you better have arguments and […]

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Dia de Los Muertos Parade

Celebrate The Day of The Dead in San Francisco

On November 2nd – exactly two days after the trick-or-treat and plastic fangs craze of Halloween, the Mexican Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) is both a spiritual journey and a celebration of life. Culminating in the Mission district around Garfield Park, the San Francisco Dia de Los Muertos Procession and Festival of […]

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Ambler shoe

Frog Mom Shoots an Ad for KEEN FOOTWEAR Hiking Shoes

When Kamp Grizzly, a Portland advertising agency, contacted me to be involved in a video production in the Bay Area, I thought “oh well, it’ll be 10 seconds in a small clip on kids and nature.” Out of curiosity I emailed back and received an offer to be part of a video product for Keen […]

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How to Prepare for The San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade

How to Prepare for The San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade

Float at the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco. Photo from Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year and Parade Festival Facebook Page It’s one of the top 10 Chinese New Year parades in the world. For my friend Ronnie Sharpe from Marinhood, the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade is a yearly tradition she never […]

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