Archive for May, 2012

We didn’t really go hiking this weekend. We went tourist-hiking. By which we mean we drove to the East Peak of Mt. Tam, then took a leisurely stroll up the quarter-mile Plank Walk trail to the summit.

We’ve hiked on Mt. Tam many times, but this is the first time we’ve ever driven to the top of East Peak. The verdict: hiking is better than driving. More time to enjoy the scenery and less queasiness from the super-windy road.

But this weekend we have family in town, and this was just one stop on a grand circle tour of our favorite Marin spots, so we did the tourist thing.

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The hiking book: Hiking the San Francisco Bay Area
The distance:
7.2 miles
The CityGirls rating:
9

The hike in pictures

Beautiful day for a hike. One of the warmest we’ve had in a while.

We started at Pantoll Ranger Station on Mt. Tam and headed down to Stinson Beach.

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We wandered up to Napa Valley this weekend to pick up our Spring wine club wine. It was a beautiful day, and we weren’t too interested in zipping around to a bunch of wineries, so we made it a leisurely afternoon full of delicious food and drink.

We stopped at a bunch of our favorite Napa places, starting with lunch at Gott’s Roadside stand. Don’t let the name fool you, though, this is just about the classiest roadside stand out there, with delicious (turkey) burgers, garlic fries, and shakes. Plus, because its Napa, they have a bar. Heaven forbid one spend more than 20 minutes without a glass of wine.

The line was crazy ridiculous when we got there, so we ordered shakes at the bar and read a bit before ordering food, in hopes that the line would die down.

Yeah, they have a Gott’s in the Ferry Building too, but this is clearly more fun.

This is how you know you’re in Napa: even the flowers along the side of the road are posh and a bit tipsy. (more…)