Entries tagged with “T-Bell’s Solo Adventures”.

Took a stroll through the eucalyptus and pine scrub of the Presidio after work today.

Chancing upon a patch of sun-ripened, summer sweet blackberries is more than enough reward for the quick pace up the hill. The patch has been picked over in spots easy to reach from the trail. I’m not the only one who can’t resist berries right off the vine.

But if you know where to look behind the branches and under the leaves, there are ripe, juicy berries waiting still.


The hiking book: Hiking Yosemite National Park (Falcon Guides)
The distance: 5.8 miles
The CityGirls rating: 10

Last weekend was the beginning of winter in Yosemite, and T-Bell was there to see it with our friend S.

Arriving late in the evening on Friday to dropping temperatures and rain that threatened to turn to ice, we woke up Saturday morning to a winter wonderland with two inches of fresh powder.

The park had closed the Glacier Point and Tioga Pass roads a couple days earlier, so we were limited to the Valley for our hiking options. T-Bell wanted a hike with good views, so we headed for the Mist Trail to Vernal and Nevada Falls.


The hiking book: Hiking the Redwood Coast (Falcon Guides)
The distance: 7 miles
The CityGirls rating: 8

For Labor Day weekend, T-Bell ventured up to Fort Bragg for a weekend getaway. In between some harrowing sessions of leisurely brunch and reading on the porch in the sunshine, she managed to squeeze in a hike with the parents.

The highlight of the Fern Canyon hike was all the interesting trees, along with a pretty little waterfall thrown in just for fun.

The trail wandered through second-growth Redwood forest with a couple steep—but pretty short—climbs.


The hiking book: Excellently detailed blog post by a local named Bill Choisser
The distance: 3 miles + a bit to get ice cream
The CityGirls rating: 4

It was an exploring San Francisco sort of weekend for T-Bell. Went to check out the views from Twin Peaks, the highest viewpoint in the city.

Now, the typical way to do Twin Peaks is to drive up to very nearly the top, then meander a bit around the figure eight that encircles each of the Peaks. But I found a blog post from a long-time San Franciscan with directions to walk all the way up to the top from the Muni station at Castro and Market.


On Wednesday, T-Bell’s office took a hike. A hike around the Presidio and Crissy Field. A hike up to the Golden Gate Bridge.

“Wait a minute, now, T-Bell,” you say. “Your office all went hiking together? What?”

Well here’s how it all went down.

So, the organization had our first ever big fundraising gala in May. And the board of directors met the following day. Word on the street is that the board was so excited about the success of the event, that they decided to throw all our offices a party of some sort. Exact sort of party TBD.