No rain out today – just a lot of puddles

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hail on patio - 1Low on mileage for the last week, the Adventurers were determined to get a good walk in today. Not needing to go the farmers market, they headed out to Ladera instead of downtown to get breakfast.

The walkways were wet the rain stayed away, with spots of blue peaking through. L liked the oaks trees surrounded by so much greenery, so stopped to take a photo.

The big weather event came well after they were home in the afternoon – a significant hail storm. Poor Maggie freaked all all the noise, until she was able to go outside and explore all that white stuff on the ground.

Yes it’s March but yes it’s still winter…

Walk/easy/5 miles

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Catching up with UCLA chums in the City

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The Adventurers headed to the City (on another rainy day) to visit with L’s friends from UCLA days, Ginger and Stan, who are enjoying a getaway in a relatives SOMA flat.

The idea was to visit and have lunch at In Situ, which was closed on Tuesday so they went a block further and ate at Pizza Delfina, where they photo of the guys was snapped.

Then it was through Yerba Buena Plaza to find the Papa Beard ¬†cream puff place that D is so fond of. Stan is now a convert…

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Walk/easy/2.75 miles

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Taking a walk while dodging raindrops

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The Adventurers and the Mag headed out around 11:30 this morning and were a half block away when the skies opened up. So rather than walking to lunch, they came back home.

But all was not lost and the skies cleared enough around 1:30 pm for them to head out again, this time for a walk across the Stanford campus. Maggie liked the puddles and they got wet without getting drenched.

Along the way they came upon a student who was setting up a Raku kiln. We stopped and chatted and he knew the famous physicist who is also a cermacist who lives down the street.

Just the think to do on a rainy afternoon, stoke a kiln with wood…

Walk/easy/3.10 miles

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Watching the intriguing Paradise Square in Berkeley

L and D at Paradise Square - 1The Adventurers headed to Berkeley today to catch a matinee performance of Paradise Square, a musical that many say is headed for Broadway.

They were treated to great acting, singing and dancing, if not a way too long first act. It wasn’t that they were bored, just a long sit at well over 90 minutes.

They got home in time to watch the Warriors lose to Houston…

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Brisk morning hike along Sawyer Camp Trail and the Crystal Spring Reservoir

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A Maggie-at-the-groomer morning allowed the Adventurers to explore one of the most popular hiking trails on the Peninsula, albeit one that doesn’t allow dogs.

They started out around 8:30 am, and to say it was brisk is an understatement. But they moved along and for the first mile or so noticed that the adjacent Crystal Spring Reservoir was absolutely still, not a ripple to be seen. Forty-five minutes or so the wind picked up, as it usually does in the area.

D with mileage marker - 1Here’s a bit of the history of the trail, courtesy of the San Mateo County Parks website:

Leander Sawyer bought the land and became active in this area in 1853. He probably lived in a small adobe built near a natural spring in the hill – long gone.

The Sawyer Camp Trail was hiss access to his camp where old timers say he kept an inn to dispense food to picnickers, and to serve as lodging for horsemen traveling through the area. Later, the trail was used by the stagecoach from Millbrae, which connected with the San Mateo Stageline to Half Moon Bay (Spanish Town). During the 1850’s and 60’s, Sawyer grazed cattle in the area to keep down the brush and make a better area for incoming wagons.

When the city of San Francisco took over the watershed lands, narrow, winding Sawyer Camp Trail was then a county road. The Water Department fenced it for the protection of San Francisco’s drinking water. In 1978, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors designated the road a non-vehicular recreation trail and paved it for bicycles with funds provided by the State Department of Parks and Recreation.

They also got to explore the new vehicular/bike/pedestrian bridge just north of the entrance to Sawyer Camp Trail. It’s quite spectacular and provides fabulous views.

All in all a good morning (that Maggie would have loved)…

Hike/easy/6.2 miles

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Enjoying a blustery, blue sky day on the bluff above Maverick’s

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Clown Cottage - 1The Adventurers and The Mag headed to the coast this morning for a hike they enjoy at least twice a year, along the bluff top above the famed Maverick’s surf area.

It was very windy, which seemed to further excite Mag’s zoom mode. She even got a little off leash time (at least until they spotted the two sheriffs on bikes!)

The field along Highway One are densely packed with mustard. And the yellow wildflowers blanketed the bluff top.

They continued into the neighborhood passed the Moss Beach Distillery where they explored some streets they’d never been on. It was the L spotted a Clown Cottage, whatever that is.

A delicious lunch at Mezza Luna wrapped up the morning…

Hike/easy/four miles

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Good fun, bad basketball at Maples Pavilion

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Bugs and Grace-big chair - 1L’s annual college basketball viewing is when her UCLA Bruins come north to take on the Stanford Cardinal at Maples Pavilion. This year she was joined, as usual, by D along with John and Grace, who was seeing her first college game.

After a pre-game dinner at Gott’s, they headed across the street where the game had just gotten underway with a tie score of 16 to 16. It was all down hill from there as the Bruins never took the lead and were down by 23 points at one point.

A further distraction was that a piece of apparatus that held one of the nets became unhinged, causing an over 45 minute game delay. And this on the nationally televised ESPN game. Eventually they brought in two replacements hoops. That didn’t help the Bruins.

Grace and her Bugs cruised a bit during the delay. The result were a couple of fun shots. And Grace, bless her heart, said, she had a “really, really good time…”

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