Baker Beach With The Boys


Sunday Funday!  We made the quick drive up I-280 North to spend the day with My Man’s two adult sons, Nick, Jr. and Braden.  Because we were celebrating Braden’s 25th birthday, we let him decide where we should go and what we should eat.

First we cruised by a Philz Coffee. I don’t drink coffee, so I don’t understand the allure of coffee brewed for one. For you Philz’s lovers, we went to the original Philz in the Mission.  Wanting to join the crowd, I ordered a Mint Mojito Iced Coffee.  It was described as: Mint, Sweet, Creamy.  It was tasty and it gave me a jolt of energy!

We then headed over to Baker Beach to go for a hike. I have only driven through its parking lot.  After a couple of hours there, we all understood what the rage was all about! What a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge!

Interested in its history?  Click on this link and explore.

IMG_9151We hiked a few miles, stopping often to look at  the view along with the different bits of history.  I told Braden this stone house would be his next apartment in the city, costing about $4000 a month.  He laughed in agreement.


Someone scribbled this statement on a gunner wall.  Was this a tribute for Braden’s birthday, seeing as he works for Intuit?IMG_9150We continued hiking, stopping often to take photos.

And then a few more photos.  This is the Nick’s thinking about life.

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The Nick’s thinking about life past the Golden Gate Bridge.
This was the selfie stop.  Wait, we lost one of the boys!

Just a few more.  Do you blame me?

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Baker Beach was a gorgeous spot for a picnic or swimming. I wouldn’t recommend getting in the water without a wet-suit.  The water temperature in August is about 60 degrees.2016-08-28 13.12.46

At the end of the hike, totally refreshed, we asked someone to shoot a picture of us together. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday!us



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Why Travel, Cooking and DIY? A creative type, I have always loved painting and decorating as a hobby. Upcycling is a real passion. My mom was a Home Ec teacher when we were growing up. I learned a lot from her and because I love hosting get-togethers, I had to step up my game in the kitchen as well. And lastly, my love of travel comes from my Grandma Schmitt.

An Illinois native, I worked in the White House Communications Agency early in my career (President Reagan), prior to returning to Illinois State University to finish my undergraduate and Master's. After a couple of post-graduate internships (minor league baseball and Big Ten Conference), I then worked in college athletics full-time for more than 22 years -- first at the University of South Carolina for 15 years and then at Santa Clara University for the last seven years. We moved to Tampa, Florida in Dec., 2016 after spending 8.5 years in Northern California.

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