Halloween Pumpkin Carving Party

Halloween, it’s the best holiday right? Well I kind of think so. We went and got pumpkins recently and had a fun little pumpkin carving party with everyone at work.DSCF2535We went to the pumpkin patch by our house, we brought Duke with us, but we were told that dogs weren’t allowed so Cody and Duke sadly watched as I picked out our pumpkins. Awww…

DSCF2498 DSCF2500 DSCF2501  I made gift bags to take to the pumpkin carving party and filled them with candy, a few toys, and spider rings.DSCF2506 Pumpkin carving is no easy task, it took me awhile to get my design down. DSCF2512 Cody brewed up some ideas online and had a really cool design for his pumpkin. DSCF2517 Duke even joined in on the festivities! DSCF2530 Here are our final pumpkins! Pumpkin carving isn’t my strong point(as you can see!) but it was pretty fun anyway. DSCF2537

I did a camera pumpkin carving last year, which was far more planned and creative then this years! We just got our costumes and I am really excited that Cody, Duke and I are going to be 3 of the 4 Ninja Turtles! Don’t worry I’ll post pictures 😀

Weekend Snaps No. 3

San Francisco is my muse. I can walk out my door and head in any direction and find something new that I’ve never seen before. I did a little exploring of Golden Gate Park and ran across a few new spots in the park. behind every tree there is a new trail, bench or garden! On Sunday I was feeling pretty under the weather… it seems like I always catch something when the weather is the nicest outside, everyone at work has been passing a cold around and I guess it hit me over the weekend, convenient how that works. isn’t it?! Feeling crummy isn’t so bad when you’ve got a pup to cuddle up next to you though.dog walking in golden gate park

I don’t know if this is a normal occurrence, but there were Llamas in the park!?llamas in golden gate park san francisco

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Got some frozen yogurt too. The weather was sunny and hot this weekend! This place is fairly new to my neighborhood and serves frozen yogurt with you – pick – em’ toppings. Cody got Vanilla Bean and I got the non-dairy flavor option; Peanut Butter. I put some sprinkles on top of mine but Cody went with none, which is a crime if you ask me!frozen yogurt san francisco

And here is a pretty picture of the Sunrise and Duke. 🙂

nevada_sunriseWell that was my weekend, how was yours?

 

Camping in Bottchers Gap, Big Sur CA

We tent camped last weekend at a smaller less-crowded campground called Bottchers Gap in Big Sur, CA. All of the other campsites were full and when we arrived around 2pm in the afternoon there were still open pull-up campsites and lots of walk-in campsites open as well. It started to fill up as the evening progressed but it seems that this place isn’t usually peoples first choice. The campsite is situated several miles down a long canyon road called; Palo Colorado Canyon Rd that leads you through some of the most beautiful and interesting houses I have ever seen. I felt like we were in some sort of secret land as we drove down the meandering road.

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The road dead-ends into the campground so you can’t miss it. There is a camp host who lives on-site and has been doing so for 30 years. He really loves to chat so when you arrive don’t be alarmed when he comes out from his little airstream trailer to say hello right when you arrive. He is also very knowledgeable about the area and the rules, he will make sure to tell you about all these things too. DSCF2293Bottcher’s Gap is used by many as a trailhead for backpacking, which I didn’t know when I arrived but I snapped a picture of the map that they had posted at the campground so I could research coming back for a backpacking trip. DSCF2295 DSCF2305

The view from the back of the campsite is so beautiful!DSCF2324

Here is Duke, looking adorable in the early morning sunlight. DSCF2321

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On the way back up the coast we stopped at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk for Pineapple Dole Whips… SO WORTH IT.DSCF2343 DSCF2353

 

It was a grand weekend indeed. I think we will be coming back for a backpacking trip when it heats back up a little, maybe early spring?

 

-PK

Things to Do in San Francisco: Stuff Vintage and a Dog Park

Dog Park San Francisco

When you are a dog owner in a big city finding places to take your dog is like a treasure hunt. When I find a dog park that is gated I squeal with joy on the inside. I love that I can take Duke of his leash and let him run around. If you are sensing that I am one of “Those” dog owners, you are RIGHT. I am totally one of those dog owners that treats their dog like my child. I know its a little crazy and I’m sorry, I just love to watch him have a great time and be so dang happy. I’ll get back on track though, There is a dog park across the street from this amazing warehouse of vintage/thrift/flea market like shop called, “Stuff” And let me tell you, there is a lot of STUFF in Stuff. <– see what I did there?

So we ran around the Dog Park for a few minutes(it is also right next to the skate park) and then walked across the street to peruse inside Stuff.

I will warn you that much of it is super over priced and expensive, mainly the furniture. Each stall is owned/rented by a different person selling their wares(I really wanted to say stuff again, but like, common, I had to come up with a different word), and so the prices are based on what each person thinks their items are worth. With that being said, I did find a few stalls that were CRAZY expensive and a few that were reasonable.  It is still worth a look, and they’ve got a parking lot if you would like to park your car and load it up with…..wait for it….STUFF. 🙂

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Oh and did I mention, Dogs are Welcome! I asked Cody to make his, “OK are we done yet?” face… It looks really authentic… almost so authentic that I think he really was thinking, “Common Pam… LETS GO”DSCF1914

 

Sorry there aren’t more pictures… I think I got a little overwhelmed.

-PK

Things to do in San Francisco: Billy Goat Hill

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I kept hearing whispers of this Billy Goat Hill, and locals are a little protective of this place. It’s not easy to find and if you are a visiting tourist with limited time, I wouldn’t recommend coming here. It’s a little out of the way but if you live in San Francisco, this place is really fun. There isn’t much else to see here except the swing and when you come you will notice that people only walk to the swing and then come back up. More than likely though  you won’t see anyone.

A swing above the city? HECK YES. It had me a little nervous, but it was so fun! Now I present the pictures:DSCF2026

Here we all are, floating above the city… can you tell I look just a little nervous? DSCF2040

The swing and cityscape makes really fun pictures as well.DSCF2051

 

Now go! Go Swing!

 

-PK