Weekend Update: The Beach

 

The weather in San Francisco was a little dreary over this weekend, so we escaped up north to Muir Beach to try and get a little sun. We brought Duke with us and we found out he really doesn’t like water. He LOVES sand though! He dug holes and rolled around in the sand, which meant he needed a mandatory bath when he got home. It was a great time!Duke at Muir Beach

 

 

Dogs at Muir Beach

I also thought I would share the custom table for the Westfalia, that sits in the middle of the front seats so we have a nice little arm rest. Also as you can see, a strap at a blanket have become my head rest in the car, because I am too dang short for the seats. custom table westfaliaAnd here is a little portrait that I took for fun because I saw really pretty dappled light, always got to capitalize on that dappled light!

 

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Well that was my weekend, how was yours?!

 

-PK

Weekend Adventure Roundup!

This weekend was a last minute run around type of weekend. I had lots of last minute shopping to do and it’s finals week for Cody, so we both had plenty to get done.

Here’s a few random images I captured while we were running around.DSCF0055

These robots were at a gallery that we visited. I ended up buying a print and doing a little DIY on the frame, which I’ll post later.DSCF0069

We drove around in Lucy this weekend toting around Cody’s bike to shoot some finals homework.DSCF0054

Lucy overlooking the avenues in San Francisco. This spot is literally right behind our house, you just walk up some stairs to the top and there’s a panoramic view of the entire bay area on a clear day. Everyone calls it the ‘Knuckle’ I have no idea what this park is actually called.DSCF0056

If you are ever in the outer sunset, trouble coffee stickers can be found everywhere. If you are a coffee drinker, I hear they’ve got good stuff. (Seen on 46th and Irving.)

Hope everyone had a good weekend 🙂

-PK

Hendy Woods State Park camping trip

westfalia vanagon Having all the national parks closed for a couple of weeks wasn’t fun. We skipped camping during the weeks the Natl’ parks were closed to avoid over crowded state parks. Last weekend we went to Hendy Woods State Park to camp in the Westfalia. We brought our friends who camped in our tent. Its always nice to have extra camping stuff so that you can take friends with you camping when you want.

I got to have my most favorite camp snack while we were there. The banana smore!

For anyone who hasn’t had one, here’s how it works.

Take a banana and peel away one side, on the inside of the curve of the banana. Carve out some of the banana (and eat that!) to make a little trough to hold marshmallows and chocolate. I usually use chocolate chips if I happen to have some at home.

Once you’ve filled the hollowed out section of the banana with marshmallows and chocolate you put the flap of skin back over that part of the banana. Then wrap foil around the whole thing and put it by the fire. I usually leave it for 3 minutes and turn it with the other side facing toward the fire for a few more and then pull it out and EAT! SO GOOD!hendy-woods-state-parkWe stopped at lots of places on our drive to and from the campground.

antique-store redwood-logs-wood redwood-logs apple-stand-boxesWe got lots of fruit, apple cider and antique shopping done on our drive.

My friend had been invited to a concert on Mt Tam just off a hiking trail, the views while driving up Mt Tam were amazing!mt-tam-view

I have a few more pictures from the concert to come in a following post!

San Francisco Summer is here

For anyone who lives in San Francisco, you know about our micro climates. The constant change of sun in the Financial District to cold fog in the sunset is something that most people who live here are prepared for everyday. It BAFFLES tourists when they come, most come with summer shorts and tank tops only to be greeted by clouds and wind in June. There are others who come in mid September or October wearing jackets and boots and are shocked to see 80 degree weather. San Francisco just likes to be silly like the weather sometimes. We recently had a nice big rainstorm which seems to have signaled the end of our San Francisco summer (lots of clouds, wind and cold weather) and welcomed in the sun for the warm fall that we usually get.

For anyone planning to travel to San Francisco, September and October can often times be beautiful which can work in your favor as these aren’t peak times for travelers.

westfalia vanagonHere is our lovely Westy Lucy handling the rain quite well. It was the first time in the season we finally saw the gutters flow with water. It washed a lot of street funk off which was super nice(it can get smelly in some places). We drove out of San Fran for a few hours to the southeast and were welcomed by warm central valley heat.

 

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Goats wanted to welcome us to the nice weather. We also saw a tarantula crossing the road, we immediately stopped and marveled from a distance, so creepy!westfalia-van-puppy

And there is Lucy nestled next to a MUCH bigger RV that belongs to my parents. That adorable little pup is my parents dog Brodie (who I named when I was 18 and obsessed with the Distillers). As you can see the ground is a little wet. The rain followed us out of the Bay Area; when we arrived everyone said we brought the rain with us. Oops.

 

-PK

The Honda vs The Westfalia

For the last 10 years I’ve owned a beat up Honda Accord, and this is what I’ve done the majority of my road trips in. I get all the camping gear packed into it and I drive around with a few friends and camp and shoot photos. My Honda is affectionately named Gretchen. I named her after my grandma’s best friend. Why? My grandma’s best friend was in her late nineties when she passed away and was still wearing heels, big hair updo’s and red lipstick. I feel that my car is beat up and has literally had pieces of her fly off while driving on the freeway, but she’s got spunk. (My dad wasn’t too happy about me bringing a giant piece of the car home and asking him to reattach it after my girlfriends and I had failed with zebra print duct tape, not one of my shining moments.) Anyway, Gretch is adventurous, full of life, and she’s mine.honda accord 1997

For those of you who know Gretchen you can see that this is her good side, literally, she has a green door and black fender on the other side from a previous owner. Gretchen is still in great running condition at 260,000 miles. I take her in regularly to get her oil changed and it also helps that my dad is a complete car genius and has instilled in me to keep up with the PM (periodic maintenance).

After over two years of my boyfriend and I doing the whole pack and unpack of Gretchen, he got his heart set on buying a Westfalia. His mom says he has wanted one since he was 15. The previous owner had named her Lucy, we both liked the name so we kept it.westfalia vanagan 1983 It’s always fun when I run into friends and they ask, “How’s Gretchen and Lucy?” They are a part of the Family.Westfalia Vanagan 1983

I couldn’t be more happy about the new family member, she is fitting right in. The Westfalia is our primary roadtrip vehicle now. I’m going to talk about my experience so far owning a Westy and the Pros and Cons.

Lucy entered our life at a perfect time because we are planning a tour of the U.S. in the Westfalia after my boyfriend graduates (he is also studying photography). A trip that we both are hoping will last a year or more. I have been planning a trip of the United States for YEARS. In the coming months I’ll show the progress of the route as well as get some insight into great places to visit around the U.S.

Happy Monday!

-PK