Hikes

A Beautiful Beacon: Point Bonita Lighthouse

Nestled among the golden rolling hills of the Marin Headlands,¬†Point Bonita Lighthouse, the last manned lighthouse on the Pacific Coast, continues its stalwart mission to guide ships to safe passage in the Golden Gate straits. Before heading to the lighthouse trailhead, we took a short side trip to Battery Mendell in Fort Barry. Now a… Continue reading A Beautiful Beacon: Point Bonita Lighthouse

Bugs

Mosquito Eaters That Don’t Eat Mosquitoes?

After years of itchy, scratchy summers, I’ve arrived at the inevitable conclusion: I’m a walking mosquito repellent. For other people, that is. Stick with me and you’ll practically be bug-free, no citronella candle needed. The skeeters will be too busy feasting on me to pay attention to anyone else. So the first time I saw… Continue reading Mosquito Eaters That Don’t Eat Mosquitoes?

Bugs · Hikes

Triple Threat Trail: Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve

Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve in the Tiburon Peninsula is a triple threat of Bay Area trails, providing superb 360-degree views of the bay, rich geologic and Native American history, and a display of rare, native wildflowers. While its name suggests otherwise, this preserve has nothing to do with Frodo’s quest to destroy the One… Continue reading Triple Threat Trail: Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve

Food

Seven Days of Sourdough – Day 7: Traditional Sourdough Bread

The day has come! The final bake: sourdough bread. After a week of yummy treats, I was eager to get on to the main attraction. Cultures for Health’s Traditional Sourdough Bread, complete with a video tutorial, seemed like a good place to start. After the franken-caccia debacle, I tried to be especially careful with how… Continue reading Seven Days of Sourdough – Day 7: Traditional Sourdough Bread