Spring's here! A 14 Day journey of Walking!

Spring is finally here.  After several years of  a drought in the San Francisco Bay Area, we got hit with an onslaught of rain this year.  For some health conscious people they have met their goals weight goals.  I've got a long way to go.  
As a friend of mine mentioned a few weeks ago, It's Girl Scout Cookie time.  We can only be inside for so long.  My visits to the gym were getting shorter.   I redesigned my exercise plan around the walking the dog.  You don't need much, a leash, a few treats, your smart phone health coach, and a pair of comfortable shoes.  
The results:  Longer walks, really cool pictures, and really nice day. 

 Benicia Community Park 3-7 miles per day

Birthday Celebration

Today is my birthday.  On the first day of my life, I did nothing.  I peered around at the folks who brought me into this world, and went to sleep.  With the exception of nursing, a change of diapers, and most likely people cooing and making comments about my birth I simply slept all day.
For the past eight years, it has been a practice of mine to sleep as long as I can on my birthday and do nothing.  If I get up, I will start to piddle around the house, vacuum, work on a file or something that does not celebrate life. 
I love the birthday wishes, the gifts, and special moments I spend with friends and family.  Yesterday, one of my friends treated me to the Renaissance Faire here in the  Bay Area.  I have one rule, on my birthday, don't call me.  I am sleeping in.  This is how I celebrate my life, this is what I want to do today.

Road trip Hwy 99 to Voodoo Donuts Portland

This week's journey was inspired on a trip homeward from Seattle to the San Francisco Bay Area.  The above was a pictures snapped from the window seat of Mt. Shasta, CA.  So we started a road trip on Highway 99/ California Interstate 5.
A couple of highlights about Highway 99 -Hwy 99 shares its route with CA Instertate 5 -Hwy 99 is divided by  2 routes 99E & 99 W
It ends in Ashland, Oregon
Oregon is a controlled state, which means that alcohol bought sold through the government. The very last store just before the Oregon border is "All Star Liquors".  Though competition has tried to stake their flags nearby, they all seem to never last.
"All Star Liquors" advertises -up to 70% savings  -Huge Selection Which makes the store very attractive to even the Oregon residents.
The above picture notes that the highway is a Blue Star Memorial to pay tribute to the U.S. ArmedForces who served in World War II, started by the Council of State Garden Clubs after 1945.The Siskiyou Tra…

Cheesecake Factory Marina Del Rey

There is a reason why this particular Cheesecake Factory is always crowded.  It's setting is on the beach of the beautiful Marina del Rey  in Southern California.  It might be just because it's one of the oldest of a chain that provides a variety of scrumptious cheesecakes.   The location is small compared to the newer Cheesecake Factory restaurants.  For some reason the Cheesecake Factory in Marina del Rey has always been a favorite, for good food, indulgent libations, good friends, and hangout.  The prices are good, and the service is friendly. 
It's been over 24 years since I had been to this location.   I don't think much has changed since the last time I had been here.  Maybe except that my kids are no longer kids.  I reminisce the times when they used to rush to playground adjacent to the restaurant.  On a pleasant sunny day, you can enjoy eating outdoors.  
Then again there is the yummy cheesecakes that we have to save room for.  That Key LIme Cheescake was calling…