Fall Back

I tend to be more of a spring forward gal myself but I am trying to get more on board with wearing flannel and curling up at home with a good book reality show.  I do not love that it gets dark now at 5:30pm but I am trying to adjust.  Here is what I have been doing!

I try not to get all pumpkin crazy, but Rouge’s Pumpkin Patch Ale is in a class all its own. If you see the bright orange bottle I suggest you pick it up.

IMG_4109 More pumpkin carving. I am not quite sure what this is or was supposed to be… looks like goblin babies inside of a skull.IMG_4111 Have you heard of the Hotel Majestic in San Francisco? I am going to go out on a limb and say that you probably haven’t in which case I am going to give you a real good tip.  This place should become the place you take any out of towner to or maybe a friends outing or date date. Whatever the case may be, Mike the bartender will show you a spectacular show and provide you with fantastic cocktails. IMG_4115 Want a spicy cocktail…? He can do that!IMG_4117 Want something sweet and sparking, he can make that too!IMG_4119 One of my favorite breweries in the city is Magnolia and a few saturdays back I was able to steward a home brewing competition.  Stewarding is a fun way to get to know more about home brewing, connect with local home breweries in your area and in this specific case have some amazing Magnolia Brews and BBQ.IMG_4122 IMG_4123 IMG_4124 IMG_4126 The Los Gatos Creek Trail  is a great place for walkers and joggers a like to get in some cardio.IMG_4127 IMG_4128 Followed by a Mocha with homemade whip cream of course! I like to live large at Great Bear Coffee.IMG_4129

Cape Cod… you are beautiful!

Being a West Coaster my whole life I have heard of Cape Cod and seen pictures or videos but I couldn’t understand how beautiful it was until I was actually there.
IMG_3773IMG_3775 IMG_3777 IMG_3786 Who would want to sail away from here?IMG_3788 IMG_3791 While we weren’t too hungry but Quicks Hole looked delicious so we stopped there for some lunch.  The local hot spot did not disappoint. I enjoyed the clam chowder and a lobster taco. I didn’t get any pictures because I immediately dug in!  Not too hungry… sure…IMG_3792 IMG_3793 Lots of cool old buildings in Woods Hole. Also a free aquarium and other free/donation only scientifical places.IMG_3794 IMG_3795 For perspective, little Kate – big lighthouse.IMG_3796 IMG_3799 Future job: Lighthouse keeper. Whatta view!IMG_3800 IMG_3801 IMG_3802 At the Cape Cod Brew Fest Katie got an alcohol infused ice cream! She loved it.  This is the only photo I took at Beer Fest? Guess I was too busy toastin and enjoying fine brews!IMG_3805

Loved Cape Cod! I can not wait to go back and stay a little longer.

Live Free or Die

On Saturday Morning, we loaded up the CRV and headed up to New Hampshire. The cool thing about Massachusetts, especially where my friends live in Eastern Mass is that you are so close to so many different states. Within a half hour we were already in New Hampshire and on our way to our home for the weekend.

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I spot a covered bridge down there!IMG_3467 IMG_3469 IMG_3472 IMG_3475 IMG_3477 IMG_3478

Here we are exploring Flume Gorge in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  To explore the Gorge it is 16$ which seems like a pretty penny but the trail and bridges/ walkways are well maintained. Keep in mind that NH does not have sales tax so they have to get money for their parks some way and I really don’t mind helping save these cool spots for future generations!
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You can start to see a little bit of color change here for the fall. IMG_3483 IMG_3484 IMG_3486IMG_3489 IMG_3492

My friend, Katie posing under a covered bridge. IMG_3495 IMG_3499 IMG_3500 IMG_3502

After our car ride and exploring Flume we were ready to have our picnic lunch. Not far from Flume is a pretty lake called Echo Lake. It was windy the afternoon when we were there but we did enjoy the views and the hustle and bustle as a wedding was about to begin.  IMG_3505 IMG_3506

Next stop, Littleton, NH. A really cute town with a great brewery! Schilling Beer Co. My friend had heard about Schilling from a friend and this brewery and town did not disappoint – It was a fun little side trip for this beer lover.IMG_3510 IMG_3511

View from the side deck of the brewery. IMG_3513 IMG_3514

Gose, Saison, and Porter on Nitro – ALL so delicious! IMG_3557

We had just had lunch BUT the food looked amazing so we ordered this hummus plate. It did not disappoint.IMG_3518 IMG_3519 IMG_3520

What? Another covered bridge. They really are everywhere!IMG_3521 IMG_3522

Wow! Can you imagine this in your backyard! Lucky. IMG_3523 IMG_3526 IMG_3527

Finally, our campsite! All these beautiful green trees full of chipmunks ready to pelt you at any second with flying acorns. IMG_3528 IMG_3529

Its starting to look like all we did was eat and drink … only semi true! For dinner we made burgers over the grill and enjoyed them with a satisfying smoked beer from GermanyIMG_3532 IMG_3603

We stayed at Dry River Campground that had probably the most deluxe bathrooms I have ever seen and free warm showers. Also coin operated laundry and this awesome dish washing area. So convenient!IMG_3604 IMG_3607 IMG_3608 IMG_3610

Our adventure that day was climbing to the top of Mount Washington – the tallest peak in New England and also the record holder for windiest weather in the WORLD! We really lucked out with the amazing weather we had – it was perfect!IMG_3613 IMG_3614

We hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail and down the Jewell Trail, We began the assent at 9:45 made it to the top at right around 12:45 and arrived back to the car around 5 pm.  It is a lot of rock climbing – I made it in my nike frees but it would have been much better to wear real hiking shoes with grip and maybe some ankle protection. It was challenging but SO worth it. IMG_3618 IMG_3620

Right before your final assent to Mount Washington you come upon the Lakes of the Clouds a truly breathtaking site.
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Here I am! In all my top bun glory!

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Finally! WE reached the top of Mount Washington. These White Mountains are outta this world. I can not wait to get back.
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Cairns guide your way – along the sometimes not so obvious trail!IMG_3624 IMG_3625

New Hampshire – I love your mountains, your trees and your spirit. I can not wait till I come back.

Sweeney Ridge Hike

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More Information on the trail can be found on Bay Area Hiker.

I also love reading Yelp reviews.

My friend and I didn’t get started hiking until about 12:30 so the sun was already high in the sky and beaming down on us while we climbed up for 2 miles.

The first two miles are paved – which can be a turn off for some people, however, I did not mind. The rest of the trail was sandy.

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The City of South San Francisco.

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Pacifica

The picture above is where we stopped. In total we traveled 6.89 miles and it took right around two hours.

There are quite a few different paths you can take and I believe that the trails total around 15 miles.

I totally plan on coming back here! I even think it would be a great after work hike!

PROS: Love that it is so close to the city!

Love that you can diversify your hike every time.

Pet friendly! We saw lots of pups.

Cons: Close to the city… freeways and buildings are part of the view.

Partly paved.

During the week, you may encounter a truck driving up the trail to do maintenance.

Enjoy!