Kayak in Campsites at Tomales Bay

At the end of last year, one of my best friends made the effort to plan a trip every month. Booking sites, getting permits etc… I have been lucky enough to share a few of these trips with her.

Last Saturday morning my friends and I left Oak/SF before 8 am to head up to Petaluma, got sandwiches at the Petaluma Market Deli, then onto the Bear Valley Visitors Center to collect our permits and then to Marshall beach to launch.

We rented kayaks from Blue Water Kayaks, great experience and they have dry bags, wet suits and tie downs if you need them. We used the wet suits when we kayaked later in the afternoon but it was warm enough not to need them. We left Marshalls beach around 12 pm.

I didn’t take my camera out all of Saturday, so these pics are all from Sunday morning before we got back to Marshalls beach around 12.

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The tide came up really high in the early morning. We all thought we were going to be underwater, luckily that didn’t happen! tomalesbaykayakcampingIMG_4542tomalesbaykayakcampingIMG_4545tomalesbaykayakcampingIMG_4546tomalesbaykayakcampingIMG_4552

I would love to come out here again! It was a really fun overnight.tomalesbaykayakcampingIMG_4553tomalesbaykayakcampingIMG_4554

Whenever we are in the area we have to hit Wild Flour. The most delicious and fresh baked bread.

The most delicious and fresh baked bread. Cash only so please be prepared otherwise you will be bummin’ hard. We love the Fougasse and the Cinnamon Bread.tomalesbaykayakcampingIMG_4566tomalesbaykayakcampingIMG_4565tomalesbaykayakcampingIMG_4563

What a delicious end to a fun and relaxing weekend!

Other resources:

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Connecticut : Barns, Beers and Brooks

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If you make it to New Milford, CT you have to eat at Dagwoods. Great beer selection and the Dagwoods Burger was a burger that I will dream of until I make it back. IMG_6971

Next stop, about thirty minutes away in Oxford was Black Hog Brewery.  I really enjoyed all of their beers but my favorite was probably the Bush Pig just because it was so unique I don’t think I have ever tried a beer with Kumquat.

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Next stop, a few miles away is OEC Brewing. Really delicious unique brews. IMG_6980IMG_6983IMG_6984IMG_6990IMG_6991

Heading back to the Barn for the night and getting some brews and ‘road sodas’.IMG_7003IMG_7006IMG_7009

‘Road Sodas’ for everyone but the driver!IMG_7020

Adorable antique stores in Gaylordsville, CT.IMG_7022IMG_7023

The Brook behind my friends house.IMG_7025

Their adorable red barn!IMG_7026

Another day, another burger. Great Burger at the Fife’ n DrumIMG_7048

I had such an amazing weekend in Connecticut and can not wait to ( hopefully) come back this Fall.IMG_7049IMG_7052

City that Never Sleeps : Part 3

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Double Dutch Espresso in Harlem. 

The exterior and interior is adorable. Friendly staff, delicious coffee and pastries to stay in ( free Wifi) or walk around with. Near Columbia which is a beautiful campus to walk around. Highly reccomend if you are in the area.

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Hanging out around Columbia University!

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New York Public Library 

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Hilarious Drinking Fountain

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2nd Ave Deli 

This Deli was recommended to us by our friend who is Jewish so I felt pretty confident that I was going to enjoy my meal here. The moment we walked in we felt like family and that feeling stayed with us throughout the meal. I ordered the half pastrami with matzo ball soup and a latke. The pastrami and matzo ball soup were some of the best I have ever had and the latke was a totally different experience than the latkes I have had in the Bay Area. I thoroughly enjoyed my meal here and would 10/10 recommend.

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Chocolate Seltzer at the end of our meal! So Delicious.

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Grand Central Station

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Viewing of the Daily Show with Trevor Noah! Reserve tickets online, then go day of at 2:30 to get your tickets, walk around, get food or beer and then head back at 4:30 for the taping. The taping will take until about 7 pm.
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Loving ALL the tulips and Spring Time blooms!
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We were trying to find a roof top bar, and in April their roof top wasn’t open but since we were there we went to their bar/ cafe and enjoyed some drinks while reminiscing on our weekend!

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Such a fun experience! I highly suggest going to a live audience show. SO much fun and really interesting to see the behind the scenes.

New York New York : Part 2

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Another Beautiful Day in NYC
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Brunch of Lox and Bagels
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Tulips are blooming all over the city.
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Central Park lovin’

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Banana Pudding at Magnolia Bakery is a must eat. They have a location a few blocks from the park, grab a little treat and enjoy it outside.IMG_6610

The Roof  is a great little bar with an incredible view. Yes the drinks are more expensive than you might pay elsewhere but the view is amazing!IMG_6612IMG_6617

For dinner, we went to Boqueria in SoHo after the restaurant we wanted to go to had a three hour wait.  It was a great choice. Delicious food and friendly staff. When I am back I would try this for Brunch it looks delicious.IMG_6620IMG_6622

Next, we headed to Washington Square Park. At night, the park was filled with musicians and performers.  IMG_6626IMG_6632

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Off to the most touristy spot ever – Time Square.IMG_6644IMG_6645IMG_6647IMG_6649IMG_6658

Get a great view of the Empire State Building from the Rooftop Bar at the Marriott Vacation Club. IMG_6706Then to get a great view of the city head up the Empire State Building. Open until 2 am so plenty of time to get that night scape view. It is truly breathtaking. What a view!IMG_6670IMG_6673IMG_6697

Ended the night in the most New York way possible, a NY Slice from NY Pizza Suprema.IMG_6775

Toasty’s Favs

I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite things that I have been loving this past week so that you may have the chance to enjoy them as well or at least be inspired to try something new.

My NEW all time favorite place to go for a latte is Illy. Especially on a rainy day after a hellacious week at work.  I don’t know how I walked by this place for almost two years without going in, however I won’t dwell on that fact but rather make the most of experiencing the delicioushness as long as I can now that I know about it!  If you have one near you – PLEASE – try it and if you don’t have one visit somewhere that does and make a point to latte it up.  My fav flavor is Lavender Mint ( major yum ) but I also love the Vanilla Clove… uh oh now Im really craving one of these luscious lattes.

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Cake Tasting at Sweet Adelines in Berkeley in preparation for my friend’s wedding. It was such a fun experience and the staff was SO wonderful… oh and the cake was REAL good. My choice was the carrot cake.

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This amazing tree blooming in our backyard. I looked outside one day and it was bloomin’ and it was beautiful and exciting and sprintimey… and then the next week it was storming but at least we still have the tree.

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Only the coolest dog park EVA, Point Isabel in Richmond. Like literally dog haven and human haven if you love dogs.

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Finally, I whipped up a sweet treat to share with y’all that hopefully you can enjoy with a loved one this Valentines Day! ( I will be sharing the recipe on Wednesday)

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