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  • GWIA...4 29 16

    Guess Where I Amโ€ฆ? ๐ŸŒŽ

    This picture was taken at the Puerto Vallarta Zoo in Mismaloya, Mexico. Just prior to this photo being taken, the giraffe bent down and licked the sweat from the back of my ear!! Feeding a giraffe a carrot from my mouth was also a pretty thrilling experience!

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    Travel & Adventure – Prager Winery & Port Works ๐Ÿท ๐Ÿ‡

    We had a few beautiful days to spend in Napa during the month of January. Our inspiration you ask? Seventy degree weather in the middle of winter! Frequently I forget that Napa Valley is just over an hours drive from the San Francisco Peninsula (approx. 70-miles). So, my partner in crime and I packed a small overnight bag and headed to the wine country!

    As we entered Prager Winery & Port Works we found ourselves surrounded by lush green gardens. Not the manicured, stately gardens of Domaine Carneros, rather, the kind of gardens surrounding a sweet country cottage far, far away. The dirt road leading to the winery is very narrow and easy to miss, so keep your eyes peeled as you approach on highway 29.

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  • GWIA... 4 22 16

    Guess Where I Amโ€ฆ? ๐ŸŒŽ

    Hotel Sofitel, Redwood City, California: Dale Chihulyโ€™s Glass Chandelier. This amazing explosion of blue and green blown glass greets the eye in the lobby of the Sofitel hotel. I first became acquainted with Chihulyโ€™s ethereal mastery of glass sculpture while visiting the Monterey Bay Aquarium exhibition entitled โ€œJellies: Living Artโ€ in 2002. Photography of his work is gorgeous, but viewing it with your own eyes is nothing short of pure magic!

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    Bee Cause…! April 2016 ๐Ÿ

    We visited the Gallery of California Natural Sciences in Oakland to see the Honeybee exhibit and learned about the 1,600 species of bees that live in California. Bees help produce our food and keep our ecosystem buzzing. There are many things we can all do to better support our local pollinators. It begins with creating a healthy and reliable food source for them, free of dangerous pesticides. Many people are unaware of the devastating effects systemic fertilizers, RoundUp, and neonicotinoids have on our wonderful pollinator communities. These chemicals contaminate the pollen and nectar bees feed upon, which in turn wipes out entire colonies.

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  • Dear Matilda

    Full House

    Dear Matilda,

    My generous in-laws invite us to use their luxurious cabin in the mountains, rent-free, a few times throughout the year. We usually invite another family to enjoy a holiday with us, and divvy up the meals and other costs accordingly. Most, if not all of our guests go out of their way to pay for restaurants, etc. as a token of their appreciation for the invitation to join us at the cabin. This is certainly not expected, but always appreciated given the rental rates for cabins in the area are seriously off-the-charts $$$!

    Recently, I invited a friend & her family (2-adults, 2-kids) to join us for our upcoming holiday at the cabin. We agreed on the dates and began planning our adventures. A few days later, while attending a charity luncheon, my friend invited another woman and her family, whom I am not acquainted with, to join us at the cabin for our upcoming holiday. I was without words and unable to respond before she audaciously stated she was sure it wouldnโ€™t be a issue because there was enough room for their family of four (bed-wise) to stay with us at the cabin….

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  • GWIA April 15 2016 E1460730556787

    Guess Where I Am…? ๐ŸŒŽ

    Answer:

    Rooftop of The California Academy Of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA.
    This was always my favorite place to go as a child. Newly remodeled in 2008, the natural science museum now features a living rooftop with over 1.7 million California native plants, which opens to allow natural ventilation throughout the building. If you get the opportunity for a visit, don’t forget to stop by the alligator pit and say ‘hello’ to Claude, the albino American gator.
    Adult admission is $35 and family memberships are available for $250/year. http://www.calacademy.org/

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    Guess Where I Amโ€ฆ? ๐ŸŒŽ

    San Francisco Bay, California. The photo of the Stรคmpfli Express was taken by one of my talented masters rowing teammates Karen Gheno last December. Iโ€™m in the #7 seat from the bow (back/left side) of the boat!

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    Travel & Adventure – Napa Valley, CA ๐Ÿ‡ ๐Ÿท

    We had a few beautiful days to spend in Napa during the month of January. Our inspiration you ask? Seventy degree weather in the middle of winter! Frequently I forget that Napa Valley is just over an hours drive from the San Francisco Peninsula (approx. 70-miles). So, my partner in crime and I packed a small overnight bag and headed to the wine country!

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  • GWIA... 4 1 16

    Guess Where I Am…? ๐ŸŒŽ

    Spires at Antoni Gaudiโ€™s La Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain. Construction of this amazing cathedral began in 1882 and as of 2015 was approximately 70% completed. To honor Gaudi’s commitment to the design and construction of this extraordinary structure, a final completion target date of 2026 has been projected to mark the 100th anniversary of his passing. The annual construction budget is 25 million euros ($28 million+ US). If you have an opportunity to visit, the entrance fee is 15 – 20 euros ($17 – 22 US)

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