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Liz's Travel log

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Jul 22, 2005 06:00 PM The team assembles for take off

At last it's time to go, and I am still running around gathering up odds and ends, trying to be sure I'm not forgetting anything crucial. Paddle? Check. PFD (Personal Flotation Device)? Check. Dry bags? Double check. Anything I don't have, I'll just have to find a way to survive without.

Arriving at the launch site in Sausalito, our little group of 12 intrepid adventurers is slowly assembling, arms full of tents, sleeping bags, and other assorted gear.

Our group leader, Mitch, gathers us together for introductions and instructions, and then it's off to off to don our spray skirts and paddle jackets, and pack up the kayaks. How we will ever fit all this gear into these tiny boats I cannot tell.



Jul 21, 2005 06:00 PM Preparing for Launch

Spent much of the day getting everything ready for tomorrow's kayak camping trip to Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. Although it's only a quick trip, and not far away, I am still making a big deal out of it, as it is my first kayak camping experience.

I worry about keeping everything dry, not taking too much stuff, but having everything I need. It's hard to know whether to prepare for soaring temperatures or chilly conditions -- in the space of 24 hours we could easily encounter both. At least it doesn't look like it will rain.



May 15, 2004 06:00 PM Only in San Francisco: Bay to Breakers

Only in San Francisco: Bay to Breakers Roughly 60,000 people ran, walked or partied their way along the 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) of the Bay to Breakers Race course through the heart of San Francisco yesterday. Of course, I had to be among them!

The day couldn't have been more beautiful, and local bands and DJs lined the course keeping the beat going.

My head was constantly turning, smiling at the many participants sporting outlandish costumes, or wearing nothing at all (besides shoes and socks).



May 15, 2004 06:00 PM Bay to Breakers: Elite Runners Battle it Out

Bay to Breakers: Elite Runners Battle it Out At the top of the infamous Hayes St. hill, elite runners from Kenya battle for the lead. In the end it was the man in third in this photo, #10, Benjamin Maiyo, who triumphed, with a time of 34 minutes, 50 seconds, walking away with the $7,500 first prize.



May 15, 2004 06:00 PM Bay to Breakers: Crazy Costumes are the Norm

Bay to Breakers: Crazy Costumes are the Norm Participants invent many different ways, from creative to bizarre, to express their individuality.



May 15, 2004 06:00 PM Bay to Breakers: Fun for All Ages

Bay to Breakers: Fun for All Ages Folks of all ages, from babies to senior citizens, enjoy the party that stretches for miles and lasts for hours.



May 15, 2004 06:00 PM Bay to Breakers: Ok, I know what you really wanted to see...

Bay to Breakers: Ok, I know what you really wanted to see... And now, a tasteful glimpse of bum... only in San Francisco!



May 08, 2004 06:00 PM Over the Bridge by Bike

Over the Bridge by Bike I've walked over it, kayaked under it, driven across it, but until this day I had never experienced the thrill of bicycling the great span of San Francisco's famous Golden Gate Bridge.

Biking the bridge is special because only bikes are permitted on the seaward side of the bridge. In parts it’s tricky, as bikes are going both ways along the sometimes-narrow strip of pavement. Still, it’s an exhilarating ride, sea breeze in my face and the beautiful bay hundreds of feet below my spinning wheels.



May 08, 2004 06:00 PM Biking Marin

Biking Marin Just over the Golden Gate north of San Francisco, Marin County is a haven for both mountain and road bike enthusiasts. In fact, they say the sport of mountain biking was invented on Mt. Tamalpais, which you see in the distance in this picture.

There are miles of wonderful paths, through woods, wetlands and quiet neighborhoods. Many, like this one through Mill Valley, have been converted from old, unused railroad tracks, linking delightful small towns with great restaurants and unique local shops.



May 08, 2004 06:00 PM A Swing through Sausalito

A Swing through Sausalito Just north of the Golden Gate Bridge is the picturesque town of Sausalito, named by 18th century Spanish explorers. This exclusive seaside town of 7,500 residents features beautiful views across the bay, as well as lots of excellent local restaurants and boutique shops, all packed within about a three-block area.

Just try to bike through without stopping for a bite to eat, or a peak inside an artist’s gallery -- I couldn’t!

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