off-road to tahoe

by Geezer on July 22, 2014

trainBay seniors who cringe at the thought of being slammed by traffic on 80 getting to Tahoe do have an alternative. Amtrak’s California Zephyr leaves Oakland’s Jack London Station and after a stop in Sacramento arrives in Truckee 5 hours later (more or less). Granted it is not that much faster than the freeway but the stress level is considerably lower. You ride ( try to get a seat in the lounge car) in comfort along the Bay and through the Sierras where you can look at the peaks not the pavement (best views are on the left side of the train). There are snacks but not many more amenities. Don’t be surprised by unscheduled stops.Two unreserved coach seats are $90.65 one way. Wi-fi available.

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stern grove for free

by Geezer on July 22, 2014

stern groveBay seniors who hesitate to attend summer concerts in Stern Grove because of the crowds/parking/seating should know that there is reserved seating, reserved packing and free food for you. The only requirement is that you volunteer. Positions include ushers, information booth staffers, bike valets,donation collectors,greeters etc. Sign up here. This Sunday Rufus Wainwright will be giving one of his prima don performances.

 

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just kidding

by Geezer on July 21, 2014

laughBay seniors may occasionally regret that Walt opted not to open his first Disneyland on Angel Island (there were apparently serious rumors for a few months) but if you are looking for nearby massively fun theme park adventures with your grandkids, consider Scandia in Rohnert Park. Traffic on 101 is hellacious so plan to leave early but once there you’ll find a slew of safely wild activities including a L’il Indy Raceway, bumper cars, blaster boats, miniature golf and a major arcade.$19.95 per person through Aug.10. It has a loosely Viking theme and you recall what fun those guys were.

 

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splash

July 21, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors feeling the urge to swim but shudder at the thought of dipping into the 60 degree Pacific have all kinds of options in nearby (and 5 to 10 degrees warmer) lakes and rivers. In the Delta the Sacramento River has dozens of sandy beaches just an hour from the city. On the […]

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chillin’

July 15, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors are wise enough to trust Cindy Pawlcyn whose Napa restaurant, Mustard’s, is still deliciously reliable after 30 years. Among her many witty, successful innovations is a coolly luscious gazpacho made from green grapes, almonds, buttermilk and yogurt. It’s velvety and creamy with a slight cayenne kick. Best served cold in chilled bowls […]

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the lush life

July 14, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors who like their hikes as bosky and green as possible might want to consider a walk in Tomales Bay State Park just west of Inverness. Take the Johnstone Trail to Shell Beach which is an easy 5.2 miles round trip and is dense with huckleberry, ferns and coast live oaks. Another mile […]

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the boonies

July 14, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors like me who enjoy seeing gaping looks on their friends’ faces might want to consider telling them you spent a fine weekend at Sheep Dung properties. In actual fact this colony of cottages in verdant Boonville is contemporary ,clean and secluded, like visiting Northern California before vineyard creep. Your canine is more […]

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bullied

July 13, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors are not young and foolish (and fast enough) to enjoy being chased around a quarter mile track by stampeding 1,500 pound bulls at Pleasanton’s Fair on Saturday July 26 at 11 am. (Their horns appear to be blunted but still….). But it sounds like a kick to watch. Your older grandkids will […]

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chat rooms

July 9, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors hungry for serious cultural stimulation are encouraged to join Gertrude, a modern day salon modeled after Ms.Stein’s celebrated Parisian get-togethers. It has been a success in New York where intimate evenings are centered around visits to artist’s studios and other cultural venues. Soon it is coming to San Francisco and inaugural invitations […]

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can you dig it?

July 8, 2014

Tweet Bay seniors who find that as they grow older their thumbs are getting greener, will revel in the Tour des Fleurs on July 26, an annual event in deeply green Half Moon Bay. A number of farms, nurseries and greenhouses, many of them usually not open to the public, will be answering some of your […]

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