Bay seniors have no excuse to put off riding the range. There are trails and horses-by-the-hour to ride studding the greater Bay Area. Closest to home is the 100-year-old Mar Vista Stables where you can trot along the coast near Fort Funston down to Ocean Beach itself on guided rides, to splash your hooves in the surf. No reservations needed for individuals or small groups. Starting at $50 an hour. Further south in the wild chapparal of the exclusive Carmel Valley Ranch, you can take a guided hour-long Sunset Trail ride overlooking the Pacific as another golden California day ends. Starting at $210. For any ride anywhere be prepared to have young kids in your posse.
Bay seniors pondering the advantages of country living are encouraged to check out the Gravenstein Apple Fair on Aug. 8 and 9 at Ragle Ranch Park in Sebastopol from 10-6. Of course there’s a full schedule of live music, arts and crafts, local food, kids activities, apple pie baking contests, wine, cider and beer. More unique are an artisan cheese tent and workshops on cow milking, sheep shearing and raising backyard goats. Gravenstein by the way is the German name for these originally Danish apples. Seniors $12.
Bay seniors whose earliest athletic memories include fierce grammar school games of dodgeball might want to know this retro sport is still being played. In fact every Sunday at 5:30pm this month at the Mission Rec Center in the City you can join a one-hour pick up session that employs a softer ball than you probably used in third grade. Includes a sing-a-long, of course. $3.