Views: Christmas Tree Hill
Christmas Tree Hill is at the top of the hill where Tamalpias Blvd. meets Corte Madera ave. in Corte Madera. Though the drive up is steep and winding, the view is worth the trip park at the top and walk 100 yards to the rock on the right of the trail. This view is especially beautiful at night.
Volley Bonk is a game that I stumbled upon while driving though the mission one evening. It looked like so much fun that I pulled over the car and joined in. It is essentially volleyball that is played on a tennis court with a yoga ball. This particular group plays every sunday from eight thirty to ten in Dolores Park. Drop ins are welcomed and you are sure to have a terrific time.
Pink Saturday is San Francisco’s largest, gayest, and most fun street party. 500,000 people gather in the Castro for a night of debauchery, dancing, and nudity. It is held Saturday the night before pride at Castro and Market. Bring your fun shoes.
Jumps: The Drawbridge Jump
The Drawbridge Jump is a large train bridge that has been inactively sitting between highway 101 and the Larkspur Ferry terminal for as long as I can remember. Those who frequent Marin are surely familiar with this bizarre structure. You can climb onto the railway from either the land (by the road) or the water (where the bridge goes up). Although we have never measured the jump I estimate it to...
Giant Soccer is a sport that is played like regular soccer with an exercise ball and slightly different rules. What you will need is and exercise ball like the one above at least six people and a pitch. Turf fields like the ones at almost all Marin County high schools work best. The goals, which should already be there for you, are lighter than they look and can be moved to make the field the...
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival
The Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is an enormous music festival held annually for the last nine years in Golden Gate Park. It is generously put on by a rather wealthy member of the bay and is, consequently, free to all. This three-day festival held in October features a large variety of performers across six stages. A few notable past performers include Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Elvis...
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Sunsquad is a sacred ceremony that embodies that essence of this blog. It is a sure way to turn a great night into an unforgettable adventure. Gather a group of willing and able people and commit to spending the entire night traveling the Bay and doing fun things in search of the sunrise. Select several of the activities and places mentioned below, mix in some ideas of your own imagining, and set...
Views: Vista Point
Vista Point in the Marin Headlands is the most vivid place to view the Golden Gate Bridge day and night alike. To find take the last exit before the on the Marin side and go up the hill till you see bunkers and cars parked on you left. Walk out on the path to the rail and enjoy a beautiful view. (It is even possible to go further down the hill and explore the bridge on a more hands on level if you...
Cuts: North Beach
North Beach in Pt. Reyes is hands down the most beautiful beach in the Bay area. If you have never been it is definitely worth a visit. Usually void of people this beach sports huge waves, sand dunes and pieces of drift wood. What more could one wish for? To find go though inverness as if you are heading to the Pt. Reyes lighthouse and look for a right turn labeled North Beach. Awesome place to...
Take up the sport of climbing. Whether for a day or a lifetime it is an exhilarating activity that can be done indoors or outdoors all over the Bay Area. To get started go to a climbing gym there are five or six in the bay area and get a day pass (usually around $15) and rent some shoes. Bouldering (a type of climbing that is done with no ropes on lower walls) requires no experience or other...
Jumps: Alpine Lake
The Alpine Lake jumps is in the one of the most remote parts of the Bay Area. To get there take the Fairfax-Bolinas rd. All the way until you cross alpine dam and then look for the path to the jump. The lake is beautiful and the drive though long and windy is especially pretty as well.
Frolfunk is a fusion of the words frisbee golf and crunk used to describe a special version of frolf which is near and dear to my heart. Essentially, frolfunk is the frolf drinking game. Whenever a team or person loses a hole, they take a shot. If the hole ends in a tie the next hole is played for two shots. As with frolf this can be played on an established course or one of your own imagination....
Lovefest is a free event at the Civic Center in San Francisco where people dress up gather and dance like freaks.
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Cuts: Baltimore Canyon
Baltimore Canyon is an open space area a in Lakspur. When driving through Larkspur turn onto Madron st. and follow it till it dead ends. There you will find beautiful trees, trails, and a river.
Frolf is played like golf with frisbees. However, it is more than just a the fastest growing sport in terms of facilities built in america- frolf is a lifestyle. It is about going out in nature and spending time with the people you love doing something fun. Frolf can be played on a course or in the middle of a street. The only thing you will need are some frolf discs. These can be purchased at...
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Every Valentines Day there is a pillow fight of epic proportions in downtown San Francisco. Thousands flock to Justin Herman plaza with pillows of every size and shape. At the stroke of 6 PM the battle commences and rages on for hours into the night.
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Cuts: Kirby Cove
Kirby Cove is a beach in the Marin Headlands just below the Vista Point that looks onto the Golden Gate Bridge. To find it park at the vista point and walk down the trail on you right for about 15 minutes until you reach the beach. I think the picture below speaks louder than my words ever could about the appeal of this special place.
Power to the Peaceful
Power to the Peaceful is a free concert held at Golden Gate park in speedway meadow. It is put on every year by Michael Franti and Spearhead. Thousands of people gather, dance, get high and enjoy a day in the park. Attractions besides the musical performance include yoga, hippies, drum circles, and wacky costumes in all directions.
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Cuts: Muir Woods
Muir Woods is a beautiful forest located at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais. John Muir himself once called the place, “The best tree-lovers monument that could be found in all the forests in the world.”
Treasure Island Music Festival
Treasure Island Music Festival is epic. They have a consistently incredible lineup which over the last three years has included Justice, Spoon, Modest Mouse, M.I.A., MSTRKRFT, MGMT, Hot Chip etc. It is held as you can imagine on Treasure Island in the middle of the bay. As the sun sets over the city and the music continues to blare you are struck with that incredible feeling that there is nowhere...
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The Tank Game
The tank game is a hilariously fun game that can be played anywhere from a garage to a field. What you will need: Some sort of projectile (i.e. tennis balls) At least four players (works best with six or eight) Blindfolds How to play: Each team of two selects one person to be the tank The tank is then blinfolded and must use the commands of his teamate to move The tennis balls are then...