Dose of Awesome # 282

My time in San Francisco is drawing to a close. I arrived on the afternoon of the 7th, exhausted from a 3:30 am wake-up call and landing in a time zone that was 3 hours earlier. But after a hot shower and a cup of coffee, I was ready to go.

My first day in San Francisco took me walking to Telegraph Hill and up the Coit Tower for a panoramic view of the city, then to Fisherman’s Wharf, where I wandered the piers and had chili in a sourdough bread bowl at famous Boudin’s Bakery.

My second day took me to Grace Cathedral, Lombard Street (the famous “crookedest” street in the world), then to the Hollywood Café for eggs benedict. Afterward, I walked along the bay all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge. I enjoyed a windy walk across the bridge and back, then all the way back along the bay into Chinatown.

I walked 24 km that day.

My third day entailed a guided tour with Incredible Adventures  into Muir Woods to wander among the giant redwood trees, and to Sonoma for wine and beer tasting.

We finished the day at the look-off for an excellent view of the Golden Gate Bridge.

My fourth day took me to Haight-Ashbury and all through Golden Gate Park. Then back up Market Street and into Chinatown again for a bit of shopping.

And today, my fifth day, took me to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and on a mini shopping spree at REI, Target and City Lights Books.

There’s still so much I want to do and see, but there just wasn’t enough time. Nevertheless, awesome is the opportunity to experience a new city, and awesome is San Francisco!

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Dose of Awesome # 281

I’ve been on summer vacation for two weeks. Like previous years, I decided to stay in Kuujjuaq to enjoy the beautiful (relatively bug-free) weather, finish up some projects, and relax before I travel to California and hike the John Muir Trail. My days have been full of playing violin, reading, drawing, biking, hiking, and just enjoying the land both alone and with friends. I could not have asked for a more rejuvenating and fulfilling time.

1. Awesome was finishing not one, but two new drawings.

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Amaruq – Wolf

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Kayuqtuq – Red Fox

2. Awesome was the opportunity to enjoy 7…yes 7…hikes on the land?

3. Awesome were picnics, and road trips and little walks past the end of the Road to Nowhere, where we found one of the most beautiful spots around Kuujjuaq, had a healing ceremony, and saw muskoxen. Further awesome are muskoxen – a symbol of strength and endurance, and their timely appearance.