A Year In Mill Valley

A family of four remembers the year ahead

Morning ferry to San Francisco. Back to work we go. #blog


Morning ferry to San Francisco. Back to work we go. #blog via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/i1QXx_JSb6/
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Great soccer season this year…all the way to the semi-finals of the U-11 state cup. Well done Sebastian. (And thank gawd it’s finally over.) #blog


Great soccer season this year…all the way to the semi-finals of the U-11 state cup. Well done Sebastian. (And thank gawd it’s finally over.) #blog via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/iS5bmGpSV0/
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Rachel. Patches. Equator popup coffee bar. Downtown Mill Valley on a Sunday afternoon. #blog


Rachel. Patches. Equator popup coffee bar. Downtown Mill Valley on a Sunday afternoon. #blog via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/hHnuqPpSQJ/
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State cup in Manteca. Two goals today. Chip in and a header on a corner kick. Well done! #blog


State cup in Manteca. Two goals today. Chip in and a header on a corner kick. Well done! #blog via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/hHdArApSer/
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Evening ferry #blog


Evening ferry #blog via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/f4aB3jJSaa/
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Morning ferry #blog


Morning ferry #blog via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/f4Z2Q3pSaR/
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Why is bicycling so popular in the Netherlands…and how might we make it even more so here?

Nathaniel at the Aptos dirt jumps

Interesting article from the BBC on why bicycling is so popular in the Netherlands.

“In many cities the paths are completely segregated from motorised traffic. Sometimes, where space is scant and both must share, you can see signs showing an image of a cyclist with a car behind accompanied by the words ‘Bike Street: Cars are guests’.”

We could use a little more of that in Mill Valley.

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Bay Area Things To Do…

Captain Sebastian

One of my summer interns asked me for ideas of things to do in the Bay Area. Here’s my list…suggestions welcome!

  • Santa Cruz boardwalk…ride the Big Dipper 3 times in a row. Put your hands up!
  • Downtown Palo Alto. Meet some friends for drinks and dinner. Walk around the Stanford campus. Walk up to the “dish” and back.
  • Alcatraz. Really!
  • Muir Woods. But do it very early morning to miss the crowds. Then go have lunch at the Pelican Inn.
  • Stinson Beach. Walk on the beach. Have dinner at the Sand Dollar.
  • Bolinas. See the hippies. Stop at Gospel Flat Farm Stand. Go surfing.
  • Occidental. Go up the coast thru Pt Reyes Station. Grab a pastry at the Bovine Bakery. Then head up to Marshall and thru Freestone, and wind up in Occidental for dinner. Pick any of the Italian style restaurants there.
  • Music any weekend at Rancho Nicasio. Go Sat or Sunday for the bbq and music on the lawn. Always rocking.
  • Russian River. Rent kayaks.
  • Napa Valley. Can suggest some wineries if you’re interested. Stay in Calistoga.
  • Harbin Hot Springs. Really!
  • Drive from SF down the coast to Santa Barbara, and if you have time to Hearst Castle. Big Sur is AMAZING!
  • Yosemite. It’s only 3 1/2 hours.
  • Berkeley. Walk through the campus. Then over to Telegraph Avenue. Then up Strawberry Canyon and hike up to the lab. Have dinner in Elmwood area of Telegraph ave.
  • Giants game. Find good tix on stubhub or craigslist.
  • Any concert at Mt Winery in Saratoga. Great place to see any band.
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AJ and Nathaniel arrive at Woodward West Bike Camp in Tehachapi. 10 hours of driving for me, but looks like a fabulous place for these two to hang out for a week. #blog


AJ and Nathaniel arrive at Woodward West Bike Camp in Tehachapi. 10 hours of driving for me, but looks like a fabulous place for these two to hang out for a week. #blog via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/cnSVb-JSRp/
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Mountain biking in Glentress Forest UK. Makes Mt Tam look minor league. Think Tamarancho on steroids! Early out as we had a crash and burn situation caused by brakes opposite to the way we have them in the US. N is fine but a bruised thigh and ego. Good lesson though for Woodward West bike camp in two weeks — doesn’t matter how fast you are the first day…just how good you are the last day. Be safe and smart my son. #blog


Mountain biking in Glentress Forest UK. Makes Mt Tam look minor league. Think Tamarancho on steroids! Early out as we had a crash and burn situation caused by brakes opposite to the way we have them in the US. N is fine but a bruised thigh and ego. Good lesson though for Woodward West bike camp in two weeks — doesn’t matter how fast you are the first day…just how good you are the last day. Be safe and smart my son. #blog via Instagram http://instagram.com/p/cKerNrJSU0/
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