Fitness + Outdoors
If you feel yourself wanting to ditch the cars, buses, trains and hustle, and calm down a little bit, might we suggest a leisurely horseback ride? Here are a few of our favorite spots to saddle up, hitch a ride on the back of a horse to soak in the beauty of the Bay Area.
Garrod Farms, in the Saratoga Foothills near San Jose
The plant-it-yourself movement in San Francisco is really picking up steam. But for anyone lacking a backyard or spacious deck perfect for sprouting plants and flowers, there's a bevvy of community gardens (like the Alemany Farm and the Hayes Valley Farm) dotting the city for you to live out your green-thumb dreams in. There are many more out there beyond the ones listed here. Find one in your neighborhood by clicking here.
This summer marks Wanderlust's third go at a yoga-and-music festival in Tahoe's Squaw Valley. Imagine lithe yogis practicing with top teachers (SF's Stephanie Snyder, Marin's MC Yogi, and more) backed by live music and then heading over to big stages to catch Girl Talk and Michael Franti. To get ready, the fest is taking over the Fillmore May 21. Tickets start at $25 and include two music-charged asana classes, sounds from the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart, and a trippy Trance Dance performance from the Madonna of yoga, Shiva Rea.
Fill up your water bottle, strap on that helmet, and roll up your right pant leg. May is National Bike Month. More than 100,000 Bay Area riders are expected to participate in Bike to Work Day on May 12, including Timbuk2 CEO Mike Wallenfels, who bikes 38 miles roundtrip on his regular commute. “I ride along the bay through Marin County, where I have views of Mt. Tamalpais and the shore of Sausalito. You can’t beat crossing the Golden Gate Bridge at sunrise,” he says. Energizer stations set up around the city make the Bike to Work Day commute even easier with free beverages and snacks. After work, pedal to DNA Lounge for a party and fashion show complete with raffles, DJs, and valet bicycle parking.
IN THE CITY
Contrary to popular opinion, urbanites can indeed stargaze. In SF, your best bet is to head west, where the sky is darkest. Inside of Golden Gate Park, Stow Lake is curtained by tall trees that block out most city lights. The shadows cast by surrounding trees in grassy Speedway Meadow do the same. At the coast, Lands End offers a full view of the western sky, right down to the dark, watery horizon, where, if you arrive just after sunset, you’ll see Orion the hunter.
Any local surfer knows that Ocean Beach can be a gnarly, currenty, beachbreak of a mess. The water is frigid, the waves unpredictable. But on calm days, usually in the fall, Ocean Beach can produce some gloriously glassy waves. And that’s just what the Association of Surfing Professionals is banking on.
On Sunday morning, the ASP announced that Ocean Beach will host the 10th event of their World Tour. The competition will bring 35 pros from around the globe to battle it out on the unpredictable waves at Kelly’s Cove. Because there’s no guarantee that our local waves will cooperate, the ASP has given a two-week window (November 1-11) for the competition.