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Memorial Day on the Fly

Another three-day weekend and you're left without plans (and quite possibly, money, too). What to do? Where to go? How to do it? Lucky for you, the Bay Area is hardly void of cheap-and-easy thrills. Here are some ideas simple enough to plan with a moment's notice.

Surf lessons at Bolinas Beach. Learn to ride the waves at one of the Bay Area's more popular--not to mention, taxing--surf spots. Lessons and classes are a dime a dozen at outfitters like 2 Mile Surf Shop. You might even spot some of us 7x7 staffers hanging out on land having a barbeque, too!

Hike the Dipsea Trail. The curiously steep 626 steps leading up to the trailhead of this popular Mill Valley-to-Stinson Beach hike are no doubt the most challenging part of the whole journey.

Drink beer at the German Tourist Club. Deep in Muir Woods lies a Bavarian-style beer garden---and a lot of alcohol to whet your whistle. If you want to get in a little physical activity first, hike out via the Redwood or Sun Trail (directions available on the Tourist Club website). Otherwise, park at the club and drink to your heart's content. Just remember: it's cash only.

Conquer the Wiggle. To avoid San Francisco's treacherous hills, a relatively grade-free route is at your disposal, perfect for a leisurely bike ride. The Wiggle begins at the Duboce Bikeway on Market Street and then moves in a zig-zag up Steiner, Waller, Pierce, Haight, Scott, and Fell Street to the Panhandle Bikeway. The path follows the route of the old Sans Souci Valley and cuts diagonally across Lower Haight.

Picnic at Alamo Square Park. Grab some easy bites (and maybe a six-pack or three) from one of Hayes Street's many convenience stores, a blanket and some friends, and claim your plot of grass before this popular spot with one of the best views in the city fills up.

Pay your respects. Join veterans, their families and other San Francisco residents as they convene at 10:30am on Monday for a Memorial Day Parade and program at the Presidio's National Cemetery (schedule available here).