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Pool Hunting: The Best of Bay Area Swimming

Summertime, and the living’s foggy. Don’t let it stop you from taking a dunk at these local watering holes.

Escape the Fog and Head to Guerneville

Guerneville is the kind of NorCal town you can’t help but love—ringed by redwoods, bisected by the meandering Russian River and only a 90-minute drive from SF—it has “summer weekend” written all over it. Check into Boon Hotel + Spa (14711 Armstrong Woods Rd., Guerneville, 707-869-2721), a year-old property half a mile from the center of town, owned by former San Franciscans Crista Luedtke and Jill McCall. This whitewashed paradise has only 14 rooms, many of which ring the pool, and the gray-and-orange interiors sport a modern bent, with George Nelson lamps and cork floors. Best of all, your well-behaved dog is welcome to join you.

Easy Rider: The Mean Spirit by SF's 1977Mopeds

I told you I'd be including some design for the outdoors on this blog. Here's installment #2:

Workout Destination: Baker Beach

If you're like most San Franciscans, you're healthy, you're active and you like the outdoors. In fact, that's probably why you live here. So in the spirit of helping you walk the walk, we've teamed with the fitness gurus over at PacWest Athletics to highlight various inspiring outdoor locations around the Bay.

So here's one at quintessential SF pretty spot: Baker Beach.

Dogs, Heavy Metal + Headlocks: 6 Workouts that Won’t Leave You Bored

Sure, you can join a different gym, start a new running regimen and trade your desk chair for an exercise ball (good luck with that). But even the most dedicated fitness fanatics among us need a little more than the usual dose of exercise-related excitement now and again.

Whether you’re looking for an entirely new physical pursuit to immerse yourself in this year or an occasional diversion to spice up your regular workout routine, we’ve got five super-fun workouts that won’t leave you bored.

Modern Day Treasure Hunters

I'm not usually one for group activities, especially ones forced on you by your employer with the purpose of "team building." But, that said, such events may not be so creepy if you get to choose the members of your group, right? Enter Modern Day Treasure Hunters, which is holding a 21-and-over GPS-navigated scavenger hunt, with clues taking the form of music trivia, in a Walnut Creek park on Friday evening. On average, you traverse about two miles (which easily satifies your step-quotient for the day—just ask your pedometer) during the hunt.

The Camper's Secret: The Day Pass

Even though the road trip down to Big Sur on the supremely picturesque Highway One is a no-brainer in terms of worthy staycations, the recent feature in the March issue of Budget Travel, while stacked with some decent Central Coast recommends, failed to mention one important little secret privy only to the region's campers.

Naked Hiking Day

This picture is worth a thousand words, so I'm going to keep this short and sweet. Happy Naked Hiking Day! Thanks to my ReadyMade cohorts for bringing this event—which, not coincidentally, falls on the first day of summer—to my attention. My only observation after clicking on the various nude-hiking links is that this phenomenon is largely male-centric. I'll leave you to form your own opinions. And, if you've been nude hiking in NorCal, do tell (in the comment form below!).

Hike the Ecology Trail in the Presidio

I hate to divulge my neighborhood's best-kept secret for a quick outdoor fix, so I must apologize in advance to all my Presidio Heights homies for inviting the masses to overrun our perfect little walkabout. Here goes: To get to the Ecology Trail in the Presidio, I jump over the wall at the northernmost point of Cherry Street, and prance just a few paces to the first of many Hansel-and-Gretel moments on this 1.4-mile hike: a trailhead flanked by towering, vine-covered eucalyptus trees. However, a bag of breadcrumbs won't be necessary since the footpath—which meanders in and out of the sunshine, through shady forests and grassy clearings—is distinctly marked.

Distance Swimmers to Brave Shark Infested Waters ... for Charity!

This Saturday, six Bay Area athletes will attempt something that many (most?) people would consider totally insane: swimming from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge – a 30 mile distance through frigid, great white shark infested waters (fun fact: this region of the California coast is called the “Red Triangle” on account of its famed inhabitants. You know, because red is the color of blood.) They would be the first relay team ever to accomplish the feat.

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