Looking at San Francisco from the top of one of its rolling hills is like looking at it in Google Earth, except way cooler. All the houses, trees, high rises and neighborhoods blend into a beautiful moving carpet of life. You can get poetic yourself and go where eagles dare on Walk SF's 13-mile Peak 2 Peak trek on Saturday, October 16.
C'mon, get a pumpkin. Here's where to do it nearby.
1. Arata's Pumpkin Farm 185 Verde Dr., Half Moon Bay, (650) 726-7548
If you've ever ridden past the Arata's sprawling field in Half Moon Bay, you've probably wondered what the heck you were looking at. Believe it, that's a giant iron gorilla and a massive hay maze. Get out and experience their haunted barn and two-acre Minotaur's Labyrinth.
Like the Blue Angels? Of course you do. There are few things more bad-ass than flying 700 miles per hour in $21 million fighter jets. Are you watching them this weekend for Fleet Week? Of course you are.
But before you do, read what Blue Angels' Captain Greg McWherter has to say about their most difficult stunts, pre-flying rituals and Top Gun.
How many years have you been flying with the Blue Angels?
I've been flying with the Navy for 20 years and this is my second year as a Blue Angel pilot.
What does it take to become a Blue Angel?
Get this: The best Heidi (the wholesome one) getup on the "Alpine runway" this Thursday at Justin Herman Plaza wins tickets to Switzerland. We hear it's kinda pretty there, so you'd better accessorize with a goat to win over the judges, which include Hooman from the morning show of Alice 97.3.
Haighteration alerts us to deals across Lower Haight for bikers in October, courtesy of I Bike SF. Cyclists can score deals during the entirety of October when they brandish their bike helmets or locks.
So stop off The Wiggle and head into these spots for some biker-ly discounts:
Nickies Bar: $1 off Red Tail Ale
merch: 20% off non-sale items
In between Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Open Studios and the rest of this weekend's madness, Ocean Beach will be invaded by gargantuan monsters (like the kind in Tremors?), whimsical castles and who knows what else rising out of its sands during Leap's annual fundraising sandcastle building contest. This year's theme is "Sand Francisco", so get your butt down to the seashore and watch the magic happen.
Recipe for a sizzling barbecue spot: abundant grilling sites, great views, hiking trails, and a warm swim-friendly waterfront. Heart's Desire Beach in Tomales Bay State Park delivers the goods. There Barbecue at Hearts Desire Beachare a few prime picnic sites right on the sand, but just a couple of minutes up the Johnstone Trail is a secluded grilling nirvana: a dozen picnic tables and barbecues overlooking Tomales Bay.
Party for a good cause. Fair Trade Month kicks off tonight at Temple, one of the greenest bars in the country -- a celebration of those who work to make the worlds of food, drink and goods a safe and more just place for all involved.
There will be FAIR. Vodka in the house, which is made from fair trade quinoa and also appetizers, all made with fair trade-certified ingredients, of course. Come out and support the Fair Trade movement.