Fall 2013

At the end of every season I try to put up a post on the preceding. Yesterday, the Winter Solstice, I was in San Francisco, and attended the Dickens Fair with my friend Barbara. We wandered the streets of London, had high tea, and danced a bit at Fezziwigs. Nothing else special in celebration of the day, but that is as good as any. Theatre for the fall season is in a separate post.


I continue my position as Safe Routes to School Coordinator with San Juan USD. Much of my time this fall was devoted to on-bike education with students in five schools. This is the most fun I have of all the things I do, and I feel so fortunate to have this as a central part of my job.


I attended the Harvest Moon Contra Dance Weekend in Santa Barbara, October 11-13, and had a wonderful time, one of the better weekends I’ve been to. A lot of good friends there, some of whom I see fairly often, and others I rarely see. The other big contra event was the 12-hour Fall Has Sprung in Grass Valley. Sadly, the last one, but I enjoyed it enough to tide me over for a while. I attended one contra dance in Las Vegas, which I get to only once or twice a year, one in Palo Alto, and got to about half of the local contra dances in Sacramento. I attended one sacred circle dance in El Cerrito and two in Davis. I also danced at the Jane Austen Birthday Tea in Sacramento, the Holiday Ball in Old Sacramento, and the Dickens Fair in Daly City.


I ride my bike nearly every day, and went on two moonlight rides. I attended and volunteered at Sunday Streets SF in the Excelsior, which brings the number I attended this year to seven out of the nine. My backpacking was limited to one trip, but it was a great one, previously posted at ADT: San Francisco to Point Reyes. Sadly, I didn’t do any day hikes at all. I can tell, because I’m carrying more weight than I want to be.


Michael Franti in October at Sac State. Voices of Innocence choral performance led by my friend Tracia, November in Davis. Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas at Harlow’s in Sacramento in December, one of the best concerts I have ever been to.

Another summer slips by

Well, another summer gone, and now into fall. This is my intended quarterly report to friends and family.

mosaic design on Moraga Steps, San Francisco
mosaic design on Moraga Steps, San Francisco

This chance to think back over the season leaves me wondering what the best event was. That’s fortunately a touch decision to make, with so many fun and important events, but I’m going to say the Peak2Peak walk with  Walk San Francisco on September 7. I saw places I’d never seen before, including the mosaic on Moraga Steps, and the view from Grandview Park. It was fun walking with people I didn’t know and listening to their perspectives on San Francisco neighborhoods and livability.


I had planned on a big backpack into the Granite Chief over Labor Day weekend, but the Rim Fire was dumping smoke directly over that area, so I decided to continue my American Discovery Trail project from Antioch westward, but then I just ran out of energy and spent the weekend catching up on sleep and work and life. Well, at least there are two more trip times scheduled for this fall.

  • Peak2Peak walk in San Francisco, hosted by Walk San Francisco
  • Sunday Streets SF: Tenderloin, Western Addition, The Mission, Great Highway
  • social bike rides including Tour de Brews, sponsored by SABA to New Helvetia & Track 7, and West Sacramento Farmers Market; Tour de Vino, Moonlight Ride, Perseid Meteor Shower ride
  • backpack in the Granite Chief Wilderness – PCT
  • co-led two Tahoe Rim Trail Assocation segment hikes, Spooner to Kingsbury North, and Barker Pass to Tahoe City; also attended the TRTA Guide Training
  • backpack in the Granite Chief Wilderness – Picayune Valley
  • backpacked the entire Tahoe Rim Trail in two trips, Tahoe City to Big Meadows, and Big Meadows to Tahoe City


  • several contra dances in Sacramento
  • sacred circle dancing in El Cerrito
  • August Gaskell Ball, Oakland
  • circle dance at the Amphitheatre, Ben Lomond, hosted by Barbara Thomas
  • special fifth Saturday dance in Truckee, Joyce Miller and Hot Cider
  • contra dance in San Francisco with The Avant Gardners (Laura Light)
  • West Coast Circle Dance Camp, Aptos CA: five days of sacred circle dancing in the redwoods; good friends to talk with and dance with, centering dances


  • Draw the Line bicycle rally in Davis (350.org)
  • Summer Heat climate change/climate justice rally in Richmond (350.org)
  • The Exploratorium and other time with my friend Barbara
  • Celtic music at De Vere’s on Sunday afternoons, when in town
  • Plough and Stars, San Francisco, for the Irish session that people have been telling me about for years, and I finally made it, great music