Treasure Island Flea Market

Last weekend, we went to the Treasure Island Flea Market and found some really cool finds. Matt bought a painting of New York city (which we didn’t realize it wasn’t San Francisco until we got home). Oh well — it’s still a really sweet painting.

I bought two rings. The rose gold-looking one is my favorite. It’s absolutely gorgeous and it was only $7. Such a steal. I also scored a pair of Lucky Brand booties for $30. I’ve been on the lookout for laceup booties and shoes like these, but haven’t been successful finding anything under $60.

Our friend purchased some vintage maps and drawings that date back hundreds of years ago. There really is something for everyone at the flea market. Looking for something in particular? You just might find it. Or not. But you probably won’t leave empty handed.

We stopped at the Zaarly booth to spin their wheel to try and win movie passes. We didn’t get any passes but Matt won two tickets to next month’s flea market. Guess that means we’ll be going back the end of June. Hopefully the weather is as nice as it was this time. Clear skies, sunshine and warm weather made it a perfect for shopping the outdoor flea market.

San Francisco flea market collage

vintage radio clocks

Robin and Matt at the San Francisco flea market may

flea market find Lucky Brand booties

flea market find rings

What will we find next time at the flea market?

On my to-do list: Northern California hiking spots

The weather has been beautiful here in Northern California (specifically the South Bay, but generally all over) and I have been dying to get out and see some nature besides my backyard.

And later this month, I will be hiking in Yosemite for the first time ever! Please leave comments below for any trails I must go on.

McWay Falls in Big Sur

After seeing a photo of the McWay Falls in Big Sur, I knew this would be my next hiking adventure. The trail is in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, and is apparently an easy one at .5 miles round-trip. So while I’ll go for the falls, I’ll stay for one of the nearby hiking trails.

 

Castle Rock State Park in Los Gatos

Highly rated on Yelp, Castle Rock State Park has 32 whopping miles of hiking trails. The only problem will be trying to pick one.

 

Arroyo Seco in Monterrey County

Arroyo Seco swimming taken via iphone

source: friend’s Facebook page

One of friends went on a dog-friendly hike in the beautiful Los Padres National Forest Park and posted pictures of the beautiful Arroyo Seco River Gorge (above) she swam in. The hike entrance is near the Arroyo Seco Campground, a campground I would love to stay at sometime soon!

 

Bass Lake in Bolinas

After a thumbs up review of this swimming spot from my co-worker, Nuala, Bass Lake has been added to my list. Sometimes there’s some nakedness so virgin eyes beware. Whether or not you chose to frolic around with or without a swimsuit, a dip in the lake after a hike sounds well-deserved.

 

Hike to the Tourist Club in Mill Valley

A nice cold beer at the top of the hike? It’s like they read my mind. Find directions to this very unique spot and read all about the Tourist Club‘s history, which dates back to the early 1900s.

 

What are some of your favorite hiking spots? Any trails you suggest I try?

 

Camping spot on the coast: Half Moon Bay

Whenever I go camping, it usually takes at least an hour or two to get there. The roads are really winding and most of the day is spent getting to/finding the campground. Oh, and there usually isn’t a restaurant and full bar with — wait for it — karaoke (!) within walking distance.

Half Moon Bay Camping Cameron's

Back in May, I stayed at a campground ran by the folks at Cameron’s Inn & Restaurant in Half Moon Bay. I wouldn’t call it glamping by any means, but it’s definitely not a place where you’ll have to rough it. On Saturday nights, the bar has karaoke and after a few pints, all the songs sound like the perfect one to sing. I did get a kick out of the two techy guys straight out of Silicon Valley who sang Coolio‘s “Gangsta’s Paradise.” Of course Gabie and I had to sing “Take Me Home Tonight” by Eddie Money. We played that song on the way to school at least twice a week, maybe more. It never gets old. “Oh, oh, oh, oh, ohhhhh.”

The RV park and campground is only minutes south of Highway 92 and just off Highway 1. Tent campsites run $30 a night for up to 4 people. For a quick getaway, I will definitely keep this place in mind. Yeah, there’s the whole covered in fog thing most of the time, but the day we went, I actually got sunburned. Look at my sunglasses tan below. Not cute.

camping in half moon bay

tent camping in half moon bay

If you’re looking for a local Bay Area campground that’s near the beach, check out Cameron’s. According to the website, here what’s available now:

  • Plenty of space for RV’s, campers & tents
  • Great pub food right next door
  • Volleyball
  • Horseshoe pits
  • Access to the Coastal Trail
  • Some of the best coastal bird watching in the Bay Area
  • Short walk to the ocean
  • Showers
  • Gathering place
  • BBQ
  • Wireless internet hotspot

Coming soon:

  • Audubon Interpretative Center
  • Birding supplies
  • General store
  • Full laundry facilities

Activities:

  • Hiking Coastal Trails
  • Coastal Horseback Rides
  • Stand Up Paddle Lesson Instructor available upon request