Tag Archives: walk in the park

take a walk in the park to ease brain fatigue

It always amazes me how reliably a walk or a bicycle ride through Golden Gate Park can improve my mood, clear my mind, banish fatigue and increase my sense of well-being.  I don’t think I’m the only one who experiences … Continue reading

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zen in golden gate park: the art of nature journaling

Recently I spent a week in the Sierras “nature-journaling” with John Muir Laws:  http://www.johnmuirlaws.com  If you aren’t familiar with Jack Laws, I highly recommend getting to know him.  Whenever I’m in the Sierras I depend on The Laws Field Guide … Continue reading

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the oldest trees in golden gate park: coastal oak woodlands predate the park

In the north east corner of Golden Gate Park, along Fulton Ave. behind McLaren Lodge and the Conservatory of Flowers, a grove of native coast live oaks (Quercus agrifolia) offers a glimpse of what the San Francisco peninsula was like before the … Continue reading

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a timeless grove in golden gate park

How fitting that a grove of redwoods in Golden Gate Park commemorates those who have lost their lives to AIDS.  For me, a stroll through these magnificent giants is a spiritual experience whenever I encounter them.  Even more than stone circles and … Continue reading

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As Crime Falls, Central Park’s Night Use Grows

Here’s an excerpt from a recent article in the New York Times about increased use of Central Park at night.  Who uses Golden Gate Park at night, I wonder? “For as long as most New Yorkers can remember, the rules … Continue reading

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dancing the lindy in golden gate park

CAROLINA HIDALGO on dancing in the park: ‘It’s late on a sunny morning and people have filled the park. John F. Kennedy Drive is closed to car traffic, as it is every Sunday, and people are biking, skating, jogging, and … Continue reading

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ghost story in golden gate park, 1912

Here’s a tale for Halloween, a ghostly encounter in Golden Gate Park reported by George Haviland Barron, curator of the de Young Museum, in 1912: “As the hour approached midnight, I decided to take a turn on South Drive before … Continue reading

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