Horseshoe Bend – Arizona

“If God wanted us to bend over he’d put diamonds on the floor” – Joan Rivers.

One of the diamonds I found is the Horseshoe Bend.

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Horseshoe Bend is located in the town of Page in Arizona. It’s in the shape of a Horseshoe and incised meander of the Colorado River. The overlook is 4,200 feet above sea level.

There is very little parking near Horseshoe bend and the hike is around ¾ mile one way.

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It’s a Spectacular and a must visit.

There are a few hotels in the close distance if you want to stay at Page and also cover the Antelope Canyon, Glen Canyon, Glen Canyon Dam, Lake Powell.

Distance :

About 4.6 mi from Page via S Lake Powell Blvd and US-89

Time :

10 minutes from Page

Travel Tips

  • A little place to Park and there is no admission Fees.
  • Carry a water bottle and some snacks since the hike is around ¾ mile one way to the viewpoint.
  • Wear a hat and sunscreen as it gets really hot during the noon.
  • If traveling with kids, be very careful as there are no railings, so take care when nearing the edges.
  • It’s a great viewpoint and you can spend a few hours taking pictures and enjoying the place.

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Lands End in San Francisco

Always strive to excel, but only on weekends.

Richard Rorty

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Lands End is a park in San Francisco within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Its trails are one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of Bay Area coastline.

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The end of the Land, opening up to the ocean and the vast stretch of water makes it a spectacular.

It is also a great vista point to see the Golden Gate Bridge from a different angle which is also the entrance to the San Francisco Bay.

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Lands End is in close proximity to the beaches and Golden Gate Park. We found parking close to the Land’s End trails.

Lands End Loop is about 3.1 miles and half a day can be spent watching the stunning beauty San Francisco offers. This place has a historical significance too.

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The Land’s End Lookout Visitor Center is located in the Merrie Way park just east of the Cliff House at the cross streets of Point Lobos, El Camino del Mar in San Francisco, California.

Parking is available near the Lands End trail and Fort Miley.

Distance from SFO center:

6.9 Miles via Fell St and Lincoln Way

Time: 25 minutes depending upon traffic.

Travel Tips:

  • Check for details at the Visitor Center.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and Jackets are usually a must. (It’s quite windy near the coastline)
  • Some of the trails are narrow and near the cliff, better be careful with kids.
  • Carry Water and Snacks to keep you hydrated and energized.
  • If Photography is your forte, Camera’s are a must!!!

Cherry Picking

“The only reason why we ask other people how their weekend was is so we can tell them about our own weekend.”
― Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

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Weekend well spent with family helps in rejuvenation and relaxation. Its the only time we want to move away from the hustle/bustle of the city life to a more calm and peaceful place.

When its spring, its time for Cherries!!! Brentwood in California would be a perfect place for Cherry Picking. With Kids having summer break, it would be a great way to educate them about farm fresh seasonal fruits.

Brentwood, CA is about an hours drive from SFO (San Francisco) and is known for its    U-Pick farms. The unique experience of agri-tourism and locally grown fruits enhances the joy of bonding with family.

We started our journey at 8:00 AM so that we reach Brentwood by around 9:30 AM. This would help us get a parking spot easily, as it gets crowded during noon.

Distance from SFO :

  • 66.6 Miles via CA-4E ;
  • 67.9 Miles via I-580E ;
  • 73.3 Miles via CA-4E and via I-580E

Time : 1 Hr 7 Minutes depending on the traffic.

Farms:

  • G&S Farms – 1151 Chestnut St, Brentwood, CA 94513
  • Nunn Better U-Pick Cherries -2777 Sellers Avenue, Brentwood, California 94513
  • Chavez U-Pick Cherries – 23800 Marsh Creek Rd, Brentwood, CA 94513

Travel Tips:

  • Cherry Picking season starts from May till mid June. Farms open by 9 AM, its best to be early and get a parking spot as it would get crowded.
  • Brentwood in California has many farms to choose from for cherry picking.
  • Plan and shortlist on a cherry picking Farm. Call the farm to confirm the hours and availability, usually certain farms are closed  on the weekends.
  • Wear comfortable clothing, carry a hat, and wear closed shoes.
  • Carry water bottle to stay hydrated, food etc if it’s allowed in the farm.
  • Enjoy your family Outing, picking some of the best cherries!!
  • Payment mode in Farms would be cash, bring your own bag to carry delicious cherries back!!
  • Lots of Great Memories to take home too!!
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you can even do a Circuit – SFO – Brentwood – Mt.Diablo – SFO