I had a very nice meet-up at a friend's house this afternoon. 

She had this plaque on one of her walls:


I saved this from Bay Area Mercury News 3-10-22

It shows that our town of Alameda is more than out-of-area folks think it is..an island anchored in San Francisco Bay. I'm pretty sure that Alameda means something like 'tree-lined streets." 

And that's probably why it feels a bit crowded these days. But we need the 'out-of-towners' to cross our bridges or go under the water through our Tube and drop some $$$$ here, and have a great time: whether along our shorelines, or our bike lanes, or our parks, or even our historic movie theatre.

-Just a ferry ride or tunnel trek away, this island on San Francisco Bay offers plenty to do, from urban hikes and splashy fun to a World War II-era museum that might actually be haunted. Here are three ways to play — plus some virtual options, in case you’re not ready to venture out just yet.

Naval history: The USS Hornet Sea, Space & Air Museum, which reopened a few weeks ago, is a gem. The historic aircraft carrier plied the Pacific during World War II and served the Apollo space program, too, recovering astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins after splashdown in 1969. As for those ghosts, the museum hopes to resume its three-hour history/mystery tours, which take you to all the paranormal hot spots, later this fall.

Right now, though, visitors can take self-guided tours ($5-$15) of the outdoor museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, or enjoy a guided virtual tour of the interior and exterior from home. Find details — and Apollo coloring pages for kids — at https://uss-hornet.org.

Alameda’s USS Hornet Sea, Air & Space Museum reopened to visitors as an outdoor museum on Aug. 1. 

From Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group File:

Splashy play: It’s not Hawaii or Florida, but you can’t beat Alameda’s Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach for delightful convenience. This park offers 2.5 miles of sandy beach, with rolling sand dunes, gentle surf and a bike trail, to boot. McKay parking lot is closed, but you can park on the street and walk in, beach blanket and sunscreen in hand. The park is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; www.parks.ca.gov

Suds and sails: With its picnic tables arrayed across a waterfront expanse, Faction Brewing boasts one of the Bay Area’s best views of sailboat-dotted bay, San Francisco skyline and the Bay Bridge. Enjoy the spectacle with a frosty pour — Hella Strata, anyone? — of one of Faction’s 20+ beers on tap (no samples or flights available right now) and tasty fare from the food truck parked nearby. Open from 2 to 8 p.m. Fridays, noon to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays at 2501 Monarch St. (To-go beer orders can be picked up Wednesday-Sunday.) www.factionbrewing.com

When 'the newbies' take the exits from the freeway or come over via ferry, I hope they have that same feeling when I was bringing some of our wedding presents to A-town from Newport Beach. Yes, the base was fully filled and completely working at that time. 

And I really hope that they obey the speed limit on our streets: 25 MILES PER HOUR!

Live richly, marilyn


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