The Amazing Sutro Bath Ruins

Not many people are aware of the Suto Baths, but they were a magnificent display of wealth and architecture during the late 1800’s.

My family spent the entire day Saturday combing several beaches in the steady rain; but rain never stops us – many times we find our greatest treasures when we’re soaked through and through.

Our last stop was the Sutro Baths and the rain had finally let up to a heavy mist, so everything was bright green and beautiful!

The Sutro “baths” were created by Adolph Sutro on the rocky cliffs of San Francisco in 1896 and they were easily given the title of the world’s largest “indoor” swimming pools. A visitor to the baths could choose from seven different swimming pools; one fresh water pool and six salt water pools. The largest of the pools had to be monitored by life-guards utilizing a canoe.

But that’s not all Adolph Sutro had in store for his visitors; there was also a museum, a concert hall with seating for 8,000, and an ice skating rink – pretty impressive for 1896! From the photos, you can see how rough and untamed the Pacific is all around San Francisco. It was no different in 1896, so at high tide, water would flow directly into the pools from the ocean. Adolph had a powerful turbine pump built into the cave (photo below) so that during low tide he could fill the pools at 6,000 gallons per minute, completely recycling the pools in 5 hours!

Although The Sutro Baths facility struggled for years – predominantly due to the high cost of maintenance and upkeep, it remained at the site for many years until it burned to the ground in 1996; the ruins are now a part of the Golden Gate Park Services.

The final picture is an artist’s rendering of the Sutro Baths during their glory days, courtesy of the San Francisco Library.
















Exploring The Beaches and Tide-pools Around San Francisco

Yesterday my daughters and I spent the day at the beach exploring the tide-pools looking for abalone, sea-glass, seals, and any other interesting marine life we could find. I could walk the beaches all day and never get tired but we went nearing low tide (a couple of hours before sunset) so we could capture all of the beautiful creatures that live in the rocky tide-pools. It was an overcast day, but the weather was mild and the waves were huge. Several times I was caught off-guard trying to get a great shot and the waves washed up and over my rubber boots soaking me through to the skin, but it was well worth it; the treasures we found were amazing!



















One look outside and I knew I had to grab my camera…

I’ve been studying all week-end to pass an exam to be certified in healthcare reform (I know, how much more boring can I get? But I work in healthcare; it’s my career – you can check out the article I wrote on my other blog at 3:30 am to see what I do for my regular job: “Can You Afford The Employer Mandate Under The Affordable Care Act?”

But when I decided to take break from all the studying this afternoon, I looked outside and knew we were in for something really special; I grabbed my camera and waited for the show. See if you can spot the jetliner in the sunset – I bet the passengers had a spectacular view!



Lone Cypress Tree of Pebble Beach, CA


In Pebble Beach, California there is a “words-cannot-describe” 17 Mile Drive where you will find the famous Lone Cypress Tree. The drive is actually a gated, private drive with golf courses and beautiful homes – but for $10 you can drive through and see how the top 2% of the population lives. The tree alone is well worth the ten bucks – it’s over 250 years old and has become a symbol for this very wealthy region of of the Monterey Bay. The Lone Cypress Tree has been featured in movies, commercials, and is a favorite of tv camera crews during golf tournaments year after year.

This is why I’m never allowed to drive on Pacific Coast Highway

My family knows that I’m far too distracted by the beauty of Highway 1 to be a responsible driver; so I have to be in the passenger seat whenever we take that route somewhere. If you don’t live in California, it’s hard to imagine the beauty, but it’s like this all along the entire coast of the state. In the Northern most parts of California, it’s mostly cows and pastures that get to take in the beautiful coastline; maybe that’s why they say “happy cows come from California’!!


The San Francisco Yacht Club’s seventh annual Leukemia Cup Regatta – The Honey Tupelo!

The San Francisco Yacht Club’s seventh annual Leukemia Cup Regatta raised an incredible $850,000 this Fall and is once again ranked the top fundraising regatta in the country for the sixth consecutive year. Thank you to my good friend Jamie who sailed in the regatta and supplied the beautiful pictures! The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s thanks the generosity of San Franciscans for their donations to be able to continue life-saving research and vital services to blood cancer patients and their families.

Last Night The Sunset Was All About Gold and Orange

We didn’t have much of a sunset this evening because of the fog, but last night, it was glorious! I tried to capture the sun reflecting off the Pacific but it didn’t come out as well as I hoped for; but it’s still beautiful!!

The View From Inside (lbc)

My Daughter got home just a little after I did and snapped this interesting picture with her Iphone; I’m always amazed at the quality of the Iphone pictures!

I just realized that every night we get together to marvel over the sunsets 🙂

I Stayed Out A Little While Past Sunset And Saw This Ship….

I’m  not sure exactly what this ship was because it was so dark, but sometimes we see cruise ships rolling by – if it was, the passengers were treated to a stunning sunset!!

I Almost Missed The Sunset Tonight, But Was it Worth it!!!!

I’ve never been a huge fan of daylight savings time – for the obvious reason above… we live on a hill facing South West with a beautiful view of the Pacific and if I don’t leave work early now, I will miss all of this glory every evening.  This shot was done with my Canon with no special filters, and no photo shop (just a little zoom).  When the day is clear, we are treated with a beautiful sunset of pink, orange, purple, or red; each one a gift from God.  The sunsets never cease to amaze me!

Confessions About The Olympic Club and US Open

This is the view of the Olympic Club from my house where the 2012 US Open was held this past June.  I am married to the greatest guy anyone could ask for and he’s an avid golfer and fan, so when he told me he had tickets to the US Open for the Friday of that week I tried to be happy…. but I’ve been traveling more than ever this year, and I got home around midnight on the evening before just so I could go with him (good heavens, I think we walked 36 holes as spectators), but I was a good sport and I don’t think he has any idea how I felt.  Whew – good to get that off my chest 🙂