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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Hidden Gems of San Francisco: Pulgas Water Temple

Welcome to San Francisco's church of H20. A sanctuary to the sea, and an abbey of aqua. The Pulgas Water Temple.

The Beaux-Arts style temple stands alone amid rolling hills on a rural road off 280. It is a monument to a project that dammed a valley near Yosemite National Park and funneled its water to San Francisco residents.

Dubbed the Hetch Hetchy Project after the mountain the water came from and the valley it was dammed in, the engineering feat took more than two decades to construct. By its completion in October 1934, more than 160 miles of complex tunnels and aqueducts used gravity to pipe the water into the bay area. The $102 million project took place during some of the most tumultuous years in the US, as The Great Depression gripped the country.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Winter Wonderland: Wandering Whimsically In Whistler

As my alliterative headline would suggest, Mr M and I made it to the beautiful ski town of Whistler for Thanksgiving for the first day of the season.

Trust me, it wasn't planned that way, it just happened that the day I booked the tour bus up to Whistler and Shannon Falls was also the day that the snow bunnies came out of hiding. I'm also not much of a skier, in that I've never actually skied before.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Setting 2017 Running Goals and Picking Events

It's the time of year where I'm rubbing my hands together with glee - when I'm not glued to the internet looking up race schedules, elevation charts and considering the prospect of new bling.

Apologies if you're not a runner, you're probably going to think I'm crazy if you make it past the next sentence, but I really love picking out the events that I'll train for at the beginning of each year.

Add the fact that this is my first "real" running year in the US, assuming my visa renewal is approved (fingers glued in the crossed position), and I'm excited. There are so many awesome events to choose from here and they span the year quite well.