Monthly Archives: November 2015

Car-Free Adventure: The Little Ice Rink

Now that we have lived in Alameda for more than three years, we’ve gotten the feel of the rhythms of the year. After Back-to-School night, we get ready for our school carnival and walkathon. Then Halloween trick-or-treating, and then …

The Little Ice Rink opens up at South Shore Center!


This ice rink epitomizes everything about how great it is to live in Alameda. I mean, come on! We can walk to it (.7 miles) along the longest continuous beach on San Francisco Bay, taking in one of those epic Alameda sunsets and enjoying temperatures in the 60s. Then we get to put on our gear and ice skate outdoors, without being cold.

We were very grateful to be invited to The Little Ice Rink kick-off party last night. It started with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and some dazzling performances. I mean, we were literally dazzled, especially when we saw this performance using fire on the ice: Continue reading

Car-Free Adventure: Ghiradelli Square Tree Lighting

Apparently I have two adorable children and one adorable zombie. I love them all the same.

I don’t know why my post about this event almost a year ago was sitting in drafts, but hey — the same event is coming up in a few weeks, on Nov. 27, from 5-9 p.m., so enjoy!

There are times when not having a car causes us inconvenience. Then there are times when we feel like being car-free is causing us inconvenience, only to realize that even if we owned a car, we would not have driven it to that particular destination.

That’s how our trip to the Ghiradelli Square Tree Lighting went down on Black Friday.

This trip was long and it took longer than we wanted it to. As so often happens, we left the house later than we meant to. The event began at 4 p.m. in San Francisco, but because we were busy getting our house ready for the biweekly cleaning crew and doing some half-price shopping at Goodwill and Salvation Army, we didn’t leave the house until around the time the event was starting. But that was OK, because the tree lighting, presided over by Santa Clause, wasn’t to occurr until 5:30 p.m. Continue reading