2017 Highlights

From a hiking through a redwood forest and taking two new puppies up a grassy hillside to dining in an extraordinary place and standing a few feet away front of the Saviour of the World, I’m grateful for a year filled with family, friends, and new experiences. Here, my favorite 12 images from 2017.

crater-lake-oregonI loved this image so much, it became our holiday card. This was taken in summertime at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. The kids were amazed “snow in summer? what?!”

jaume-plensa-outdoor-sculptureMy outdoor sculpture goals includes this private garden installation in Seattle, Washington by Jaume Plensa. Can you imagine dining al fresco?

dubliners-eamonn-doyle-pier24Who wouldn’t be captivated by the vibrant, what I called sunny-side up, yellow in this life-size image, Untitled from the series ‘i’ by Eamonn Doyle, Dubliners series at Pier 24. Added to my virtual gallery.

first-macarons-algMy 12-year-old daughter’s first macaron attempt. I thought her shells were “Pretttttttty, pretttttttttty, pretttttty good.” Moreover, the French sandwich cookies were very tasty. She’s my top pastry chef.

Japanese-breakfast-Single-Thread-FarmFrom our first visit to a new favorite place to dine, to stay, to simply experience, Single Thread Farms.  Here, the morning after, enjoying a Japanese style breakfast that included grilled trout, dashimaki tamago, donabe rice with chestnut, fresh yuba with barrel aged ponzu and homemade tsukemono.

single-thread-farms-hyoteiPinching ourselves that we were able to visit Single Thread Farm again, this time for a special dinner in collaboration with the 15th Generation Chef-Owner, Yoshihiro Takahashi, of the Three Michelin-starred Hyotei in Kyoto, Japan. A mini masterpiece was found in every course.

alex-yudzonAstonished by this work by New York artist Alex Yudzon at the Headlands Center for the Arts. You won’t find glue, nails or screws here, it’s all about a natural balance.

christina-kubisch-sfmomaListening to the electromagnetic installation by Christina Kubisch from the group exhibition Soundtracks at SFMOMA. Would love to hang this tangled beauty in my home.

leonardo-da-vinci-salvator-mundiMartin and the $450 million dollar view at Minnesota Street Project. We were fortunate to catch a glimpse of the extraordinary and controversial Salvator Mundi before its record-breaking sale.

Armstrong-Redwoods-State-Natural-ReserveWalking with giants at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve in Guerneville took my breath away.

kenny-bale-lab-pupsThe saddest news for us this year came in October when our dear 15-year-old labrador George passed away. To fill our pet-empty home with warmth and joy, Kenny and Bale arrived. Here they are at 10 weeks.

san-francisco-waterfront-sausalitoFinally, I never get tired of this view, fog and all.

Happy New Year!

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