Cesar Chavez Park

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I spent my last weekend before summer school with some girlfriends over on the peninsula. We did the typical girl stuff: mani-pedis, chatted, dinner, chat chat chatted, played Scrabble (I LOVE Scrabble!) at the local pub, chatted, swapped good books and went to see Bridesmaids. Snort. Snicker. Oh, Lordy … the food poisoning scene … . Help me, Rhonda! This isn’t really a spoiler but well, people get food poisoning. That’s all I’ll say. It’s gross. It’s super funny! Don’t watch it with a full bladder.

And I loved Melissa McCarthy in this film. When she came on screen I wanted to yell “Sookie!” (from the “Gilmore Girls”.) Her role in Bridesmaids was the antithesis of Sookie and yet she was equally charming. I like her.

Anyway, I was able to take Lily with me for the weekend so she could hang out with other dogs and have her own canine girl-getaway. She, too, had a good time. On the way home we stopped off in Berkeley so I could do a little shopping and the dog could get out for a jaunt through Cesar Chavez Park.

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Cesar Chavez Park is perched right on the Bay and is a popular spot for kite flying. There were some mega kites being flown today.

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I loved these two, the octopus and the fish. They actually looked like they were swimming through water.

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This octopus was HUGE! Even joggers stopped to watch it wave in the air. You couldn’t help but be a little awed by it.

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Here’s the view of San Francisco from the park. Forgive my bad photos, but you get the idea. That dark cloudy mass that looks like smog is actually fog. It was a beautiful day.

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One of the nice things about Cesar Chavez is that they have a sizable off-leash area for dogs. So, all along the trails we ran into roaming four-legged friends.

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This little Jack Russell Terrier was a hoot.

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He scrambled around the rocks and boulders like a big rat on speed. He was on a mission.

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He was chasing these little squirrels of which there were many. Can you see the little fella? Despite their incredible camouflage they didn’t stand a chance against the Jack Russell.

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Thank goodness Lily didn’t care about the squirrels too much. She was more interested in birds.

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I, however, was more interested in the funky mushrooms …

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… and strange flora.

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Cesar Chavez Park is a quirky dog-friendly gem whether you’re flying kites, walking the dog or just sitting on a bench and taking in the amazing views.

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