Fear and yodeling at the Mountain View Oktoberfest

Who accidentally enters a yodeling contest—and wins? Someone who understands that in yodeling, as in life, you gotta commit. Eva Glasrud, left, and Becca. Will the friendship survive Becca’s last-minute decision not to join the yodeling contest? We think so. Photo by Justin Smith. Editor’s Note: On Oct. 1, while you and I were shopping for the week or doing laundry or wrapping up a hike, Eva Glasrud was at the Mountain View Oktoberfest ...

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Pondering the Zen aesthetics of Stanford athletics

The new Home of Champions is not a museum, it’s a paradigm By Charles Russo Stanford’s new Home of Champions celebrates their most recent national titles in a marquee location by the front entrance. (Photo by Charles Russo) This past week I exited Stanford’s Home of Champions feeling inclined to quote the Hagakure. Yes, you read that correctly, but I’ll reiterate: the collective poise and purpose of the University’s new shrine to its athletics legacy left ...

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The final days of Redwood City’s world-renowned roller skating mecca

Long before the internet, Redwood Roller Rink was exporting artistic roller skating to the rest of the world. How a Redwood City icon became the home of world champions. by Kali Shiloh (Photos by Philip Wartena and Kali Shiloh) Competitive skater Ashley Clifford has traveled abroad six times for world championships. Here in the U.S., the college student has won 29 national championships. In the heart of the high-tech capital of the world stands a vault ...

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Apple rustling and pie wrangling: Family fun on the San Mateo coast

This Labor Day, keep it low-stress with an outing to the farm country south of Half Moon Bay. The slice of bucolic heaven that lies on the other side of the Santa Cruz Mountains is one of the best things about Silicon Valley. Goat farms, produce stands and quaint towns turn a trip down Highway 1 into an odyssey to another time. And then there’s the scenery: miles of blue Pacific Ocean ...

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A Procrastinator’s Guide to Camping in Silicon Valley

A Procrastinator’s Guide to Camping in the Bay Area Looking for a last-minute campsite within an hour of the Peninsula? Try one of these places. Matt Dolkas, content marketing manager for the Peninsula Open Space Trust, has a sermon to deliver to all you hiding in your cubicles right now: Get outside. Better yet, go camping. “Not to get too preachy, but that’s exactly what people need to do,” says Dolkas. “They need to feel the ...

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Dear Bay Area Parents: Your Toddler Is Falling Behind In the Following Ways

We noted several areas for improvement that we think will help Emma reach the board-recommended goal of self-actualization by age seven. Illustration by Shannon Corey/The Six Fifty Dear Mr. and Mrs. Veron, Printed on this Etsy-sourced eggshell stationery is your child’s progress report for today. Overall, Emma Gladstone-Fitzgerald Veron was well-behaved, but we noted several areas for improvement that we think will help Emma reach the board-recommended goal of self-actualization by age seven. Here at Los ...

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Waltz about in Woodside’s Wunderlich Park

How magical is this Woodside park? You might just see the tiniest horse ever born. All this rootin’ tootin’ cowgirl needs is a white hat to wave! This is one of the normal-sized horses, by the way. Photo by Jaqueline Wein. by Jennifer Christgau-Aquino The midsummer heat at Wunderlich Park was making it hard to function after a long hike despite the shade of towering redwood trees. My son wallowed on a bed of ...

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Parties and patriotism on the Peninsula

Every Independence Day brings innumerable prospects for capturing that artsy Insta posts — and many Peninsula netizens haven’t failed to deliver. We scoured Instagram, sifting through countless long-exposure firework shots, pics of flags flapping in the wind, and endearing family iPhone snaps. Redwood City’s parade was a clear favorite destination, as was Palo Alto’s Chili Cook-Off and Shoreline’s annual SF Symphony performance. Here are some of our favorite shots from various festivities. No ...

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Four easy ways to feed your kids’ railroad addiction on the SF Peninsula

It’s the train’s time again in Silicon Valley. Caltrain electrification. High speed rail. Renewed interest in the dormant Dumbarton rail corridor. Railroads are more than transportation: they’re a visceral, ground-shaking, ear-splitting, whoop-whooping link to what brought people out West in the first place. All you need to see is the look on a kid’s face when one whooshes by to know why railroads still inspire bold ideas and big hopes in all ...

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Four amazing places on the SF Peninsula to find end-of-spring wildflowers

The California coastline is breathtaking. Sprinkle in some wildflowers and it’s even more special. Lucky for the Bay Area, the rains this year have brought a record wildflower season. Photographer Jeff Marsh trekked out to where the blooming land meets the sea to snap these pics. And he was kind enough to share not just the photos but how to get there for yourself. Davenport Shark Fin Cove Beach in Davenport is ...

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