First, we stopped by the "Beads and Rocks" store. If you're into bead jewelry, this is the place to go. They have beads in different sizes and colors as well as rocks. There's a friendly staff named Maren. She didn't bat an eyelash when yours truly went into shutterbug mode.(Yes, I asked permission first ) She even offers free jewelry-making techniques if you ask her. It's located in 2486 Channing Way in Berkeley.
They have an impressive ginormous amethyst rock right at the entrance.
Jonnie bought a carved otter. He said it symbolizes playfulness even at work.
Next, we went to the hat store. There were tons of awesome/ cool hats there!
Of course, we did some "modeling" as we tried on several hats. (pose and pose some more )
This was one of the fun hat-scarf combination I tried on.
Our cool friends. Katy bought this lovely white fairy hat.
This pendant has a grain of rice inside it. You can have your name or any word written on the tiny grain. It didn't even take a long time. Can you read the word? Just click on the photo to get a better view.
After lunch, strolling and shopping, we were on our way up to Berkeley Hills. It was a ride with panoramic views, dizzying turns and extreme uphill climb. Make sure your brakes are working before you plan a trip up there!
This is a fantastic view of San Francisco. If you look closely, you can see the famous Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and the tip of TransAmerica building.
Destination: Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve.
"One of the area's highest peaks is made up of lava and volcanic debris left over from a 10-million-year-old volcano. During the past 10 million years, massive tectonic forces on the Hayward and Moraga earthquake faults uplifted the Berkeley hills, folding bedrock formations and tilting the Round Top volcano complex on its side."
A nice hike, breathtaking views and fresh air!
Tiny wild strawberry!
We had a superb time with friends and finally decided to go home. (Thanks Jonnie & Katy!)
Relaxed in the couch with a fitting toast: Mead! AHH!