Monday, September 6, 2010

Lake Del Valle


A lot of people headed out to Lake Del Valle on Labor Day weekend to enjoy the sun & water. It was also a great way to spend quality time with the family.


We did the same & went fishing. We rented a boat and explored the huge lake.

"Lake Del Valle is located in Central Alameda County, about five miles south of the City of Livermore in the Arroya del Valle. The lake and dam are part of the California State Water Project. It was created in 1968 as part of the South Bay Aqueduct part of the State Water Project. The lake serves in part as off-stream storage for the South Bay Aqueduct. The capacity of the lake is 77,000 acre feet but normally stores 37,000 to 52,000 acre feet. The lake is a popular destination for hikers, bikers and boaters."

The lake is planted with channel catfish, rainbow trout, bass, bluegill, redear sunfish and chinook salmon.


I didn't know if it was because there were too many boats in the lake (free fishing day) or too many people in the water but almost all of the folks we met along the way, including us, didn't catch anything. If they did, it was 1 or 2 bluegills. Oh well, better luck next time.


I prepared our lunch of roasted chicken, adobo, pancit & meatballs.


Decided to cool off and had a swim in the water.
It was a fun-filled day.


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58th Sausalito Art Festival

I've not yet been to Sausalito, so hubby took me there for the Art Festival last weekend. It's easily accessible by ferry from San Francisco.

"Every Labor Day weekend, stars of the contemporary art scene are showcased on the sparkling bay shores of Sausalito, California's Mediterranean-like seaside village. The best local, American, and International Artists bring their combined perspectives, virtuoso skills, and more than 20,000 original works of art — including paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber art, fine glass, woodwork, mixed media, and photography. From functional to surreal, witty to the elegantly decorative, these one-of-a-kind and limited edition Art Works form an unparalleled collection that can only be seen once a year."-

There were close to 300 artists who showcased their work of art. Some blending old techniques with new.

One amazing artist is Ted Gall. His sculpture lets you peel one mask after another and get a glimpse of what lies beneath a being's train of thought or inner workings. (For more of the artist's work, click on highlighted names.)

One of hubby's fave is this sculpture "Counting Sheep" ceramic by DaNisha. DaNisha are Canadian artists living and working in Mexico. They said each figure is hand-drawn and hand-painted so only a limited number of each design is available.

We thought these origami cranes were made with paper when we saw it, but it's made of stainless steel. This work of art belongs to Kevin Box.

"Although Alla was inspired by the images from Renaissance Art, her current work has a distinct contemporary aesthetic that could be described as magic realism. Her recent works are created in oil on canvas, linen and paper. Her pallet contains calm earthy colors carefully built up by fine layers of mostly transparent oils."

Break-time: This commercial is brought to you by Sausalito Lions Club's gigantic smoked turkey legs. HmmmHmmm
(You go girl! hah)

I could go on & on about the art that we saw that day but it would take me a long time to do so. I might post some more artworks later when I'll have time to dig through my countless photos.

Let's just say, we had an enjoyable day while also dancing to Modern English's live performance of "I Melt with You".

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