December 20, 2016 Posted by: Mary Corbin

Lush. Diverse. Temperate. These are three words to describe Berkeley, for sure, but also what might attract particular residents to our lovely city. Residents, that is, that we might never see, but certainly hear, who flock here en masse – literally- and make this their home. No, I’m not referring to the autumn influx of […]

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Urban Bike Ride to Oakland’s Lake Merritt

August 16, 2016 Posted by: Mary Corbin

It’s time to venture beyond our Berkeley city limits and explore a bit of our neighboring city of Oakland. Get ready for a great bike ride across town to the city’s oasis in the middle of the urban sprawl and refresh yourself at Lake Merritt. We’ll start at the Downtown Berkeley BART Station so you […]

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Road and Trail:  A Bike Ride Across Berkeley and into the Woods

July 12, 2016 Posted by: Mary Corbin

Living in Berkeley means I can be on my bike year round, whether for recreation, commuting or running errands. And for recreation, we have world class rides that take us up into the hills for both physical challenge and spectacular views of the Bay Area. I love both road riding and trail riding and living […]

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REI Co-Op:  Let’s Get Outside!

May 31, 2016 Posted by: Mary Corbin

If you’ve lived in Berkeley for any amount of time and love the outdoors, no doubt you’ve been to the REI Co-Op, our local outdoor gear outfitter. But did you know there is more than stuff to buy for camping, hiking and outdoor recreation? Well, yes, there is much more than meets the eye at […]

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Cycling the Three Bears Loop from Berkeley

December 1, 2015 Posted by: Mary Corbin

Berkeley and the surrounding areas provide world class cycling routes, that is for sure. If you’re out on a drive in the hills any given weekend, no doubt you have encountered cyclists of every ilk, from Sunday recreationalist to weekend warrior to teams in training. For serious cyclists, The Three Bears Loop is a favorite […]

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Urban Hiking – #4 A Loop Around  Remillard Park

September 5, 2015 Posted by: Mary Corbin

All the secret pathways and back staircases that wind around Berkeley are inspiring me today to do another urban hike with a friend. I love this one for the variety, length and inclusion of an incredible rock park in the foothills of town. We begin at Walnut and Vine, fueling up at Peet’s with a […]

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Tennis in Berkeley

August 6, 2015 Posted by: Mary Corbin

“Tennis anyone?” Berkeley certainly serves up some great courts all over town. Whether you’re a casual player, possess a competitive spirit, or interested in joining a club, there’s a place for you to swing your racket. And with an abundance of city parks you’ll find just the right scene to perfect your backhand no matter […]

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A Run in Berkeley’s Strawberry Canyon

July 24, 2015 Posted by: Mary Corbin

On a first visit to Berkeley before I moved here, a friend took me up into the hills to run a fire trail with incredible views that would turn into my regular weekday run with my dog Wilma once I became a full-fledged resident. That trail is the Strawberry Canyon Fire Trail and it’s the […]

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Splish Splash in Berkeley!

July 3, 2015 Posted by: Mary Corbin

It’s officially Summer in Berkeley and it’s time to get everyone into the pool! Or lake, if that’s more your style. Let’s start there by packing a lunch for a jaunt to the idyllic Lake Anza in the beautiful Berkeley hills of Tilden Regional Park. The lake has two variations on its theme of lazy-day […]

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BikeShare Coming to Berkeley

June 19, 2015 Posted by: Mary Corbin

Can Berkeley be as hip, eco-conscious and accessible as, say, Amsterdam, Montreal or New York City? When it comes to advocacy for bicycles as primary mode of transportation the answer is a resounding “Yes, we can!” With air quality, environmental awareness, exercise and economy at the forefront of everyone’s minds these days, BikeShare programs have […]

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