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Coco Pop: A Doggie Meet-Up

A good friend of mine dedicated Mondays to posts on her pet rabbit, Mario. Sadly, Mario has passed and so has “Mario Mondays” but I’m going to adopt her idea and designate Mondays for a weekly pup post.

A few years ago I went to my first “Runners Meet-Up” and met some awesome people who have since become good friends. Some might find it strange to meet a bunch of people from the Internet who you’ve never met in person before. I found it a great way to make new friends.

A few friends complained that I posted too many photos of Coco on Instagram so I created her own account. Through her account I discovered a community of pet owners equally (if not more) obsessed with their pets. A good number of them live in the Bay Area, and one of them organized an “Instagram Doggie Meet-Up.”

This was a little different than the Runners Meet-Up because I had no idea who the humans were but I decided to go for it. The meeting place was at Crissy Field, so if it didn’t work out, we could always venture off on our own for a long walk.

The designated meeting place was at the Beach Hut. From there we would go on a pack walk across Crissy Field to the Warming Hut. It would make for about a 3-mile round trip walk.

We ended up having a delightful time! There were about 20-25 dogs – doodles, shih tzus, labs and more!

Along the walk we made stops at the beach. Coco wanted to be off-leash but I didn’t want her running into the ocean. The big dogs enjoyed the water while most of the little dogs just watched.

We continued walking and as we got closer to the grassy area, she seemed more tired (less hyper) so I let her off her leash. She was tired enough not to chase after the bicyclists, but still had enough pep in her step to make her way to the front of the pack (always has to be front).

We stopped at the grassy area where the pups got to chase each other around and the humans tried to organize a group photo, but wasn’t very successful.

By the time we got to the Warming Hut everyone (canines and humans) was hungry. We attempted another group photo then stopped for lunch.

A photo posted by Coco Pop (@littlecocopop) on

Coco caught her second wind and started getting crazy. I was getting tired (not good with a race the nex day) so we said our goodbyes and called it a day.

It was a fun day to enjoy the sun, sites and make lots of new friends! We are looking forward to the next one!

My 16th Californiaversary

golden gate bridge

I used to celebrate the anniversary of my move to the Bay Area by calling it my “San Franciscoversary.”

Except I’ve never lived in San Francisco proper…

So when I heard Kimra refer to the anniversary of her move as her “Californiaversary” I decided it was more appropriate.


After 16 years I still sometimes have to pinch myself that I live here.

When you grow up on a small Hawaiian island like I did, living near the big city can feel daunting. But over the years I’ve been able to build a community that’s been as large or small as I’ve needed it to be.

So what do I love most about living in the Bay?

My list can go on forever, but the top of mind ones are…

– That I live near iconic places that I read about in books or saw on television or in movies. Muir Woods, Berkeley, Big Sur are just short drives away…

– That I get to go SF Giants games all summer long and not bake in heat…

– That I can see the brand new 49er stadium from my office…

– That I get to run across this majestic bridge whenever I want (and I still get butterflies every time…)

– And that Karl the Fog is {almost} always here providing mild to chilly weather 95% of the year.

And even though its so expensive – SO EXPENSIVE – to live here, there is no other place I’d rather call home.

3.5 Things I Did This Weekend…

1. Went to A Wedding!

Audrey is a local runner (and makeup artist!) who has become a close friend over the past few years. Yesterday we had the privilege of attending her wedding. Like her, it was a beautiful wedding and fun reception full of love and so much creativity!

2. Learned iPhone Photography Tricks!

At the wedding reception we sat the same table as Julianne. Julianne always posts beautiful, creative photos to her Instagram. So of course, during the reception we talked her into sharing her iPhone photography tips and tricks with us.

We pulled flowers from the centerpieces and photographed them using our napkins as the background. Here’s my finished product:

You can see more results of our lesson at the Instagram hashtag, “photographybyjulianne.” Maybe now I’ll have a more interesting Instagram feed.

3. Ran in Golden Gate Park!

Since adopting my puppy dog, I’ve kept my running routes close to home. Since I was gone for most of Saturday for the wedding, she spent the weekend at doggie daycare.

I took advantage of my “free Sunday” and ventured up to the City to do my longer weekend run in Golden Gate Park. Its one of my most favorite places to run and I have missed it! It was cool and foggy – a nice break from the extra hot weather we’ve been having. I was in heaven!

3 1/2. Celebrated Alyssa’s 4th San Francisco-versary!

Following my GGP, I headed over to Alyssa’s to help her celebrate four years of San Francisco living. But since I failed to take any photos, I’m not sure I can claim it happened… :)