The moment Maria Perez read the inspiring account of Wildine Aumoithe, she added her name to her family’s Christmas gift list. Same story for Leda L. Falero, a retired teacher who was moved by “this incredible young lady.’’
Like many great love affairs, mine began in childhood. The details are sketchy, drawn from memory and from photographs in a family album, old Super 8s. Our two-toned station wagon is loaded up in the driveway of the Altadena, Calif., home, room for five, our gear and a black Labrador named Sheba.
Best times to visit the Golden Gate National Recreation Area - or not: December, January and February are the wettest months, bookended by November and March. If you want dry, June, July and August are your best bets. If you want warm, go in September.
The busiest unit in our national park system isn't a park at all. In fact, plenty of visitors never notice that they're in it - not when they're half-lost in the redwoods of Marin County's Muir Woods, not when they're deep into a conversation about robots at San Francisco's Fort Mason, not when they're roaming the vast beach flats of Fort Funston, near the San Mateo County line.