Living the San Francisco Dream


Who likes to play in the mud?

We Californians truly enjoy our outdoor lifestyle. Staying indoors is contrary to many of our wishes. When rains come hard, accompanied with high winds, it's only prudent to hunker down and stay off the roads, out of harm's way. But when the rain stops.....ah, that's when we remember once again what a glorious place we have to call home.

Delightfully muddy trails in The PresidioToday dawned clear, the first in many days, so my husband (who works at home on Wednesdays) and I took advantage of the opportunity for a long lunch. We borrowed Tanner who loves these adventures as much as we do, and off we went to explore and enjoy some of my favorite trails in The Presidio in San Francisco.

Our trek today started at Inspiration Point, a scant 10-minute drive from our home. From there we walked across the upper reaches of the parkland, where the trails are a bit wilder and more remote than at the main post or at Crissy Field at the edge of the bay. Our destination was Immigrant Point, a beautiful overlook where one can gaze out across the Pacific Ocean to the Marin hills.

The trails, as expected, were muddy, and the air crisp and cool. In the more sheltered spots, the sun was gently warm.

What I didn't expect was seeing just how many trees had come down in the last week or two of storms.

Around almost every bend we'd see branches down, stumps of trees. The work crews had done a great job of opening up trails, but several were still closed due to trees that had fallen across them and hadn't been cleared yet.

Trail closed, The Presidio 2.22.17

We came home a couple of hours later, refreshed and happy. One of us was definitely more muddy than the other two since that one loves puddles of all shapes and sizes, from ones that just wet his feet, to those where he actually swims!

The long lunch break was great; I had worked all morning at the computer and was now refreshed both physically and mentally, ready for an afternoon of learning at a symposium sponsored by the Women's Council of Realtors and an evening at the computer. 

Life in San Francisco - always a treat, always an adventure.

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®


CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

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Comment balloon 25 commentsLottie Kendall • February 23 2017 05:02AM


Thank you for bringing back a memory of a wonderful day when my 110-pound Rottie pulled me off my feet and through deep mud for a good 10 feet before I could stop her. She had a grand time. She was usually well-behaved....

Posted by Lauren Williams, CPO, CVO, Professional Organizer: Puget Sound homes (Casual Uncluttering LLC) over 3 years ago

Lottie Kendall - I hope everything is perfectly fine around your area.

It's been not-so-welcome Rain for CA, is what I can think of!

It's always glad to see the sun.

Posted by Praful Thakkar, Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale (LAER Realty Partners) over 3 years ago

Lottie loved the post but the pictures were so touching, my Schmo has the same colors:))Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 3 years ago

Now that was one muddy dog! That was very speedy service from the work crews to already have hiking/walking trails open. I'm glad you enjoyed the day.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 3 years ago

Good morning Lottie Kendall ,

Good for you and your husband to make time to enjoy all the beauty and share it with Tanner..what a fun time to clear your mind and enjoy the sights and sounds mother nature provides!

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899) over 3 years ago

Good Morning Lottie - I can certainly see the mud in that picture of Tanner.  Beautiful green foliage.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 3 years ago

Tanner seems to be throughly enjoying our water logged and mud endowed state!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 3 years ago

Hi Lottie... obviously we hear all this news on the East Coast... but nothing helps understand how things really are like the pictures that you posted. Stay safe!

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 3 years ago

Good morning Lottie. What a lovely story you shared with us. And how long did it take to clean your companion up.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 3 years ago

Praful Thakkar - after 5 years of drought, we needed the rain. But---enough is enough--it's no longer beneficial.

Endre Barath, Jr. - Schmo is adorable - I imagine you have a lot of fun with him.

Hi Kat Palmiotti - we don't give enough credit to the crews who keep our roads and trails safe and usable after big storms. They do a great job under difficult circumstances. 

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Good morning, Dorie Dillard - it's important to me to get plenty of exercise and fresh air -- helps the brain function better! It was a treat that Gene could break free on Wednesday so we could enjoy it together.

You have to like mud to like a day like yesterday Grant Schneider - Tanner certainly loved it!


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - "water logged and mud endowed" certainly describes our state. How are things in your Sacramento area?

Nina Hollander - we have fared well in San Francisco during these weeks of torrential rain. Other parts, not so well. Several stretches of Highway One, the coast highway, are closed due to road slippage and mud slides. Yesterday I read that one of the bridges along the Big Sur coast, south of Carmel, has been damaged beyond repair. San Jose has had massive flooding in some areas, over 14,000 households evacuated. 

Fortunately, today is another bright and sunny day, with not a cloud in sight.


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Hi Sheila Anderson - that's the best part; after toweling off Tanner and brushing him off, we got to deliver him to his "mom"  in his disheveled state!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

We have hiked in rainforesy so we don't mind the mud but our toy poodle is fastidious.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 3 years ago


Yes, we love the great outdoors, and have been known ot go play in the rain, and puddles thereafter.  Quincy, cat, loves being out, although the rain is not a fave.  Nice pictures.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 3 years ago

Nice story, enjoying nature.

We once had redwood trees in Colorado. Near Cripple Creek, lava and ash from ancient volcanoes covered the land, including the floor of a redwood forest. The trees are long gone, but the bases of the trees became petrified stumps from the ash and may be seen at the Florrisant Fossil Beds National Monument.

Posted by Jerry Lucas, Mobile Notary Colorado Springs, CO Notary Training (ABC Legal Docs LLC) over 3 years ago

Hi Joe Pryor - I can see from the picture that your little dog is far too neat to enjoy muddy trails   Our golden retriever is another story!

Good morning Ron and Alexandra Seigel -- I've never met a cat would enjoyed playing in the rain and mud, although when my daughter was little she swore her cat voluntarily jumped into the bath tub with her (I had my suspicions.)

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Hello Jerry Lucas - I haven't been up long, and already I have learned something new for the day - petrified redwood trees in Colorado. 

Enjoying nature and getting outdoors is part of our northern California lifestyle!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

Hi Lottie

You have certainly had far more rain than we have. Tanner certainly seemed to be having a wonderful time! Yep, the outdoor lifestyle is one we Californians definitely enjoy whenever possible.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 3 years ago

Kids and pets love playing in puddles and in the mud, too. I don't like it at all and don't want my shoes dirty. It must be my OCD nature.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 3 years ago

Lucky loves to get dirty. The back of my Subaru now needs a good spring cleaning after all the moisture we got courtesy of you. It's proof of how dirty one dog can get. I thank you for that and so does Lucky. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 3 years ago


Dogs seem to love ti play in the mud.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) over 3 years ago

Yes, Jeff Dowler and Lou Ludwig - Golden Retrievers LOVE water of any kind, including mud. Rachael and I will take him back to the Presidio today, but it will be far less muddy now.

Hi Debbie Laity - yeah, that's how our Subaru looks, too, but it's worth it!

Since I've been hiking for years and years, I'm quite used to mud, Debbie Reynolds However, I can say I don't revel in it like Tanner does. 


Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago

I love SF.  It is such a unique city. 

Posted by Mick Michaud, Your Texas Lifestyle is Here! (Distinctly Texas Lifestyle Properties, LLC Office:682/498-3107) over 3 years ago

Hi Mick Michaud - there's something for everyone here in San Francisco; urban chic for shoppers; fine restaurants for gourmets; trails for hikers; mud for Golden Retrievers.....

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 3 years ago