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Slide Ranch

April 30, 2008

Editor’s Note: Matt Lauer turned up in a field of tulips in day two of “Where in the World is Matt Lauer?” Today, Lisa & Brent share some fantastic adventures that feature our own beautiful wildflowers & scenery all accessible on one tank of gas.

Lisa BernardSaturday (April 26th), we awoke to a beautiful day: sunshine, no fog, and at least two out of the three kids seemed to be in an agreeable mood. We got in the car, strapped on the child restraints and pondered where to go. I had heard of this place called “Slide Ranch”: a farm with hiking trails by the ocean. Sounded intriguing. We drove to Highway 1 off of 101 in Marin County and followed signs towards Muir Beach.

Funny thing…these cardboard signs started popping up periodically on the side of the road saying

“Slide Ranch Spring Fling April 26.” We followed the signs (essentially stay straight past the turn off for Muir Beach, up a little way more and you’re there). After successfully unloading my 1 year old daughter and 3 and 5 year old sons with their sippy cups, their goldfish snacks and their suntan lotioned bodies we were startled by a very loud groan.

It was a goat. Just a few steps away. There were about 7 of them. All different shapes and sizes and a nice man, with a name tag that said “volunteer,” was letting anyone who wanted to pet them go ahead and do so. We were right in their pens with them. Water, food, poop, the whole deal.

After we’d had enough of that we started walking down a small hill and found ourselves on the most beautiful hiking trail above the coast. There were wild flowers everywhere. Purple ones, yellow ones and the stunning orange California poppy. There were a lot of smaller trails off the big one… one led us to the shade of a huge tree… where we discovered the nearly complete skeleton of a deer or some other medium sized four legged animal. My kids thought it was a dinosaur. A little further along was a great hut in the shape of an octagon. We snooped around (the combination lock was lying next to the unlocked door) and discovered a rustic wooden table, chairs, a stove, cooking utensils and a sign about renting the place out for overnights. Very cool.

After a little picnic in a pretty field we continued on a path that led right down to the ocean. The kids were splashing in tide pools getting soaked and sandy while we wondered how we’d get them back up the hill (on our shoulders). After tiring of the ocean, we completed the loop which led past some more rustic wooden dwellings. Because it was “Spring Fling” there were activities throughout the area. On this day there were people demonstrating how to shear sheep. There were people making crowns out of flowers. There was face painting. There was an acoustic guitar performance and barefooted people dancing. There was a great energy.

I’m told most weekends there is some kind of family activity. Milking goats. Tours of the organic garden, lessons on churning butter, instruction on how to make soap and candles. Ocean exploration. There is a real emphasis on learning about the organic farm and making nutritious food. It is a public parkland so anyone can hike the trails from sunrise to sunset for free. But the programs cost $20 per person, $75 for a family of 4 (scholarships available, you must pre-register and they are all basically full already…go to www.slideranch.org for more info).

When we finally returned to our car my son said “Wow, this was a really nice place.” And all three kids fell asleep on the windy ride home. A perfect day.

Lisa Bernard
NBC11 Reporter

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See You Soon!

May 9, 2007

Lisa Bernard

I have started to emerge from the haze that arrives with the birth of a child—my third child in four years. I am preparing to return to work at the end of the month and I am thrilled about it. It has been an intense few months of caring for my baby girl while still attending to the needs of my two other children and recovering from a C-Section. I feel great about the time I spent at home, but I am eager to hit the streets again and report the news of the Bay Area on NBC11. Here are some photos…see you soon!

Lisa Bernard
NBC11 Reporter

September 11th

October 4, 2006

Lisa BernardSeptember 11th is always the hardest day of the year for me to work. As a journalist I cover whatever event is relevant to the anniversary that day and try to remain focused on the topic at hand (this year: improved security on the Golden Gate Bridge). But it is particularly challenging for me on that day to ignore my emotions, that are just beneath the surface, when we revisit the horrifying attacks that our country endured on 9-11-01.

I personally know two people who died in the attacks on September 11, 2001. A childhood friend was killed in one of the airplanes, a college friend was killed in one of the World Trade Center towers. My family lives in Manhattan and they, too, are, obviously, touched by the tragedy every year.

I am also reminded every year of how that day played out for me working the morning shift at NBC11. I was in Larkspur doing a story on a “sick out” by bus drivers. Once we learned of the attacks, we rushed to SFO. At the airport we gathered with other TV crews and reported on the FAA’s grounding of all air travel. That’s when a reporter asked the airport spokesperson “Where is United flight 93? It’s due in here shortly.” The spokesperson said that he believed the flight was fine…but then he disappeared to double check. He came back and told us the flight was “unaccounted for.” We all got chills. Where were the family members coming to SFO to meet that flight? We now know that is the flight that crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers stormed the cabin and overpowered the hijackers who were presumed to be heading to Washington, D.C. Strangely enough, not one family member came to SFO to meet that flight. They all knew it wasn’t coming. Perhaps they heard directly from their loved ones using cell phones on board…perhaps they watched the news reports.

There were changes that came out of that horrible day. Of course, the nation united in a way it hadn’t in my lifetime. I made deep everlasting friendships with those who were huddled with me at SFO for days covering the loss of flight 93 and the eventual resumption of air travel across the nation. And, improved safety measures emerged in air travel, local transit, and yes, on the Golden Gate Bridge.

September 11th is a day that I feel is important for me to work, regardless of how difficult. It’s a day where people tune in to television news to watch memorials happening in places they can’t be, and to learn what changes have come about locally since that major moment in our country’s history…and hopefully we can provide that for them.

Lisa Bernard
NBC11 Reporter

Working Mom

May 8, 2006

Lisa Bernard The working mom juggle was particularly intense last week (especially with my husband out of town). Immigration rallies and live shots 80 miles from home in some cases, led to long days—but the cupcakes still had to appear at pre-school for my oldest’s 3rd birthday. I feel blessed to have a job I love with hours that allow me to spend a lot of time with my kids. Sleeping 5 1/2 hours a night and waking up at 2 a.m. is not easy, but well worth the sacrifice when I see my son’s smiling face at the school birthday celebration that I was able to attend at mid-day. I applaud all moms who work and I applaud all moms whose full time job it is to raise kids (I admire their spectacular patience). This is not easy, but it’s so fulfilling… Alas, I’m off to do a live shot… my son’s student-teacher conference is this afternoon, and then it’s on to the vet and the supermarket… busy day ahead.

Lisa Bernard
NBC11 Reporter

Working in the Rain

April 13, 2006

Lisa BernardThe rain is certainly tough on the spirit. It’s tough on those who have to wait at a bus stop, or unload groceries from the shopping cart to the car, or walk the dog. But consider construction crews, mail carriers, and morning tv news reporters. We work in it. My NBC11 jacket has become a second skin. I don’t really bother straightening my hair with the hair dryer anymore, and I’ve learned to ignore the strange looks I get when I run my errands immediately after work still wearing my lovely rain paints. (I’m so glad I bought a new pair in February despite believing the rainy season was almost over.) Almost everything about our job is more challenging in the rain: persuading people to stand outside and chat with us about whatever news we’re covering that day, keeping the camera and microphone dry, keeping my notepad dry so the ink won’t run (zip lock bag), not to mention trying to look presentable to those watching. Of course the very hardest part of reporting in the rain is learning of the heartache of people I meet who are losing their homes and belongings to moving hillsides and flood waters—they are the ones really suffering. I don’t mind enduring some discomfort so I can share their stories with the Bay Area.

Lisa Bernard
NBC11 Reporter

Power of Journalism

March 31, 2006

Lisa BernardPrince Charles, fourth graders, stem cell researchers, fishermen, senators, florists, homeless men and women, parking attendants, movie stars, governors who were movie stars… these are just some of the people I interview on any given day of the week. I am privileged to meet such a diverse group of people as I do my work… each of whom teaches me something interesting that I try to pass along. This variety is one of the greatest rewards of being a journalist in the Bay Area.

Speaking of journalism…

This week’s announcement that Commissioner Bud Selig wants to investigate steroid use in Major League Baseball is a true testament to the power of journalism. There had been allegations of steroid use among pro-athletes for years, but it was the book written by two San Francisco Chronicle journalists that has triggered an investigation. Selig appointed former Senator George Mitchell (the guy who brokered peace in Northern Ireland) to investigate steroid use after reading the extensive evidence garnered from 200+ sources. These journalists reviewed court documents, nurtured confidential sources and consulted experts before accusing some of the biggest names in baseball (Barry Bonds in particular) of steroid use. This should be an interesting season!

Lisa Bernard
NBC11 Reporter