THE WEEKEND WIND-DOWN

The Lands End Labyrinth and the Coastal Trail along the San Francisco coastline. (Photo: Getty Images/Chris LaBasco)

The Weekend Wind-Down is a series from The Bold Italic highlighting ways to explore the Bay Area and wind down from your stressful week. If you have an idea or tip, email us, or DM us on Twitter or Instagram.

If you have ever wondered what is the sound of…


MY FAVORITE CORNER OF SF

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This article is part of My Favorite Corner of SF, a feature series that pays homage to a special place in the city.

How many lamentations have I shared with friends about how North Beach just isn’t the Italo-Bohemian hotspot it used to be. No question, tourism, and socio-economic factors…


Fort Mason Community Gardens welcome solitude seekers. (Photo: Courtesy of author)

I feed on solitude the way bees feed on nectar. It’s my energy recharger, my soul-sustaining nutrient. Even living in a dense city, I can find a favorite sanctuary of mine less than a mile from home. …


Surfer in the flow, dancing on a wave, Santa Cruz, California. Photo: Brocken Inaglory Wikimedia Commons

There is no dearth of evidence, scientific and anecdotal, about physical activities’ health effects on body and mind. The euphoria-inducing dopamine release, the elevated endorphins, and the chemical cocktail that changes brain waves inducing the physiological glow and flow, have been much discussed.

Odd as it sounded, surfing friends have…


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Dr. O tells us, “Your mother can go into the rehab and have it all covered by Medicare,” Later, I’ll imagine him smacking his lips as he adds, “if she goes on the chemotherapy. Just think about it.”

Let the blood be on my hands. …


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For many years, every summer, my brother Chuck and I would backpack over the High Sierra for up to a week. Strong blood ties aside, we possessed diametrically opposed politics, lifestyles, and to some extent, ideas on backcountry etiquette.

Yet wilderness survival is a sort of bonding ritual, even for…


Assisi, pink and mystical, nestles in the heart of Umbria. Photo by Alessio Roversi on Unsplash

It was October when I was with a lively group, cycling the lush hills of Umbria, Italy’s “green heart.” I was on a bike tour with its heart as well as its sensibility in the right place. By day we cycled leisurely or as hard as we liked. By evening…


Lemon tang. Photo by ZQ Lee on Unsplash

The Big Island, the largest and southeasternmost of the Hawaiian isles, is still birthing from its watery womb. It rises and falls in fiery fits and starts as the Pacific Plate tectonically shapes and shifts the entire chain. …


Be a Nasty Woman. Photo by Mary Oloumi on Unsplash

It warms the cockles & valves of my heart to see a woman who takes the world by the balls. Who doesn’t sit around waiting for Mr. Right, but gets out, trots the globe, and understands that cultural immersion has many meanings and applications. …


On an Olympic Peninsula trek, backpackers encounter a few land crossings.

The forest was a source of light glowing gold, green, luminous. Photo by Yux Xiang on Unsplash

As recent as the 1880s no one had traversed the Olympic Peninsula. Its interior was terra incognita and was fraught with mystery, legends of a sacred Indian valley, and perhaps a Sasquatch-like being. …

Camille Cusumano

Author(ity) in/on San Francisco. Novel, essay, memoir. Teaches tango. Travel, outdoors, culture. Former editor at VIA Mag.

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