Trip to Los Gatos | POM Friday

explore-headerI admit, I was a little stumped as to where to take Alfie the past 2 weeks for another POM Friday post, but I knew that Los Gatos was quite pretty and I hadn’t been there in a while (besides my regular trip to Blvd Coffee one of my fave coffee spots).

Los-Gatos-Creek-TrailThe first stop Alfie and I made was to Los Gatos Creek Trail, but when I pulled into one of the many entrances, I noticed there was a daily parking fee, so after taking a quick few photos, I swung around and drove away to explore the city a little more. While I don’t mind paying the parking fee, I knew I wouldn’t be there for very long and didn’t think it was worth it for 5-10 minutes.

los-gatos-libraryNext stop on our afternoon adventure was to the Los Gatos Public Library. It’s nestled right in front of a woodsy area, so I actually walked around the grounds for a while, with Alfie (and of course getting him to pose for some photos), heeh!



2016-Mazda3I have a 2016 Mazda 3 hatch to review for the week (quite an update from my 2007 Mazda 3 hatch!) so expect more photos of it on here and on social over the next week, while I go cruisin’ around in ‘er! Some stylin.

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Explore California: Los Gatos (POM FRIDAY!)


It’s been a while since I explored the nearby towns with Alfie, or even did an Explore California blog post. So one day a few weeks ago, when I was having enough alone time at home and needed to get the heck out of the house, I leashed up Alfie and drove to the tiny town of Los Gatos.

Los Gatos isn’t a stranger to me, I often go a couple of times per week to Blvd Coffee to grab an ice cold espresso drink (ask for the CPR, it’s not on the menu!). But I had never ventured to downtown. Holy smokes I was missing out.

Lucy-Activewear-LosGatosThere’s a part of downtown Los Gatos called “Old Town”, and this building above, is part of it. It’s now filled with little shops, and restaurants, with some barre classes and boutique stores below. It used to be an old school house, until it burned down in the 1800’s. It was rebuilt, then housed 80-something kids, and after that they revamped it to become this get-together place. I love the old buildings here! It was also my first time in the Lucy Activewear store. It’s like a less expensive copy-cat version of Lululemon. I’m going back, when I’m feeling spendy!

Los-Gatos-TheaterSo many little treasures, and an old city vibe to Los Gatos. This theatre is still up and running, and showing the recent films. I wonder if they ever show matinees, I would totally pop by and go see a movie by myself!

Alfie-smizingTaking a break. Alfie gets really nervous in new places, so I often have to sit down and let him be close to me to make him chill the eff out. This photo above was hard to capture, because when I knelt down next to him, he thought I was going to leave and he immediately started crying and launched off the seating area to “go with me”. Sigh lol. Like dude, when did I ever leave you alone in a (scary-to-you) new place? Alfie did get quite a lot of attention in stores, as Los Gatos is really dog friendly (they have dog water bowls outside almost every store there).

Los-Gatos-churchCool lookin’ church.

Alfie-in-armsOn parts of our two hour excursion looking around Los Gatos, he requested demanded to be up in my arms for most of it. Probably because he feels like he’s Captain in Command when he’s up in my arms. Front row and center of attention, ready to charge or bark at someone if they looked at him. Just give him belly rubs, and don’t talk to him, or don’t look at him. Seriously, he feels so Boss. Lol.

California-CafeI’m going to eat here one day. If it doesn’t break the bank.


Old-TownI went into that store, Francesca’s. It’s a bit of a kitchy-inexpensive store. But I ended up buying a really mini faux-gold Cubic Zirconia necklace for myself with my “N” initial.

breaktimeBreak time for a selfie. No really. My feet were actually kind of sore (and warm!) from walking around that little town, taking photos, and calming Alfie down. Love the spring colours on the trees.



La-CanadaCanada representin’ Los Gatos! ;) Even though it’s not pronounced Canada (unfortunately). More like Kanata (in Ottawa, Ontario Canada) if you know how to say that.




Hope you enjoyed the POM Friday post. Hoping to bring them back each week again :)

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Explore California: Saratoga Village

I can’t believe we’re on week 16 of featuring Alfie on the blog! Time has flown.

Last week I took Alfie out for a little car ride to the downtown core of historic Saratoga Village. We weren’t there too long as I only had one bag to pick up his dung, and of course as soon as we existed the car he took the messiest one of all time. Probably worse than last time at Fremont Older Open Space Preserve with him. Luckily there was a garbage next to us. I swear, he must get excited-nervous about where I’m taking him on these little adventures.

Regardless of that, I’m sure you don’t want visuals of what I’m talking about. Instead, some visuals of this beautiful little town! I’ve been here a couple of times before, but primarily on weekends. Going on a weekday in between lunch time and rush hour was dead silent and perfect for sight-seeing and snapping all the pictures I wanted.




















What are your plans for this weekend?
I’m excited because it’s Banff Mountain Film Festival time! I had to do a bit of research to make sure that it in fact played down in the USA and it sure does. We’re going to be watching some pretty incredible films this weekend. Stay tuned.

Next week I won’t be blogging. As I mentioned in a few other posts I’ll be driving to Yosemite with my first ever climbing partner (we started climbing together in 1995!). She will be flying down here to California from Newfoundland, Canada and we’re renting a car and maybe doing a guided multi-pitch climb if the weather keeps being nice! Cross your fingers :)

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