Here are five possible paths from there’s-nothing-to-do mopiness to isn’t-my-city-awesome inspiration.
- What massive hill in El Cerrito is known for its awe-inspiring views without fog, at least some of the time? Try the one up Moeser Lane. People from ages 8 to 80 can be seen walking up this daunting trek during all hours of the day.
- The is known for its eclectic art, from metal scraps fashioned into people shapes to spray-painted ephemera on big gray stones. Take a loop with the dog or kids down there and you’ll forget you ever had nothing to do.
- Check out , a local Japanese store offering “different things,” which may be a kind of cultural understatement. The dried wasabi peas, pet stationary and rice cookers barely begin to describe the variety at this little dollar-and-up store.
- Take a long meander down or up The Arlington, stopping to look at beautiful sprawling houses, to the . This local sweet shop opened recently and offers fresh-baked cookies, Double Rainbow brand ice cream and a variety of pastries.
- Have you ever thought of volunteering at the ? These experienced and interesting locals have many tales to tell, and the staff can always use more volunteers to teach classes from painting to using a cell phone.