My husband and I explored a beautiful little hidden gem over the past weekend, the Japanese garden in Hayward. What a calm oasis in the middle of the hectic East Bay! We went early in the morning and only encountered a few other visitors. With three kids - one of whom had been in urgent care the day before with a reasonably serious injury - we really savor quiet moments when we can take the time to be reflective.
The weather lately has been pretty standard late-winter northern California temperatures, meaning foggy, chilly mornings but sun later in the day. Since we went to the Japanese garden early, I bundled up. I think the black on black palette makes a sharp contrast to the abundance of natural greenery.
If you are local, I definitely recommend a visit to the Hayward Japanese garden. It was lovely!