With the success of this weekend’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the summer’s big events have come to a close. Fall’s squarely upon us, and with the passing of the seasons now comes a time of transition – which for most of us just means it’s time to get our Halloween costume ready, right? But for others it also means a time of reflection, perhaps enjoying quiet peaceful days exploring parts of the park as yet unknown.

Come out this Saturday and Sunday to the fly-casting pools for the Northwestern Casting Tournament and catch some of the finest in Bay Area angling. Opened in 1933, the Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club was established to promote the art of fly fishing and fly and plug casting (hint, hint…plug casting is where a plug is used in place of the lure). Over the years members of the club have been responsible for many innovations in fly fishing. The popular Pfleuger “Medalist” fly, for instance, was designed by a GGACC member. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Angler’s Lodge, whose style is reminiscent of traditional mountain lodges, with rustic woodwork and stone.

From there perhaps wander over to the Buffalo Paddock, or down to the Dutch Windmill. Whatever your fancy, quiet meditation is the name of the game this weekend. Oh…forgot to mention there’s also a car show at Speedway Meadow and a Skate Jam hosted by Purple Skunk Skate shop, Sk8kings.com, and Plank Skateboards at JFK Drive, near the waterfall. Very meditative in their own way really.