San Francisco – February 2011

Finished off what is always a motivating, rejuvenating office visit with my team in San Ramon with a mini-vacation in the City by the Bay, one of my new favorite US destinations. Cara joined me just in time for the weekend, and Michelle and Brian generously offered to serve as hosts and tourguides, taking us through a sampling of SF’s exotic cuisines, dive bars, swanky patios and world-famous tourist attractions. The weather was in the 99th percentile, fantastic and sunny like the Fourth of July in the middle of February, and the city’s welcome was as warm as the sunshine, from the friendly local faces to the available front-door parking spots at seemingly every venue. Cara and I had an incredible time together, further cementing our shared belief that we would make excellent co-hosts for our own travel show, and Michelle and Brian kept us enthralled with their city and doubled over laughing until the moment we hugged them goodbye. It was an epic weekend, one I will remember fondly forever, and I hope the pictures capture at least a sliver of that feeling for everyone that flips through the gallery.

You can also download this Google Earth file to see all the places we visited.

Gallery is here – slideshow button is at the top-right corner.

Washington Park Arboretum Walk – May 2010

The location was Alex‘s idea, but I turned out to be the one properly prepared for it as I had worn flip-flops (largely out of laziness) and the muddy, swampy, often-underwater trail was much easier to navigate when I just stopped trying to stay dry and started wading through the slop. We stopped to catch nice views of the lake, walked along the canal marveling at what life must be like in a house that’s water-adjacent, and as usual got carried away talking and didn’t take that many photos. Still, some nice shots at one of Seattle’s many treasured bastions of urban wilderness seclusion, and a great day out with a good friend.

Gallery slideshow is here