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San Francisco Trip Log, Part 5 of 5, Friday and Saturday - cellophane
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San Francisco Trip Log, Part 5 of 5, Friday and Saturday
Friday, 4-18-2003
  • Friday began with an early tour of the Verisign data center (C's last work-task).  It was interesting, very Mission Impossible.
  • As we entered I walked past a bush, and I saw something moving out of the corner of my eye.  My first thought was, "What a huge bug!"  It looked like a giant dragonfly or something.  A second look, and I realized it was a hummingbird, hovering over the leaves!  I've never seen one outside of the zoo before.  Pretty cool.
  • Try not to get distracted by the surfboard's phallic nature!After the tour, we drove down the coast.  We stopped in Santa Cruz, where we found a cool sock store.  I would have bought tons of cute socks, except they were rather pricey.  I settled on just one pair with giraffe heads on them.
  • Walking along the beach there, we watched surfers and kayakers on the ocean.  We also saw a monument to surfers!  "To those who caught their last wave," I believe the inscription read.  Or maybe I saw that elsewhere...I don't remember for sure.
  • For lunch there was a local coffee, a caramel bun, and a Jack-in-the-Box burger on C's recommendation.
  • Eventually we made it to our destination: Monterey.  Our plan had been to visit the famous aquarium.  When we first arrived though, the place was full of tourists, cars, and lines, and we found ourselves losing interest in the fishies.  Instead, we went to the beach and strolled on the sand.
  • We had made a reservation for theMunras Lodge, so we went there next.  When we mentioned the aquarium, the proprietor said that he could sell us discounted tickets which would allow us to use the "group" entrance and avoid the long line.  They were also good for two days.  So we decided to visit the aquarium after all.
  • It was a fun place, so I'm glad we made it!  Their jellyfish exhibit is really amazing.  They also have some huge displays, with sea otters, giant squid, tuna fish (and not in cans!), and all kinds of weird creatures.  It was definitely a neat place.
  • Leaving the aquarium, we strolled around downtown Monterey for awhile.  Lots of cute little shops, the usual touristy stuff.  More socks.  We went to a Cajun-themed restaurant called Crawdaddies for dinner.  Now, while driving to Monterey, we had noticed many artichoke farms.  So we made sure to eat at a place that served up local steamed artichoke....it was wonderful! Tender, tangy, and delicious. We also had a tasty seafood cioppino, filled with shrimp, crawfish, clams, and lobster.
  • Our hotel had an in-room gas fireplace, plus a public jacuzzi.  We made good use of both, and our last night in California was peaceful and lovely.
I must confess I was drawn, I was drawn, to the ocean...

Scary but beautiful.Not that's not a real clam.  But those are the new shoes!
Saturday, 04-19-2003

  • The next morning it was, alas, time to head for the airport.  We packed up our stuff and checked out.
  • We drove up the coast at first, then took a scenic drive over the top of Mt Madonna, which was very beautiful.  We even saw some redwoods there, I think. ("I wouldn't know a redwood if it fell on me," I admitted to C...I just know they are very big. And presumably red.) Regardless, it was a very pretty road.
  • On the other side of the mountain was Gilroy, the Garlic Capital of the World.  Seeing how we began our vacation with garlic, it seemed a fitting way to end it.  We sampled and purchased some garlic peanut brittle.
  • We stopped just outside of Oakland in San Leandro for a delicious Korean lunch, then we caught our flight home (first buying some See's chocolate in the airport) and back to reality.  
  • (Oh, and the cool shoes I keep harping on about? I'm wearing them in the clam-picture above. Nifty, eh?)
oooh...garlic....

The End.
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encorecrazay From: encorecrazay Date: May 5th, 2003 11:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

cool shoes

Hard to see the shoes in the clam shell pic, so I worked through your links to see the closeup. Interesting. I am going to look at some Camper shoes when I am in Spain, you might want to check them out http://www.camper.es
cpip From: cpip Date: May 6th, 2003 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Coolness! Looks like it was a fun trip. I've never been to San Fran, and reading through the trip log convinces me that I need to at some point!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 6th, 2003 07:06 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes you should...it's a very neat city!
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: May 6th, 2003 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)

so sad the tale must come to an end...

sweet!
that's very cool that you were able to get to the aquarium after all...
when I was out there visiting older brother (got there a week before we packed his stuff in a van and drove across to Boston)
I was able to do a day trip down the coast past all those wonderful farm fields and along the coast and down to Monterey... fortunately it was mid week or something, and not many tourists were in town and I was actually able to visit the beach, the pier with the flock of pelican roosting on everything, and the aquarium as well....
actually managed (with my old 35 mm manual camera) to get a very similarly awesome shot of the iridescent jellyfish in the most vivid colored water, just like yours...
thanks for all the pics, seems like you definitely had a great time....
but what I really want to know is what's the fixation on socks? ;-)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 6th, 2003 01:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: so sad the tale must come to an end...

Glad you've enjoyed the posts. Those jellyfish are pretty cool, aren't they? I'm glad you got to see them too. Kinda freaky, but beautiful.

I don't know, I just like fun socks! It's a simple and entertaining way to personalize an outfit....

I like shoes too...maybe I'm just fixated on my feet? Look, I have a whole memory category devoted to pictures of my feet!
http://www.livejournal.com/tools/memories.bml?user=renniekins&keyword=feet&filter=all
hmm...I really should put the sneaker entry in there, come to think of it....although it's really not a foot-only journal post.
retepsnave From: retepsnave Date: May 6th, 2003 01:59 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: so sad the tale must come to an end...

lol.... yes there is a lovely fixation on your part... although the feet are not altogeher ugly or bad body parts.... just taken for granted and often missused....
I recall while working with a Ballet group that all the dancers had mini-fixations with their feet... funny glove socks were the rage, a well as all sorts of other silly & colorful socks... perhaps it has something to do with the dancing (conventional or on a frozen surface) where your feet are in essence all you have... thus are more meaningful to you than for most people...
oh well, at least you're not cramming yours into stiff pointshoes and then trying to stand on your toes... (I tried that out of fun, and man it's not at all easy! ;-)

quite a collection of 'memorable' posts by the way... ;-)
and yes the jellyfish were erilly beautiful and awsome!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 7th, 2003 12:52 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: so sad the tale must come to an end...

ooh, toe socks! I have two pairs! *laugh*

That could be it, something about our feet being so important to what we do and all.

I've taken ballet, but never tried Point. It looks hard, and painful! I just don't think my toes are up to it....
juliebata From: juliebata Date: May 6th, 2003 04:27 pm (UTC) (Link)

Great trip report!

I'm so glad you made it to the aquarium! We took everyone who ever came to visit us. It's worth it even on the busiest day. The jellyfish are the coolest, as is the REALLY big tank with the tuna fish. I loved the trippy, hypnotic music they have going in the backround, makes you want to stand there slack-jawed for hours...
My absolute favorite thing was the stingray tank, where you can reach in and touch them. They feel like wet velvet, I couldn't tear myself away...
I'm glad you had a good time, it was fun to hear it from the perspective of someone who hadn't been there before. It makes me miss the Bay Area even more!!
-Juliebata

renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 7th, 2003 07:20 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Great trip report!

Thanks! Yes, I'm glad we did the aquarium too. It was very neat...lots of weird stuff to admire. I petted the sting ray too. Got all wet, because it didn't want to be petted, but it was still very cool...
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: May 6th, 2003 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)

Cool

I can't wait to see your Penguicon report!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: May 7th, 2003 07:18 am (UTC) (Link)

Re:

Yeah...I should do that, before I forget the weekend!
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