Also known as pack-up-day, also known as last-day-of-the-conference.
I got up leisurely, did a little packing, went to Macy's and bought
the aforementioned Cool Shoes, then picked up some falafel and crab salad
C met me at the hotel, where we ate and then checked out.
We went to the conference one last time together, to hear the closing
talk by Ben Stein. It was a very good talk; he's quite the talented
speaker! His dry mannerisms struck me as very strange the few times
I watched him on Win Ben Stein's Money, but they worked well in a speech.
Good mix of humor and intelligence.
We wandered around the Metreon one last time, and I got a big bag of
Jelly Bellies. I then proceeded to eat too many of these and get a
sugar headache, but they were still fun.
We rented a car and filled it with our luggage. We were
now officially homeless....but not for long.
We drove to just below Coit Tower, then
we walked up the steep hill to see it. My parents say they have never
been up there without tons of fog obscuring the city, so I guess we lucked
out. The view was clear and lovely up there. It was a little windy,
but otherwise perfect!
Next we drove to the famous Lombard street,
San Francisco's "crookedest street". We walked up the steep hill, then
we got the car and drove down the switchbacks.
Bidding fond farewells to San Francisco, we left the city heading south.
It was a beautiful drive down the coast, with perfect sunny weather.
It was very very windy though....at one point we stopped to admire
the ocean, but the wind started driving grains of sand and droplets of water
into our skin and eyes, so we didn't stay long. It was still awesome,
with lots of waves!
Our dinner reservations were at the Moss Beach Distillery. We
got there over an hour early, but that was planned. They have a patio
facing the ocean, with porch swings and blankets laid out. We ordered
hot drinks from the bar, cuddled up on a swing with a few blankets, and watched
the sun slowly set over the ocean. It was perfectly beautiful.
Before the sun set completely, we took a short walk onto this piece
of cliff that jutted out into the water. I'd seen other people on it,
admiring the view, so I thought we should try it. As we approached,
I noticed a sign that said, "Extreme Danger, path closed!" I
went onto the path anyway, and C followed. I assumed he had seen the
sign too, and was ignoring it like me. "Extreme danger!" I laughed.
He asked me, "Is that what that sign said?" I responded in classic
Python style, "Oh no... no no no.... well, yes." We went out anyway,
and it was lovely. We took several pictures of each other both on the
point, then by the Danger Sign.
Eventually whumpdotcom arrived to join us for dinner. We
had an excellent meal, then he was kind enough to put us up for the night
in his apartment. Whump Hotel is an excellent establishment, and I'd
highly recommend it to any fellow travelers. We downloaded all of my
photos-so-far onto Bill's computer, so I could show them off. When the
slide show had completed, C commented, "It looks like you've been here a month
or so already!"