1) Every town/city/venue has something named Mercado or Embarcodero
For those who don’t know, or didn’t see my over-sharing on Facebook last weekend, I took an impromptu holiday to San Francisco, CA July 11-14. I traveled alone and although I had intentions of meeting up with friends in the Bay Area, I didn’t get a chance to in the 3 short days I was there.
San Francisco is a pretty amazing place. A city of over 800,000 built on some of the strangest terrain (for a city) I have seen. It was founded in 1776 and has an old-meets-new feel about it, which from what I understand, for California, is somewhat rare. There is no shortage of things to do and things to see and eat.
Since I was flying solo (literally and figuratively), I decided to pack as much as possible into 3 days. I figure I walked at least 7-8mi per day around the city, both on purpose and as the result of a broken sightseeing bus and overcrowded cable car stops. This allowed for some off-the-beaten-path photo opportunities.
Rather than rehash by day by day, hour by hour itinerary of the trip, I’ll leave it to a handful of photos to summarize the things I saw and the depth of things the City By The Bay has to offer.
If you’re interested in more detail, let me know.
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13. Marina is Sausilito
12. Mega Yacht approaching. Bay Bridge in the background.
Each winter, I tell my self to figure out how to get to one of the leading US music festivals. Each summer I realize that I’ve missed two of the most notable. Bonaroo and Cochella happen in the spring and unfortunately for me, my work situation almost precludes travel from January through June.
I guess Austin City Limits is always an option. Or perhaps a UK festival, like Glastonbury? But that would be a heavy lift…
It’s Daytona 500 day today and that got me thinking of the few times I’ve been to Daytona. The first time was sometime in the late 1980’s during a family trip to Florida. I was fascinated by the fact that you could drive on the beach.
The most recent would have been in 2008, when I was travelling with the McCain 2008 campaign and after a successful South Carolina Primary, I ended up in the Sunshine State for the Florida Presidential Primary the next week.
After having landed in Fort Lauderdale, I revived my orders to drive up to Jacksonville and work out of the campaign’s field office there for the week. JAX was a good 20 degrees colder, unfortunately.
Among the many duties I was assigned was to staff the campaign’s top surrogates, US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and US Senator Richard Burr (R-North Carolina).
The day before the Florida Primary election day, I drove the two Senators to an event in St. Augustine. On the way there, Sen. Burr noted a billboard advertising the World Golf Hall of Fame. On the way back to Jacksonville, it would be a required stop. It’s not like there was an important election happening the next day or anything, so we didn’t necessarily have to rush back to the campaign’s field office.
It was a good time overall. Here are some snapshots:
Oh, and we did win the Florida Primary the next day.