I returned this morning from a short trip to the Bay Area. My trip was quite fun, despite a minor setback of car sickness on California Highway 175. You can see pics from my trip on Flickr.
I saw the Rockies beat the Giants in 10 innings. Barry Bonds hit home run #746. Go, Barry, go!
One of the highlights of the trip were a day in Lake County with Meggie, Siddhartha, and Christian. Lake County is north of Napa and west of Mendocino. It’s very beautiful and has a variety of non-pretentious wineries. We spent some time at Ceago – a biodynamic winery with wonderfu lavendar fields and a great view of Clear Lake. Lake County’s pretty far from the Bay Area (3+ hours for first-time visitors), and if you don’t know people there, it may not be worth it.
Tuesday I had the day to myself, so I rented a Ford Focus and wandered the area. Lunch with Beth in Mountain View was tasty. I headed to San Jose to check out The Tech Museum of Innovation. It’s a pretty cool place, and I wish I’d had more time. I do not recommend the IMAX movie Mystic India. It was kinda boring and didn’t have much exciting IMAX footage. I might’ve learned something about India though; we’ll see what I’m able to remember down the road.
I needed to get from San Jose to Redwood City for dinner with Eileen, and I took the scenic route along 280, 92, and Route 1. Yes, it’s also the roundabout way. I wanted to see some ocean, so I went through Half Moon Bay and drove up Route 1 through Devil’s Slide to Daly City. The ocean smells wonderful and is remarkably calming. It was a great way to wind down from a busy weekend.