the island, the bridge, the trees, the apple
One last family trip before shuttling off our oldest to his freshman year at college. A family consensus picked California and my wife narrowed in on greater San Francisco for a jumping off point. A great call and a great experience - with the exception of a sketchy AirBNB choice, but that's another blog for another time.
The public transportation was great, the people watching was top notch and we saw lots of colorful things that we would have missed in the car on the highway!
When we got off the train we headed towards the water where we were to pickup our boat ride to check out Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and get the general 'Vibe of the City' tour. This was a great experience as well, and by navigating the coastal roads you avoid walking up/down any major hills - an insider tip!
Muir Woods was next, again just a killer experience that seems worlds away from the Midwest experience. I really got a giggle at the sign designating a place for people to protest!
The Wharf was a lot of fun, the food everywhere was great, the tech companies were plenty! BUT since I was so close, I dragged my family to the Apple HQ because I'm an Apple die-hard sort of guy! For arts and cultural folks interested in user experience, Apple had a very engaging set of strategies ranging from great "gallery interpreters", beautiful landscape/grounds, great educational interpretation and augmented reality tech. Now of this is surprising and it was fun to experience.
I wish we had more time around San Francisco and I look forward to going back someday. TTFN! There was more to our CA trip that I'll jump into in the next round! -Pete
Pete is the founder of Piggyback App. At the time of writing this description, he may or may not be on a horse.