Our Summer in the San Francisco Bay Area

Point Reyes lighthouse, Marin County, California.

Mary and I passed the summer in the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento River Delta areas. We met there, married, and moved out of the area to Colorado in 1996 to enjoy a bigger house and higher standard of living. It was our first extended return trip, although we’ve visited several times for a few days.

The impetus for our trip was the wedding of Steve McDermid, the son of Mary’s cousin, and his bride Katie Windle in San Francisco. We were planning to go to Hood River in Oregon so that I could learn to kitesurf, but San Francisco is almost as windy, and also gave us the opportunity to visit old friends and enjoy the resources of the highest concentration of tech businesses in the world.

San Pablo Bay, Marin County, California.

We didn’t familiarize ourselves with the Sacramento Delta when we lived there, despite it being so close, but it’s an interesting place to visit. There’s a huge wind farm near the kitesurfing haven of Rio Vista, but I didn’t learn to kitesurf as planned because I was busy riding my bicycle, paddling my kayak, reconnecting with old friends, and meeting techies from the International Game Developers Association and Hacks and Hackers. As John Lennon once said, life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

Visiting places and people from our past reminded us of how much our lives have changed during the last 20 years. We’re thankful to remain healthy, wealthy, and fit after all these years. My only regret was that I was unable to persuade Mary to rollerblade at Crystal Springs Reservoir, where we met at an event of the San Francisco Singles Ski Club. If you’re single in the Bay Area, we highly recommend it any time of the year!

Mary at The Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California above Silicon Valley. We saw the Beach Boys at their concert venue.

I uploaded a several groups of pictures from our adventures that appear in the Galleries menu, including a visit to the foggy Point Reyes Lighthouse, the McDermid-Windle wedding, Santa Rosa, Bodega Bay, and a sailing trip on San Pablo Bay with the North Bay Sailing Club, a sociable group that welcomes locals and visitors like us.

We visited Saratoga, a town with hot springs named after the town in New York where the Rockefellers and other rich people own country homes. It lies in the Santa Cruz mountains and was a vacation destination for people in San Francisco more than 100 years before Silicon Valley emerged below. The best view is from The Mountain Winery, founded as the Paul Masson Winery in 1856. It’s a popular place for companies to bring their employees on Friday afternoons. Adobe and Hewlett-Packard convened meetings the day we visited.

We had some time to kill before an event of the International Game Developers Association, so Mary stole a multicolored bicycle from Google headquarters in Mountain View, California.

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