San Francisco

San Francisco

After my late arrival to San Francisco on Monday night, I enjoyed a nice dinner out with my good friends and former teammates from Northwestern, Charlie and Tim. Charlie, new to SF as of four months ago, suggested a good Italian restaurant downtown which we enjoyed throughly. Near the end of dinner, another friend of mine from my time in Madison (now once again a resident of SF), surprised us at dinner and ultimately welcomed us over afterward for drinks and some good conversation. I have seen any of these people in a while, so a night in of just relaxing and talking was what I needed.

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The PCH

The PCH

I said my goodbyes to LA and friends early Monday morning and began the trek north up the Pacific Coast Highway (aka California 1 or PCH). Traffic was expectedly bad leaving LA but I made it through and onto the PCH within a couple of hours. The PCH actually extends the full length of the coast, all the way from LA up to northern Washington. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get all the way up the coast, but after 6 hours of the twisting road, I think I got the jist of how the road works.  

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles

Something I’ve never done before in life is surf so I figured I’d give it a go while out here and with nothing to lose. I was never a big skateboarder or wake boarder, but I feel comfortable with most things having to do with water, so I figured I’d be able to get the hang of it pretty quickly. Boy, was I wrong.

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Texas, the Grand Canyon, and Joshua Tree

Texas, the Grand Canyon, and Joshua Tree

Mom and I headed west through Texas on Monday, our day of driving that we planned to be the longest of all our days. For nine hours we drove end to end, finally reaching El Paso in the early evening and stopping for a bit to eat. All-in-all, there really isn't a whole lot in Texas. It's big, hot, and takes forever to get across.

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