I've made it to California. Flew in 12:45am local time, making it about 3:45 EDST - awesome. The next day I slept in while John taught, then we went for an exploratory run through the Mountain View cemetery (which I will take pictures from next time), rewarded with Bake Sale Betty's famous fried chicken sandwiches.
Day 2 is a bit more exciting - Napa day! John rented a car and after a short run to campus we set out for San Francisco. After paying $6 to go over the Bay Bridge, we drove past Treasure Island and Alcatraz before reaching SF. In SF we drove through the Golden Gate Park before reaching the most exciting Pacific Ocean. I've never seen it before. Despite to chilly breeze and persistent fog, I squeaked with glee and demanded we stop so I could put my feet in the Pacific. It was cold. I was still pleased.
After crossing one foggy Golden Gate bridge, we drove to Napa, with a quick stop at Mill Valley for some “In-and-Out” burgers and animal style fries. “In and Out” is an unhealthy West coast thing. The only option they present is how many beef patties to stack on your sandwich - no salads or grilled chicken here. The food was actually fantastic, no lie.
Things I'll need to get used to: fog, cool air, pigeons, hilly runs, foot transportation (we don't have a car), and cheap local fruit (we bought strawberries for 79 cents a pint!).
07.18 & 19.2013 - California