San Fransisco San Jose!!!
Lori and I spent quite a bit of time plotting out a plan of attack for our visit to San Fransisco. But you can’t really buzz around town very easy in a 33′ motor home. After all was said and done, by the time we paid for parking and road the rail in to catch a cable car, it was going to be well over $200 just getting in and out of the city. As we drove that morning, Lori and I both decided that there really wasn’t that much we wanted to do with the kids in San Fransisco, so we took the bypass and headed for San Jose.
At the top of Mitch’s list was to visit Apple Headquarters and check out the corporate gift store. It’s the only single location you can buy authentic Apple wear.
We found a spot to hide the camper not too far away. The area was overrun with younger “20 something” professionals either walking or riding Apple bikes. They traveled in groups clutching their Mac Book Pros and we noticed they were all laughing and smiling. And almost all of them were either white or Asian decent, which there just happened to be a crowd outside of headquarters protesting that very fact…
If you went to the movie theater to watch the Steve Jobs autobiography staring Adam Kutcher you would recognize the main corporate entrance.
The Apple store had just closed the week before for remodeling. There was a stream of visitors taking selfies in front of the corporate offices and I’ll have to say it was in poor form that Apple didn’t make any alternate accommodations for any of us.
Mitch had read about In and Out Burger so we decided to try it out for lunch. There are only three items on the menu: Burger, Cheese Burger, or Double Cheese Burger. The place was packed so we had to eat outside where a nice local young man wanted to have a casual conversation about bears and racism. Yeah, that’s a nice neutral topic to talk about…
The Googleplex was something more up my alley…
There were Google bikes stashed everywhere so we all took our turns taking rides and getting snapshots of ourselves on them.
The complex was expansive and the architecture of all the buildings were very modern. They had contracted services all over the complex, like this mobile hairdresser, that they provide free to their employees. To be honest, I didn’t see a lot of people taking them up on it.
This was at the center of the courtyard. I don’t know what it is, but since it was Google I guess it’s something pretty cool…
We continued heading south looking for a good spot on the ocean. Traffic around here is insane. It literally took us two hours to go less than 30 miles. I lost count of how many people had pulled out in front of me. In one case there was no way for me to stop in time and I had to run off the shoulder of the road to avoid an older lady that pulled onto the highway without even looking. Right after I took this shot, we watched a three car pileup right in front of us. I decided to put the camera away and concentrate on my driving.
In the end, we found a great little spot off the Santa Cruz coastline. Nick was the bravest one to hit the water. If you don’t know, the west coast ocean hovers right around 50 degrees. The rest of us decided to watch from afar.
Colby decided to just “get her feet wet”. It wasn’t long before the next huge wave changed her mind for her.
That evening we watched a sea otter play in front of us right off the beach.
After our day was done, I was just ready to get the heck out of dodge. The crazy traffic, terrible drivers, and wacko’s walking around talking to themselves was worse than my last family reunion. The state park campground was full but the host let us know as we were leaving that a last minute cancellation opened up a spot for us. It had been a long day so we decided to spend the night there and head out first thing in the morning.