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Back from the Bay

We are back! Why all the secrecy last week? Because we we going to a surprise 50th birthday party for a friend of Beth's, and I didn't want him to find out (although there is no reason to think he reads my journal, but you never know). Where did we go? Aptos, CA...

Thursday Night
We fly into San Jose after work and get there about midnight. We get lost trying to find our hotel, but we do find eBay instead so that was fun...

Friday
The party was Friday night, so that gave us plenty of time to be tourists during the day. We slept late and then made our way to the Winchester Mystery House, only to find out they were closed! Why? Because they were getting ready for a live television show to be filmed there that night! So that sucked, but they did give us free passes for anytime in the next six months...

After that, we drove to Santa Cruz and checked out the sights (mainly the ocean and surfers along West Cliff Drive), then pushed on to Aptos an the party, which was fun. Mike the birthday boy was suitably surprised, especially by us since Beth hadn't seen him in 18 years...  We didn't get to see much of Mike, as he had lots of people to spend some time with, so we mostly hung out with Beth's friend Dan from Sacramento.  After they party, we stayed at Dan's parent's house in Carmel...

Saturday
We walked around Carmel a bit to start our day, then met Mike and Dan and Dan's partner Pat for lunch back in Aptos.  Afterward, we drove up to San Francisco the slow way (on California Highway 1), because we would be spending Saturday night at Pat's flat in San Francisco.

That evening, we went out for drinks at Martuni's (not this Martuni), dinner at Farina (not this Farina) and sang at The Mint which was a blast!

Sunday
On Sunday, Dan had to go back to Sacramento and Pat had to work, so Beth and I were solo tourists.  We had breakfast at Luna in the Castro, and then shopped a bit (I got a t-shirt at Whatever...).  After that, we drove to the top of Twin Peaks to see the sights on what I am told was a very clear day for San Francisco.  Then we went to the Cliff House and its camera obscura, then drove thru Golden Gate Park and on to San Jose to catch our flight back...

(And if you wonder why I didn't post yesterday, it's because I was installing our new DVR...)

Comments

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bellelvsbeast
Oct. 24th, 2007 08:16 am (UTC)
WHAT YOU WERE NEAR ME AND YOU DIDN'T TELL ME?! I am so mad at you now, SO MAD OMG...:P
Just kidding, I probably wouldn't have had the money or time to go over there since I am in East Bay...
That Winchester House is scary!!! I have not been but I drove by it once...SPOOKY!!!!
Oooh you need to come back and go with me! haha I kid, I would pee myself...or not it could be cool! Let me know if you two are going to come back and use those passes! :)
I have not been to SC, but Dan's best friend's bitch...I mean fiance lives there...:P
Downtown SF rocks, did you go to Pier 39?! That's my fave!!! :)
bellelvsbeast
Oct. 25th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
That's cool you went to the Mint...my friend sings there allllll the time...her name is Bekah and she has a set of lungs...:)
shadzane
Oct. 25th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC)
I don't remember any names, but Beth says there was someone named Bekah there that did a couple of songs...
bellelvsbeast
Oct. 25th, 2007 07:24 am (UTC)
That is probably my friend, she is there like every night...she has a very deep, lovely voice, very beautiful...
shadzane
Oct. 25th, 2007 05:11 am (UTC)
It was a secret, remember? I couldn't tell you!

I forgot to tell the rest of the Winchester House story -- we gave the passes to Dan & Pat, because there is almost zero chance we will be back in the area before they expire in May...

We didn't go this time, but I've been to Pier 39 on one of my previous San Francisco visits (I've been to San Francisco three times, but each time was short -- less than 24 hours. That's weird how that has worked out...)
bellelvsbeast
Oct. 25th, 2007 07:23 am (UTC)
You could have SECRETLY EMAILED ME...
POOP...
Aw That is nice to give the passes to them...too bad you can't come back anytime soon...
Too bad you couldn't go this time, but it's SO FUN!
jimmyknocker
Oct. 25th, 2007 01:29 am (UTC)
I hope you were all right and didn't get caught up in the wildfire that's been spreading around the CA area.
shadzane
Oct. 25th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC)
We were safe; all the Wildfires are in Southern California and we were in the North (and they didn't start until Sunday) -- but thanks for thinking of us!
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