Trip Start May 21, 2010
Trip End May 31, 2010

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Getting up early we logged some running miles with a jog through Leah's neighborhood. Breakfast consisted of eggs and avacoda (good stuff!) Next Leah, Tracy, and I took the BART (public transit) into San Fran and had a morning of walking around. The Ferry Building had lots of shops and eateries. Went to a cheese shop, Cowgirl Creamery, and picked up half a pound of Cumin Gouda and a wine infused cheese called Ubriaco. The cheese master (??correct term??) was a real character and was generous with the samples. After a light lunch and some coffee (Tracy got some tea at a neat little tea shop), we were all off to Pier 39. Along the walking route there is a guy that has tied tree branches together and parts them while giving a low roar. It is meant to shock and surprise people and boy does it work. He would have gotten me but Tracy noticed him ahead of time and warned us. She regrets telling me now. Even with the forewarning I think it startled Leah. There is a fellow that does the same thing but uses a garbage can for
camouflage instead. Same guy? No definitive answer to that one. After seeing Pier 39 and the seals that have overtaken some boat docking space, Tracy and I split a clam chowder in a sourdough bowl. Leah got some good, embarrassing pictures of us eating. We met up with Greg and did a bit more walking - this time past street performers and a magician. We headed out
towards Marin County with the Giant Redwoods. On the way out passing Lombard street - the curviest road in the world, think switchbacks on a steep, downward sloping hiking trail.  To get to Marin County we crossed the Golden Gate Bridge and got pictures from the Vista point.  It is a really neat feeling going over such historic landmarks.  The Giant Redwoods and Muir Beach were also other worldly and fantastic.  These trees are over 1000 years old and huge.  They grow in circles sometimes called a Family Circle which are actually connected to the same root system.  By far one of the best parts of the trip.  Greg had a pool league meetup to go to so we parted ways and headed for dinner.  A sampler platter at an Ethiopian restaurant was just what we needed after a long day with lots of walking.  It had a wonderful selection with lots of variety.  Leah introduced us to her neighbors, but we did not get to meet the children downstairs that I have heard so many good things about.  We crashed out quickly and had to leave early the next day.  A good time and a great visit.
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greg on

nice to meet you! hope to see you soon.

leah on

i loved reading this. what a great way to capture the day. you write beautifully and with such a wonderful sense of humor. greg wants me to let you both know that he won his pool game!!!! xoxo

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