Touring the West Coast and beyond

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In September 2011, I flew out to San Francisco to present at a conference for work. It was my first real visit to the West Coast since I had been there as a child (circa 1987 or something like that), which I don’t quite remember because I was all of three years old. I immediately texted Joel and told him — we HAVE to come back here.

Fast forward three years and it finally happened — our plane touched down at SFO on September 4, with 10 days and 1400 miles of road ahead of us.

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We biked. We hiked. We walked. We drove a lot. We ate even more. We saw the most beautiful scenery. It was an absolute blast and I cannot wait to recount the entire adventure. Here are our main stops:

  1. San Francisco
    1. Biking the city Part 1
    2. Biking the city Part 2
    3. Wandering the city by foot
    4. The architecture
  2. Napa Valley
  3. Carmel-by-the-Sea/Monterey
  4. Pacific Coast Highway/Big Sur
  5. Pismo Beach
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Las Vegas
  8. Hoover Dam
  9. Grand Canyon
    1. Hiking the Grand Canyon
    2. Grand Canyon Sunset
  10. Phoenix/Tucson (I did this leg solo — Since I had a conference in Phoenix, I dropped Joel off at the airport on a Sunday so that he could get back to work and then headed down to Tucson to visit some family before heading north again for work.)

Stay tuned!!

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