August 15, 2017
Our California city experiences were in San Francisco and Alameda county, primarily exploring Berkeley and San Francisco.
We visited famed streets and neighborhoods, museums and galleries, shops and festivals.
We choose our destinations and outings based on budget (everything mostly free) and relevance to our family's interests: art, comic book and music stores, and design.
We had the working vacation, Tougas family culture (a blend of nature, art, and digital tech) experience of the Bay Area of California.
I love California. It has its social problems, yes. And traffic. But there is a vast world of beauty, nature, and culture to explore and what we experienced was a drop in the bucket.
Everywhere we went it felt like we didn't have enough time. There was so much more I wanted to do, see, explore. I had to fight that feeling because we had what we had, and it had to be enough.
This is how it is to live. Never enough, but learning to accept and deeply appreciate what is.
Like so many places I've been on this trip, I hope to return one day to California.
Berkeley Kite Festival.
Surf boards at Stinson Beach, Marin county.
Alamos Square Park, San Francisco.
The flowering trees of the Bay Area are beautiful.
Summer of Love. Visiting Haight Ashbury neighborhood.
Driving was cheaper (for 4 or 5 people to visit the city) but public transit is way less stressful for traffic. San Francisco traffic is insane. This is a calm city scene before the chaos of 2:00pm on Market Street.
On a friend's boat near the Richmond Yacht Club.
We saw lots of this while driving. Tall trees rushing by on winding roads.
Northern CA coast. Abalone divers in background.
Leaving California, driving the Avenue of Giants.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
See Brienne's vlog at YouTube for the video story, through the eyes of a fourteen year old, of our travels.
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July 31, 2017
My current problem with the internet, and connectivity in general, is the way it fills every space of my life because it can and because I've let it.