San Francisco.... So many words come to mind to describe the trip that they jumble up leaving me speechless.... Route 1 scenic drive ....Japanese Tea Garden... Carmel... Monterey... trolley cars ... clam chowder...fresh fish... Red Wood trees.....Golden Gate Bridge...crooked street.... China Town... Sea Lions at the Fisherman's Wharf...stumbling across Stanford and eating at the local thai restaurant.... my unexpected favorite, Telegraph Hill on the Berkley campus... and much more...
There's a commercial on TV for Luizzianne Iced Tea where this old man on a rocking chair talks about how his whole life he drank Lipton and refused to try something different....and one day he accidentally drank Luizzianne... and said "Boy was it good... kinda makes you question your whole life" Berkley was my Luizzianne.... . A friend's friend took us around and he seemed to know every interesting and fascinating person on Telegraph Hill. But the most amazing part of Berkley were its bookstores.... Alan and Joan thanks for recommending Moe's bookstore because it was like finding water after years of thirst...... You won't find these books at Barnes/Borders.... they're eclectic, they're interesting and they're CHEAP...... It took a great deal of self retraint to keep from buying my weight in books.... What would life have been like if I went to school at Berkley? The only thing keeping me from moving here is the fact that rickety three bedroom shacks start at 2.15 million dollars!! (Yes- I checked! :) )... so yeah, maybe a little later :)
Tomorrow is Alcatraz which is supposed to be wonderful..... we're leaving all too soon! :(
*BART: Bay Area Rapid Transit