San Francisco Road Trip

June 7, 2008

Living and working in Seattle gave me a long weekend for Memorial Day. With the extra day off for the weekend, a few of us (10 to be exact) who are working in the area for Amazon, Expedia, and Microsoft decided to take a road trip to San Francisco. The trip is over 800 miles away driving through 3 states (Washington, Oregon and California). We headed out after work Friday night so we were on the road by around 7:30. We decided to drive straight there trying to make as few stops as possible. Considering the fact that nobody in the group really knew anyone very well prior to the trip things seemed to work out well enough. With a few confusions along the way and an unforeseen stop we all managed to get into San Francisco by about 10:00 Saturday morning.

During the day for the next two days a few of us just ended up walking around the city. Places we stumbled upon included Union Square (which was just a block away from our hotel), Chinatown, Fisherman's Wharf, the hundreds of sea lions at Pier 39, Nob Hill, Alcatraz (AKA The Rock), Golden Gate Park and of course the Golden Gate Bridge. While touring around the Fisherman's Wharf I stopped in for some pints and live music at a couple of the Irish pubs in the area.

Saturday and Sunday night we checked out some of the local bars. Saturday night ended a little earlier due to the fact that I hadn't slept in over 40 hours. Sunday night we went to Harry Denton's Starlight Room which was located on the 21st floor of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. There was a good view of the city right from our table.

Monday morning started only 3 hours after getting back from the bar the night before. Our group wanted to get on the road as soon as possible since we were taking the much longer scenic route along the coast for part of the way back. The roads were very interesting, twisting and turning the whole way. The experience was definately worth the extra 6 hours it took to get back. The entire trip back took a total of about 18 hours, which included a few stops along the way to fuel up the cars and ourselves.

Driving a Brand New Mustang!

Picture above is me driving a brand new Mustang, one of the cars we took to San Francisco.

Jason Smith

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