Category Oakland

On the Road Again, Northern California Part One

July 23 – August 3 We would spend the summer of Covid-19 pretty much engaging in our normal activities such as reading, watching a bit of video and riding our bikes, for me averaging over 600 miles a month, four to five days a week, helping to stay fit and providing a productive outlet. Jessica, […]

Baby G

February 1 – 7 We drove back to Oakland on Saturday the 1st knowing that Jessica had already gone to the hospital to begin an induced delivery.  After arriving we dropped our luggage off at their apartment and made our way over to the Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, a large complex south of UC […]

Oakland and Oregon, Part Eight

December 19, 2019 –January 30, 2020 Next up for us was just a half mile away at the US Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model Visitor Center, a working hydraulic scale model of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta System. While the Bay Model is still operational, it is no longer used […]

Oakland and Oregon, Part Seven

December 19, 2019 –January 13, 2020 We got an early start the next morning for what would be an eight-hour plus drive back down to Oakland.  Around lunch time we decided to stop in at Bartels Giant Burger where we had enjoyed a really good meal in 2016 traveling down the same route (https://3jmann.com/2016/07/20/west-coast-spring-swing-part-three/).  As […]

Oakland and Oregon, Part Two

December 19 –January 13 As it was a relatively short three-hour drive to Chico and check-in wasn’t until later in the afternoon, we joined Jessica for breakfast at one of our favorite joints in Berkeley, Sconehenge.  I’ve written often of this place so won’t belabor how good the food is and will just leave it […]

Oakland and Oregon, Part One

December 19 –January 13 We returned to Los Angeles mid-week and began preparations for a baby shower we’d be hosting for our daughter and son-in-law, Jessica and Kris, as happy an occasion as one can imagine.  Family and friends came together, and a fine time was had by all. A week or so later I […]

Amtrak – Flix Bus Weekend, Part Two

September 26 – 30 Arriving so late Thursday night meant we did nothing more than hop into bed for a good night’s rest.  The next day we killed time until Kim and Marty arrived from the airport and checked into their hotel on Broadway, where we met them and walked together to one of our […]

Amtrak – Flix Bus Weekend, Part One

September 26 – 30 Camping at Jalama Beach State Park earlier in the month whetted our appetite for a trip we’d long thought about taking, that is to ride the train to or from Oakland to see Jessica and Kris.  After examining our options, we decided that going to the Bay Area would be the […]

On the Road Again, Part Four

August 24 – September 6 Thus, we made it to Oakland later than anticipated but glad to have finally made it, knowing a good night’s sleep can fix a lot of the ill effects of arriving late.  We unloaded the car and through some sort of cosmic intervention, perhaps a payback for the day we’d […]

West Coast Spring 2019, Part Five

April 4 – 15 Our plan for the morning of our return to Oakland was to check out of the Airbnb around 11am and head over to the Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park to tour that facility, but fate intervened in the way of a migraine headache Joanna developed soon after awakening. Normally one […]