Category Oakland

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 […]

West Coast Spring 2019, Part Two

April 4 – 15 With an afternoon to kill that Saturday we made our way to the 4th Street shopping district in Berkeley so that Kris could pick up glasses he’d ordered at Warby Parker and while the girls went off to take care of some shopping, Kris and I repaired to the Sierra Nevada […]

West Coast Spring 2019, Part One

April 4 – 15 A little over a month elapsed between our return from Florida and the start of our next trip which would include ten days on the west coast following a pattern now long familiar to us, two four-night stretches in Oakland with Jessica and Kris and three days in Sacramento exploring California’s […]

The Holidays 2019, Part Six

December 20 – January 7 The next day, Saturday, Joanna and Mary went into San Francisco for the last day of an exhibit at the de Yong Museum on Contemporary Muslim Fashions, and I bade farewell to Norm to head back to Oakland.  By early afternoon Jessica, Kris and I were ready for some refreshments […]

The Holidays 2019, Part Five

December 20 – January 7 We regrouped after parking the car at the apartment and then set out on BART for San Francisco and our dinner destination, Zero Zero.  This is the restaurant we used the morning after Jessica and Kris’ wedding, and we were looking forward to the meal as we recalled how good […]