50th HS Class Reunion 2016 Trip travel blog

Golden Gate Bridge from the North Side

SF Bay

Looking North Towards Saulsilito

Newly-named Robin Williams Tunnel leading to the GG Bridge

San Francisco including Coit Tower on the left

Close-up of SF

Alcatraz close-up

View of GG Bridge from Fort Baker (seldom seen)

View from Fort Bakeer

View from Fort Baker - 2

Fisherman's Wharf SF

Pier 39

Pinnacles NP

Pinnacles NP 2

Pinnacles NP 3

Pinnacles NP 4

Pinnacles NP 5

Pinnacles NP 6

Pinnacles NP 7

Castroville Fruit Stand

Castroville Fruit Stand -- BIG Artichoke

Castroville Fruit Stand -- Fried Artichoke Hearts -- Delicious!

Castroville Fruit Stand -- Big Artichokes -- Real

Castroville Fruit Stand -- Brussel prouts

Betty with Big Artichokes -- $4 each

Betty with Big Artichokes -- $4 each

Gilroy, CA -- Garlic Capital of the World

Garlic Shoppe -- Everything Garlic (including garlic wine)

Picture of the garlic plant

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Gilroy Garlic Festival 2

October 12, 2016 (Wednesday) thru October 22, 2016 (Saturday) – I don’t intend to bother you with the details, but during our stay in Lincoln, CA with our friend, Jean Beckwith, we did the following:

Had dinner with our niece, Jann Nicholls, and her daughters Chelsea and Katie. Also there were Chelsea’s husband, Gabe, and her children, Kai and Gabby. It is quite a coincidence that they living within 30 miles of Jean.

Went to the 60th reunion of my fraternity’s founding at the University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA). Had a great time meeting old friends from 50+ years ago.

Fixed a few things around Jean’s house.

Visited Jean’s son, Michael, his wife Michelle, and their two children, Elise and Jack.

Went to San Francisco on the last day there. I’ve included a few pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge and surroundings.

Went to the casino, which was only 10 minutes from Jean’s house, a few times. We both came out ahead – amazing.

On our return trip to Campbell, CA (my home), we picked up the trailer at my niece’s house in Antioch, CA. Both Betty and I did about 4 hours of work for her (she’s moving from one house to another and is alone).

Yesterday we went to Pinnacles National Park (the 4th national park on this trip). We were not impressed. It’s another one of those national parks that must be seen on foot – and we cannot do that. In our opinion it did not qualify being elevated from a national monument to a national park. On the return trip we went by Castroville and Gilroy again to spend a little time at produce stands. When we went through 2 weeks ago, we had to get to Lincoln, had the trailer in tow, and did not have the time to stop. So, we have a few more pictures to share. Take a look at the humongous artichokes. Also found out that Gilroy cannot compete with China for distribution of garlic in the U.S., so the only place they sell it is locally. And all this time you thought you we getting “locally” grown artichokes (if you eat them).

Tonight we go to my 55th High School class reunion. I know the Blog say “50th” but after I made the mistake, I have not been able to change it. Then tomorrow we start home – one day at a time – about 450 miles (9 hours) per day. The only people we will see are John and Loren Hancock, who used to live in our Blackmoor neighborhood.

I’ll probably do one more update after we get home to finish the trip.

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