Category Travel

San Francisco 2014 (part 4)

Continued from San Francisco (part 3) Saturday afternoon, my sister is driving us east on California St toward the Embarcadero so that E and I can check in at the Hyatt. My uncle M is already checked in and at the hotel, having caught the BART from the airport after flying up from Los Angeles. […]

San Francisco 2014 (part 3)

Continued from Part 2 My flight begins with frustation as I unsuccessfully try to check in online at home before leaving for the airport. I bought my flight through Expedia. Expedia says it’s an American Airlines flight but American won’t let me check in because the flight is operated by Alaska Airlines. I go to […]

San Francisco 2014 (part 2)

Continued from San Francisco 2014 (Part 1) I haven’t been to San Francisco in about three and half years, E probably more like five. Though it’s been a while, at times past we’ve been regular visitors to the Bay Area as my oldest sister M has lived in the peninsular city since 1998.  We 1st […]

San Francisco 2014 (Part 1)

The seemingly simple act of trip planning is actually an almost boundless vehicle that I use to indulge my increasingly frequent and neurotic tendencies. I sit here at home and plan while I lounge on my couch – one of my favorite places in the world. This couch and my home are a safe place, […]

Portland (part 2 of 2)

Continued from Portland (part 1 of 2) I wake up early the next morning. After lounging in bed for a while I decide to head out and grab us some coffee from Stumptown Coffee Roasters, a local espresso chain located just a few blocks away. I pass O’Bryant Square, a small public park located between […]

Portland (part 1 of 2)

Seattle is a truly amazing place to live. The city boasts great food, interesting public spaces and a multitude of activities to choose from. But most people can probably agree that it can sometimes be hard to break out of your normal routine and take advantage of what’s right at your fingertips. My wife E […]