May 242004

All done with the mini-vacation. The drive up the coast (San Diego to San Fran) in the convertible was quite nice, really could not have asked for better weather. As usual, the view on the coast highway was spectacular. One thing I really enjoyed was the olfactory experience of the convertible. Driving through you could smell people cooking breakfast, eucalyptus trees, sage, redwoods and cedars, the ocean, etc. Driving in a convertible is an experience, rather than just travel.

Mark was a gracious host and the trip out to the SF bay was great. It was an impressive fireworks show (kaboom), and well worth the trip.

Update: Photos of the trip are here.

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