Exploratorium in San Francisco and Capitol in Denver

We’re experiencing our first snow in about a year. We flew to Denver Thursday, and it snowed that evening. Friday morning we wore several layers and walked the 1.3 miles from our Capitol Hill apartment to the state capitol only to find the state legislators had called a snow day. We had been looking forward…

California Academy of Sciences

We’re a flurry of activity as our time in San Francisco winds to a close. Today we walked to the California Academy of Sciences – a really neat natural history museum which also has a rainforest, aquarium, and live penguins which we watched being fed. We saw the planetarium show Cosmic Collisions which was excellent,…

Santa Clara Travel Show

We left the house at 7:40 am today and now at nearly 6 pm are on a bus about a half hour from home. I figured out how to use my cell phone as a hotspot and am typing this on the iPad. We went to the Santa Clara Convention Center today – nearly five…

Japanese Tea Garden, WWII History Lesson

Did you know the WWII peace treaty between the US and Japan was signed in San Francisco in 1951? We read that information today on a sign at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. I remember seeing a photo of MacArthur and a number of Naval officers watching the Japanese foreign minister sign…

Mountain View – Computer History Museum & Google

We took a half-hour bus ride to the Caltrain station this morning and then a 42-minute, express train to Mountain View before getting on a free (Google-sponsored) shuttle bus for a few minutes and arriving at the Computer History Museum. The exhibits are really neat and include not only a UNIVAC and an ENIAC but…

UC Berkeley

The college students returned to campus this week, so we did, too. Charlie has been wanting to go up in Sather Tower, a campanile (bell and clock tower); but it’s mostly only open when school is in session. It costs a couple dollars per person to go up to the observation deck at 200 feet;…