GBTA 2013 Convention in San Diego! (Global Business Travel Association)

GBTA 2013 Convention in San Diego! (Global Business Travel Association)

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NOTE: For ThrowbackThursday and FlashbackFriday we found this Blog draft. We laid out all the type and captions back in 2013 and never added the pics or details. So we went to the files for collateral from the convention, found old travel picture files on our other laptop for pictures that were never seen and also went hunting for the pics that we had already downloaded or posted, then we filled in all the details we could remember and constructed this Blog! And even though the event happened in 2013 we still hope you will enjoy this Blog for TravelTuesday in 2017!

We were invited to attend the GBTA 2013 Convention as a “Hosted Buyer”, but we had prior commitments and could only attend the first and second day of the event. So we made a one-night hotel reservation and arranged to attend the “preview day” on Sunday and the first day on Monday.

GBTA 2013 Convention Schedule for Sunday and Monday:
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Road Trip to San Diego! – Ride along with me!

It was a foggy Sunday morning when we woke up very early and hit the road to San Diego. We left the San Fernando Valley at 7am to avoid traffic and drove south on the 405 and 5 freeways for about three hours. We were successful and drove fast (we also took pictures as we went) but other drivers were driving really fast! We were really amazed at the speed of some of the cars passing us at very high speeds like we were parked.

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GBTA 2013! – On The Road to San Diego (405 freeway south to 5 freeway south)

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GBTA 2013! – Downtown San Diego

Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown San Diego (A Hilton Hotel)

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GBTA 2013! – Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown San Diego

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GBTA 2013! – Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown San Diego Atrium & Skylight

We arrived in San Diego and found our hotel, the Embassy Suites Downtown, sometime after 9am. We found metered street parking two blocks away from the hotel which was FREE and available because it was Sunday. We walked over to the hotel, had breakfast at the complimentary buffet and got an early check in.

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GBTA 2013! – Breakfast Buffet at the Embassy Suites Hotel Downtown San Diego

We went up to the room, checked it out and dropped our luggage. We set up the laptop, hooked into the hotel’s wi-fi and did our morning business via the internet and cell phone.

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After a short time in the room, we walked over to the Hyatt Regency and caught the Free Shuttle to the Convention Center.

Sunday was a “preview” day, so it was not very crowded, just busy. There were a lot of people checking in and the vendors and staff were making preparations for the week ahead. The Exhibition Hall didn’t open until Monday, but we were invited to the “First-Timers” lunch and the Welcome Party at the Hilton on Sunday evening.

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GBTA 2013! Global Business Travel Association Convention in San Diego

We rode the shuttle to the Convention Center, walked to Check-In, checked in and got our credentials, and then we walked to the “first timers” lunch in an adjacent meeting hall.

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GBTA 2013! – San Diego Convention Center

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GBTA 2013! – “First Timers” Lunch, Orientation and Welcome

On The Menu: Turkey sandwich with mozzarella cheese balls, lettuce & tomato and a slice of apple pie with iced tea, water and coffee

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After lunch, we attended the “Going Global” session, walked around the Convention Center and then we walked to the shuttle pickup point, rode the shuttle back to the Hyatt and then walked back to our hotel. We cleaned up and enjoyed a free cocktail and complimentary appetizers at the Embassy Suites’ afternoon Happy Hour downstairs.

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GBTA 2013 Welcome Reception Party Buffet at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront

After the Happy Hour we drove over to the Hilton Bayfront Hotel and paid $15 to park for the Welcome Reception and Party on the Great Lawn which runs along the Marina.  An outdoor evening buffet for 7000 people or so, with beer/wine and magaritas at the bar.

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GBTA 2013! – Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego

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GBTA 2013! – Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego

NOTE: It was a huge convention! Every hotel in San Diego remotely close to the Convention Center was at capacity and filled with Travel Agents, Vendors, Travel Writers and other attendees from all over the United States and other parts of the world. We commented on the size of the crowd to a staff person at the Convention Center and they just laughed because Comic-Con had been in town the week before and the size of GBTA convention wasn’t even close to the overflow crowd for Comic-Con.

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GBTA 2013 Welcome Reception Party on the Great Lawn – the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego

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GBTA 2103 Welcome Reception Party on the Great Lawn – the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego

On The Menu at the Welcome Reception Party Buffet at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront:
Buffalo chicken meatballs, lamb meatballs in a tomato sauce, pasta in lobster sauce, pita chips and a bunch of types of hummus, prime rib sliders with cheese, chicken potstickers, veggie potstickers, pork potstickers, other stuff too, and then on to the dessert table! Nice truffle selection, chocolate covered strawberries, candy lollipops in a bunch of weird flavors and mini-pastries…

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GBTA 2013! – Sunset Over A Sea of Travel Industry at the Hilton Bayfront Hotel in San Diego

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We walked to over to Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant for the next party. It was a long “Las Vegas” walk just after dark along the Marina and Bayfront to get to Roy’s, but it was worth it! We immediately regretted eating at the Welcome Party Buffet, because there was an amazing assortment of incredible food at Roy’s!

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GBTA 2013! – The Kitchen at Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion Restaurant in San Diego

There were all kinds of sushi and cut rolls, egg rolls, chicken and beef satay skewers, Hawaiian style ribs, other tasty appetizers and finger foods, fresh fruit and a lot of fancy desserts. We ate and drank and networked until it got too crowded inside the large restaurant and we didn’t take any pictures (except the one of the kitchen above). We left the party early and took a little food “to go” for later at the hotel. We didn’t want to do anymore walking or make the long dark walk back to the Hilton parking structure, so we negotiated with a pedal cab guy and survived a really fast and wild nighttime ride back to the hotel along the Bayfront for $10+tip.

We walked to our car and drove back to the Embassy Suites. We valet parked our car at the hotel and retired to our hotel room. We did some work, ate the “to go” food (ribs, sushi and little chocolate balls) after midnight and went to bed.

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Monday morning, we were up early and we enjoyed the Embassy Suites’ breakfast buffet again. We took the food up to the room, ate and did some more work, and then packed up our stuff, went downstairs and had a second breakfast. After eating again we got our stuff and checked out of the hotel. We picked up the car from the valet, drove to over the Convention Center and paid to park there. Parking was $15 for all day until midnight.

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GBTA 2013! – Embassy Suites Hotel Breakfast Buffet (in the room)

We arrived in time and got a pretty good seat for the Keynote Address and Lunch for 6000 people with a presentation and performance by singer/songwriter Jewel. All of the front area tables were “Reserved” so we took a seat at a forward table in the first section behind the front area. The hall at the Convention Center was massive! Lunch for 6000 is not an easy task!

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GBTA 2013 Keynote Lunch with Jewel at the San Diego Convention Center

Monday’s GBTA 2013 Keynote Speaker Jewel performs
“Who Will Save Your Soul” live at the San Diego Convention Center

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On The Menu: iceberg lettuce salad, bread & butter, stuffed chicken breast with pesto sauce, vegetables, a fruit tart dessert and iced tea.

After lunch they opened the massive Exposition Hall which ran the entire length of the Convention Center and was filled with Vendors and Suppliers. There were also Vendor meetings scheduled for the afternoon. We walked a portion of the Exhibition Hall, collected brochures/information/swag and received invitations to events later on that evening and later in the week. It would have been impossible to cover the whole Exhibition Hall in one day, so we didn’t try. Instead we did what we could between 3-6pm and dropped all the promotional material in our car before beginning the evening activities.

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GBTA 2013! – The Gaslamp District Sign in San Diego

The Gaslamp District!
The Historic Heart of San Diego is located across the street and train tracks from the Convention Center. Bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels and plenty of gift shops are within easy walking distance (unless you’ve already walked all day).

Let’s get this party started!
We were invited to eight different parties happening at different locations around the Gaslamp District and the Bayfront near the Convention Center.

Monday Party # 1 – Sunset cocktails and dinner at the Altitude Lounge

Our first invitation was for a party at the Altitude Lounge on top of the Marriott Gaslamp Hotel. We walked over to the Marriott Hotel next door to the Convention Center, but it was the wrong Marriott. So then we walked over to the Gaslamp District and found the right hotel. We ate and drank and watched the sunset from the rooftop patio.

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Excellent view of San Diego and Mission Bay from the outdoor patio!

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GBTA 2013! View from the Altitude Lounge in San Diego

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GBTA 2013! – View of Petco Park from the Altitude Lounge in San Diego

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GBTA 2013! – Sunset in San Diego from the Altitude Lounge

On The Menu: tray passed appetizers and a buffet with eggrolls, beef on toast, beef and chicken satay, tuna on wonton crisp, crab on cracker, pita bread and hummus and more… catered by Flemings Steakhouse!

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Monday Party #2 –
We crashed The Parking Spot Party at Lou & Mickey’s at the Gaslamp

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GBTA 2013! – The Parking Spot Party at Lou & Mickey’s at the Gaslamp

We left the party and walked across the street and crashed The Parking Spot’s party at Lou & Mickey’s restaurant. We ate and drank and met the nice folks from The Parking Spot and told them we crashed their party. They didn’t mind. Their party ended early, and the place emptied as the crowd left for other parties that were just getting started.

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Monday Party #3 – GBTA 2013 “AMPED” Party at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego!

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GBTA 2013! – Stevie Ray Vaughn’s Guitar at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

We walked over to our next event: the AMPED party at the Hard Rock Hotel! We ate and drank and met a bunch of really nice people. It started slow but soon the crowd at the main bar was five people deep, the music was rockin’ and it got pretty hopping.

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This party was on a very large rooftop patio, with several permanent bars, a couch area with fire pits and portable heaters, several floating bars and a bunch of buffet stations with a great selection of food. There was good music, of course, and a stage was set up for performance, but it didn’t get used until later. There was even a photo booth for taking pictures with silly wigs, hats and props.

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GBTA 2013! – Buffet Station at the AMPED Party at the Hard Rock Hotel

We asked permission before taking these pics of one of the Go-Go Dancers on a raised pedestal (there were several). She said “Go ahead, I don’t see why not” and posed for the first one. And she was a fantastic dancer too!

Monday Party #4 – Level Skye Club at the Andaz Hotel in San Diego!

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GBTA 2013! – The Bar at Level Skye Club at the Andaz Hotel in San Diego

We had one more party to check out or we would have just stayed at the Hard Rock, instead we left the hotel and walked over to Level Skye Club at the Andaz Hotel. We walked a lot and we were wearing our dress shoes, so by the end of the night our feet were really hurting. We were also tired from a long day at the convention and a long night of partying.
When we got to the club the upstairs was deceptively quiet because downstairs in the basement it was raging! The party at Level Skye was really “off-the-hook” with funky dance music and lots of light and a lot of drunk travel agents. Travel industry people love to party! Thanks American Express!

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GBTA 2013! – Big Party at Level Skye Club in the Andaz Hotel Basement in San Diego

We didn’t eat or drink anything alcoholic because we still had to walk back to the car and drive home to Los Angeles. So, Monday late night we walked back to the car on sore feet before they closed the Convention Center Garage for the night (at midnight).

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GBTA 2013! – San Diego Convention Center Parking ($15 all day – closes at midnight)

We drove back to Los Angeles on the 5 freeway north after midnight and hit a impossible “Stop-and-Go” traffic jam along the way because of construction at 2am in the morning.

When we finally made it home after 3am, we unloaded the car and crashed hard. We had a really good time, did a lot of business and networking, saw Jewel play live music, enjoyed our “budget” stay at the Embassy Suites, and ate and drank and danced and partied in San Diego for two days.

NOTE: We did a lot of walking, a whole lot of walking in our dress shoes, so next time we bring and wear more comfortable walking shoes.

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GBTA 2013! – San Diego Convention Center Stairs at Night

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GBTA 2013! – We did not attend GBTA 2014 in Los Angeles

FINAL NOTE: We finished this Blog and hit “PUBLISH” and it did not. WordPress lost the Blog and the draft(s) totally disappeared! We had to use Google Cache to rescue it and then we had to start over and rebuild the original Blog again. Total waste of time. There is a flaw (BUG) in the wordpress program, because when we went looking for help we found that this has happened to other people as well. So, please ENJOY THIS BLOG, a lot of time went into it.



 

UPDATED Wednesday March 29, 2017 – We posted this Blog yesterday!

We collected a bunch of FREE stuff in the short time we were there, two bags full of stuff actually! Most was promotional “paper”: sell sheets, pamphlets, maps and brochures. But there was some fun giveaway stuff and cool “incentives” for visiting certain booths.

We were given a “Swag” bag at check-in provided/sponsored by Delta and the padded bag was very nice. We recently found it in Storage (see our previous Blog about Storage) and we are now using it as a laptop bag.

UPDATED April 5, 2017 – TRAVEL TIP!
We found these “hospitality cards” (restaurant and bar coupons, freebies, come-ons, etc.) from the San Diego trip. We had so much FREE food and drink and were only in town for one night, so we didn’t use any of them. They can be found at the Concierge Desk at the San Diego Convention Center (and these are just a few of the ones available).

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Hospitality Cards (Restaurant and Bar Coupons, Freebies, Come-Ons, etc.)

Throwback Thursday – Flashback Friday again.

Throwback Thursday! Flashback Friday!

Feeling grateful as I look at old photographs. Remembering the many trips and vacations I was fortunate to take and the wonderful places I visited growing up. Here are just a few:

First time at Disneyland! In the Dome of the Monorail with cousin Danny 1970

First time at Disneyland! In the Dome of the Monorail with cousin Danny 1970

Every year, Grandma would take all the grandkids to Anaheim for 2 days at Disneyland and a night at the Disneyland Hotel. Grandma also took me on many trips: Glacier National Park, Montana, Niagara Falls, Seattle, Vancouver, Edmonton and all across Canada, London and Scotland. And of course Chicago and New York City:

New York City and Liberty Island with Grandma!

New York City and Liberty Island with Grandma!

I also traveled a lot with my family. Vacations to New York, Washington D.C., Virginia and Philadelphia in 1976 during the nation’s Bicentennial; Hawaii, Big Sur, Yosemite and Sequoia national parks, Lake Tahoe and northern California, San Diego, the Grand Canyon and “Four Corners”, Chicago, Kenosha, a very weird Thanksgiving in Arizona, Mammoth, Palm Springs (where my Grandparents retired), Park City, Utah and even Las Vegas.

Skeet shooting at the Greenhorn ranch

Skeet shooting at the Greenhorn Ranch in Northern California!

Scuba diving in Hawaii!

Scuba diving in Kona on the Big Island Hawaii!

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Hiking in Big Sur, California 1975

Camping in Yosemite

Camping in Yosemite & Sequoia National Parks

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ~ Mark Twain

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Is it expensive to island hop in Hawaii? In a word: YES.

Q: Is it expensive to island hop? My fiance and I are coming to the big island for a work trip for 3 days and are looking to extend our trip a couple days. Is it expensive to fly from the big island to Maui? ~ Katie C., Huntington Beach, CA

A: Yes Katie, it is expensive to island hop in Hawaii.

Consider not only the cost in money (airfare, bag fees, transfers, tips, etc.), but in time. Inter-Island travel time is short, but you’ll lose a day at the airport, getting a rental car and checking in to a new hotel.

There’s so much to do on the The Big Island Hawaii:

Watch the sunrise/sunset from the top of Mauna Kea. You can go skiing if there’s snow (and then head for the beach afterwards).

Spend a whole day at Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park! Visit the Kīlauea Volcano. Try a tasting at the Volcano Winery, buy a bottle of wine and drive through the lava fields to where the molten lava spills into the ocean. Have dinner at Hawaii Volcano House Hotel and/or stay overnight with a view of the crater.

 Kilauea meets the sea. Volcanoes National Park - Big Island Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Kilauea meets the sea. Volcanoes National Park – Big Island Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Drive around the island and visit the green sand beaches at South Point in Kalae, the southern most point in the United States. There are lots of places to stop, eat and shop along the way.

Hike Akaka Falls State Park home of two majestic waterfalls and lush tropical gardens. Visit Rainbow Falls and see historic Hilo.

Rainbow Falls - Hilo, Hawaii (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Rainbow Falls – Hilo, Hawaii (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Snorkel Keauhou Bay and and other spots along the Kona coast, you might get to swim with endangered sea turtles.

Visit the Waipio Valley and “cowboy country”. Have a steak dinner. Go horseback riding. There are lots of places to visit, eat, shop, etc.

Snorkel Honaunau Bay and visit Pu’uhonua O Honaunau Park.

Take a snorkel cruise to the Captain Cook Monument or go whale/dolphin/manta ray watching. Go to a Luau w/dinner & entertainment.

A beautiful Waikoloa sunset on the Big Island of Hawaii (copyright 2010 Joshua Weisel)

A beautiful Waikoloa sunset on the Big Island of Hawaii (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Visit some of the other amazing Resort Hotels! Hilton Waikoloa Village, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu, etc. See Petroglyphs, tropical gardens, art, etc. for free.

These are just a few suggestions, there is so much to do and see on the Big Island Hawaii (you wouldn’t be able to do it all in three days if you weren’t working) that isn’t on this list. And of course, take time to just relax and DO NOTHING. Lay on the beach or by the pool and sip umbrella drinks, that’s an essential part of the Hawaiian experience.

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UCSC – 50 Years Old Today!

“In these lovely surroundings will be built the University of California, Santa Cruz, a new kind of university campus powered by new ideas that are already attracting the attention of the academic world.” ~UC President Clark Kerr, April 17, 1964

University of California, Santa Cruz

University of California, Santa Cruz

On April 17, 1964, nearly 2,000 people gathered to witness the dedication of UC Santa Cruz—the UC system’s newest campus. UC President Clark Kerr was on hand, along with founding UCSC chancellor Dean McHenry, then-Gov. Edmund G. “Pat” Brown, state senators, city and county officials, and many UC Regents.

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It’s been over 30 years since I made my first trip to Santa Cruz!

Take Highway 17 from San Jose through the Santa Cruz Mountains to the Pacific Ocean

Highway 17 to Santa Cruz! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Highway 17 to Santa Cruz! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Take Highway 1 along the coast from Half Moon Bay, Pacifica and San Francisco in the north or Monterey Bay, Big Sur, Castroville and Watsonville in the south

Pacific Ocean from Highway 1 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Pacific Ocean from Highway 1 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Monterey Bay from UC Santa Cruz

Monterey Bay from UC Santa Cruz (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

University of California, Santa Cruz Barn Theater - Santa Cruz, CA

University of California, Santa Cruz Barn Theater – Santa Cruz, CA

 

McHenry Library at UC Santa Cruz (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

McHenry Library at UC Santa Cruz (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

"The Art of the Grateful Dead"

McHenry Library – Grateful Dead Special Collections (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

 

This Old House, Santa Cruz, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

This Old House, Santa Cruz, California (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

 

Fiat Slug!

University of California, Santa Cruz Alumni Association

University of California, Santa Cruz

UCSC's Mascot Sammy the Slug!

UCSC’s Mascot Sammy the Slug!

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25-JUL-13: This Old House, Santa Cruz, California

This Old House, Santa Cruz, California

This Old House, Santa Cruz, California

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I used to live here in the mid 80’s. Took this pic last week and the house looks pretty much the same.

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19-JUL-13: San Francisco from the Bay Bridge

San Francisco from the Bay Bridge

San Francisco from the Bay Bridge

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“Do you know the way to San Jose?” – The Reunion Roadtrip!

NOTE: This Blog was originally written as a virtual “Road Trip” to San Jose! There are many pictures of the journey north from Los Angeles to the Bay Area in California. We tried to capture the essence of the drive along with some good images. Please enjoy this Blog! Updated 20 May 2016

“Do you know the way to San Jose?”

Take a little trip with me at 70+ mph from L.A. to San Jose!

The Office – Friday 1:45pm

Ready? Had a few errands to run and then had to stop by the office in Studio City.

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Go!…Friday afternoon traffic leaving L.A. at 2pm.

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Friday Traffic on the 101 Freeway north (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The Open Road at the Camarillo Grade

Camarillo Grade (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Camarillo Grade (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The invitation came via facebook:  Annie (belated) Birthday Party and a Reunion of Old College (UCSC) Friends at Ber’s House in San Jose.  Okay then, ROADTRIP!

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It’s about the same distance from Los Angeles to San Jose on the 5 or the 101 freeway, but the 101 is much nicer during the day if you can time it right and avoid the traffic.  I was tied up at the office for about an hour, and got a later start than I wanted.  There was some afternoon traffic leaving the valley, but once I was passed the Camarillo grade it was a smooth ride and an absolutely beautiful day for a long drive.

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Ventura (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Great ocean views and blue skies from Ventura to Lompoc!

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101 north to San Francisco (Ventura, CA)

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It’s a beautiful day for a drive up the coast.

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Carpinteria (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Isla Vista, Goleta, Santa Barbara (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Airstream! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Gaviota 3:45pm

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Rest Area in Lompoc (it was full and there was no parking available so I didn’t stop)

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Turning inland and driving through the Lompoc tunnel.  Speedtrap ahead!  Watch out for the CHP and Buellton Police as you travel downhill!

Lompoc Tunnel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lompoc Tunnel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lompoc Tunnel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lompoc Tunnel (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Vandenburg Airforce Base, Lompoc (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Buellton Speedtrap! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Road Construction – one lane ahead (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Lompoc, Buellton, Solvang and Chumash Reservation (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Lompoc, Buellton, Solvang and Chumash Reservation (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Pismo Beach (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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San Luis Obispo (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Madonna Inn (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Cuesta Pass (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Atascadero (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Just a perfect day for a drive.

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Cambria (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Rest Stop (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Rest Stop 5:45pm

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Rest Stop – 101 Adjacent (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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On the road again…

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Horses (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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California River Aqueduct (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Los Lobos! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Wine Country (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Moving! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Moving! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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San Lucas and King City (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Getting some nice vistas as the sun begins to go down!

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Speed Limit 70mph (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Wild Horse! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

“I can’t drive 55!” (and I don’t have to)

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70+ Miles Per Hour (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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King City (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Greenfield  Speedtrap! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Soledad (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Taco Bell – Soledad, California 6:45pm

Normally I don’t eat “fast food”, but i didn’t have lunch so I was starving.  Stopped and got a combo burrito, a bean and cheese burrito, and a Dr. Pepper then back on the road.  Watch out for the local police “speedtrap” and “stop sign” taxing the tourists on your way back to the freeway!

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101 North (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunburst! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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It got cloudy along the way for almost 5 minutes near Laguna Seca…

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Laguna Seca (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

The way to San Jose!

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101 north – Monterey turnoff (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Oversized Load! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Oversized Load! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Castroville, Monterey, Watsonville and Santa Cruz (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Car dealership along the 101 (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Crazy Horse! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Nice vista, but the camera didn’t get it… (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Gilroy (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Gilroy (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunset (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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San Jose! 7:45pm

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San Jose city limit (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunset skies in San Jose (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunset in San Jose (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Enough with the driving already!  (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Enough with the driving already! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Power station (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Sunset in San Jose (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Next Exit: 101 – 280 – 680 junction (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Final approach (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Fill’er Up!  Valero Gas Station in San Jose (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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San Jose! Friday 7:30pm – You have arrived.  397 miles.  6 hours later.

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Let’s Eat! – Dinner at IHOP in San Jose:

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Chicken & Waffles w/country gravy & maple syrup (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

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Saturday – Ann’s Belated Birthday and Reunion Party with old college friends at Ber’s House in San Jose.  Afternoon BBQ and festivities into the night!

Annie's Birthday Cake! Santa Cruz Gang Reunion Party!

Annie’s Birthday Cake! Santa Cruz Gang Reunion Party!

Santa Cruz Gang Reunion 2013

Santa Cruz Gang Reunion 2013

Sunday – Woke up early and drove to Santa Cruz, my phone’s battery drained and the car charger didn’t work to recharge it.  It was another beautiful day and I drove back through Monterey to the 101 and home to Los Angeles.  I saw some amazing things but unfortunately there are no pics.

Highway 17 to Santa Cruz! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

Highway 17 to Santa Cruz! (copyright 2013 JoshWillTravel)

I hope you enjoyed the ride!  It was a fun weekend.  I haven’t done a real roadtrip like this one in a long time, and there were no problems once I got past the traffic leaving Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.  Only paid for gas and food, because lodging was staying with friends, so it was relatively inexpensive.  I can’t say I would want to do it every week, but once in awhile when the weather’s nice, it’s a great California vacation!

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08-MAY-13: Shakespeare Santa Cruz

Shakespeare Santa Cruz (at the University of California, Santa Cruz)

Founded in 1981, Shakespeare Santa Cruz (SSC) is a professional repertory company operating in cooperation with the Theater Arts Department in the Arts Division at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC).  The support of the Arts Division and the work of the Theater Arts faculty, students, and staff play an important in shaping the SSC aesthetic.  Through this partnership, SSC has attained a national reputation for linking the best in contemporary scholarship with the highest artistic standards of production and the exciting possibilities of repertory performance.  In addition, SSC and the UCSC Theater Arts Department collaborate directly on two projects each season – the Shakespeare to Go touring program that brings Shakespeare to over 7000 students annually, and the annual holiday show.

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Shakespeare Santa Cruz 1986 Season

The 2013 Summer Season in the Glen at UCSC Performing Arts July 23 – September 1: The Taming of the Shrew, Henry V, Tom Jones the Fringe Show!   

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One for the Road/The Lover (a collaborative production with Shakespeare Santa Cruz starring Paul Whitworth, Mike Ryan and Julie James) is currently running at the Center Stage Theater in Santa Cruz. http://www.jeweltheatre.net/

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University of California, Santa Cruz Barn Theater – Santa Cruz, California

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University of California, Santa Cruz Performing Arts Map 2012

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UPDATE: November 13, 2015 – Summer 2013 was the last season of Shakespeare Santa Cruz. The University foolishly decided to withdraw funding and cancel the partnership of 30+ years. A tremendous effort was made to save the program and it was renamed Santa Cruz Shakespeare an independent non-profit currently prepping it’s 3rd season. https://www.santacruzshakespeare.org



The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco!

The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, California

Turn on the “Way-Back” machine!

My Grandmother (of blessed memory) and my sister in San Francisco, circa 1977.

The Palace of Fine Arts in the Marina District of San Francisco is a monumental structure originally constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition.

Palace of Fine Arts - San Francisco, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

Palace of Fine Arts – San Francisco, circa 1977 (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

In 1964 the original Palace was completely demolished, with only the steel structure of the exhibit hall left standing. The buildings were then reconstructed in permanent, light-weight, poured-in-place concrete, and steel I-beams were hoisted into place for the dome of the rotunda. All the decorations and sculpture were constructed anew. The only changes were the absence of the murals in the dome, two end pylons of the colonnade, and the original ornamentation of the exhibit hall.

 

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12-MAR-13: Golden Gate Bridge in the Fog

Taken from the Marin side.

San Francisco, open your golden gate!

Golden Gate Bridge in the Fog - San Francisco, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

Golden Gate Bridge in the Fog taken from the Marin side – San Francisco, California (copyright 2011 JoshWillTravel)

San Francisco, here is your wandering one
Saying I’ll wander no more
Other places only make me love you best
Tell me you’re the heart of all the golden west

San Francisco, welcome me home again
I’m coming home to go roaming no more!

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