Saturday, October 07, 2006

Vacation Day 4 - Tiburon/Sausalito/Big Sur

We woke up, packed up and left our friends Kenneth and Abby in Petaluma and headed south: first stop Tiburon.

"Keep in touch" is something I do. Leonard Sellers and I were in the same class in graduate school in Communication Research at Stanford University, in the early 1970s. When I took a position with Stratify (formerly PurpleYogi), a Silicon Valley startup, in 2000-2001, I looked Leonard up. I found him in the top house on the left in Sausalito, sharing his life with a beautiful woman named Connie. Leonard served as a professor at San Francisco State University, retired, and had success since then as an entrepreneur. He continues to challenge himself. I like that.

Leonard & Connie, 2001

Leonard and Connie are in the punch-list stage of building a new home in Tiburon. Among other features, their home has a view.

Liis has heard stories from the old days about Leonard, but this is the first time she met him.

Leonard & Liis

When we visited, Connie was working, so we didn't see her, on this trip.

Beautiful downtown Tiburon

Leonard took us to lunch at Sam's Anchor Cafe, (established in 1920) in Tiburon.

We left Tiburon bound and determined to highball it down the highway to Big Sur before sunset. But we could not resist a stop in Sausalito, for a Starbucks for Liis, a maple-nut scone for me and a photograph of the beautiful city by the bay.

We arrived in Big Sur, in the late afternoon, and checked into the Glen Oaks Motel. It's been my preferred accommodation in Big Sur for years, because it's simple, rustic, clean and inexpensive. To my surprise, they've increased their prices, so I think this will be our last stay there. It's still very reasonable, for the area, but the new prices are in the same range as the nearby Ripplewood Resort and the Big Sur River Inn, both with additional features. Next year, we'll try one of those.

After checking into our motel, we went directly to the bar at the Sierra Mar Restaurant at the Big Sur's Post Ranch Inn, arriving before dark.

Our bartender at Sierra Mar, Alicia, is a new employee. She is studying to be a sommelier, so she and Liis had a lively discussion about wines and sommelier training.

After our drink, we proceeded to the delightful Big Sur Bakery, one of our favorite restaurants in Big Sur, for dinner.

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