Greetings from San Fran!
It's the first time I've been back here since I was ten (? maybe?), staying with my aunt and uncle in their truly lovely home.
Highlights of the trip so far include:
tour of Genentech, many thanks to Uncle Al who's a patent attorney there-
ohmygosh, if I were to be a biochemist (or change my major to biochemistry...have been playing around with that idea lately...), this would probably be my dream job. Great facilities, huge company, awesome atmosphere, fabulous cafeteria (very important when selecting a job). Becky pretty much summed up that experience, "This is like Disneyland for Katie." Wooo!!!!
beautiful, awe-inspiring redwood forest. It was absolutely incredible. I'd rank it up there with Niagara Falls as random-outdoors-place-that-I-thought-would-be-way-overrated-but-surpasses-all-the-hype.
Fisherman's Wharf and Ghirardelli Square-
fun shopping, quaint atmosphere (at least the square was), and I ate a chocolate cupcake with coconut cream cheese icing (felt very Rockstar Diaries-esque).
We also drove past the "Full House" house, took photos of the cute Victorian houses, drove on Haight and Ashbury, shopped at Nordstorm Rack, went to the Academy of Science, Bay cruise, and walked on the Golden Gate Bridge.
This summer I've really been blessed to travel and see all kinds of fascinating places, whether it was Jared's mansion cabin in Island Park, Washington, DC, Burbank with friends, Philadelphia, the Sacred Grove, New York City, Boston, Indianapolis, Kirtland, Nauvoo, Independence, etc. And it doesn't end there. We'll be headed back to Burbank next week, I'm doing a roadtrip to Cedar City with some friends the weekend I get back, might possibly be going to Vegas, and will be going to Irvine, CA...all before school starts.
I may not have gotten to go to Europe this summer, but I feel really grateful for the opportunities I've had to travel throughout the country, literally coast to coast.