My weeklong absence is due to several very busy work days followed by a trip out to Cailfornia for the wedding of my high-school friend's daughter, in Livermore. After two days there we are now spending several days in San Francisco, our favorite city.
The wedding went off without a hitch and the reception was held at the Deer Ridge Vineyard in Livermore, which was a lovely location. The cocktail hour was in the wine cellar surrounded by barrels of wine; the tables at dinner had a great view of the vineyards and the sunset.
What was also a pleasure was the weather. After experiencing only about four days of sunshine in the entire month of June back in New Jersey, we were thrilled to be able to actually sit outside in warm sunshine and take dips in the pool at our hotel.
The weather in San Francisco has been equally delightful - sunny every day with comfortable temperatures in the high 60s or low 70s. We've been spending our days doing all of our favorite things, wandering around the streets and stopping at various places for food and drink.
Since we haven't downloaded pictures yet I'll wait until the next post to post more details about our trip.
In the meantime, while we're enjoying a vacation, revolution is happening in Iran, politics goes on as usual, and life continues elsewhere. And of course, the fight for LGBT equality continues and is certainly in evidence here.
Rather than write further about this issue myself, I'd like you to go read an excellent post on the subject over at Travelingman Rick's. He sums it all up better than I ever could.
We'll be heading home on Tuesday and shortly thereafter I'll post pictures from vacation, followed by a long-delayed post by Baxter. He let me know before we left that he is Very Annoyed at not having gotten to post last week and I promised I'd make it up to him when we return!