San Francisco Bay Area Trip

1 November 2008

Lately, I haven’t had a chance to update my blog as often as I used to. I am not sure if there still be anyone following my post here anymore. Anyway, I decided to write a short journal of my recent trip to San Francisco Bay area here for the sake of memory.

From October 18 to October 22, 2008, I had a chance to visit San Francisco Bay area for the first time. My friend from Thailand came for a conference in Mountain View, California and he invited me to be his guest at the conference. It was a good chance for me to fly from Portland to San Francisco and traveled around the city and then met up with my friend for the conference. I spent the weekend in San Francisco, visiting various famous spots of the city including the Golden Gate Bridge, the famous Fisherman’s Wharf, Pier 39 (where you could watch tonnes of sea lions on the pier), Coit tower, Lombard street (the crookedest street in the world) and the Palace of Fine Arts. I also had a chance to visit Stanford University in Palo Alto and the NASA Ames Research center in Mountain View. All in all, it’s an enjoyable and memorable trip.

Below is the video I took at Pier 39. You may notice the noise of those sea lions.

I also included the gallery of photos of my trip here as well.


Merry Christmas 2007 – My Road Trip to Southern Oregon.

25 December 2007
Sunny in Sunny Valley

 

I have just been back from a 4-day road trip to the Southern Oregon during Christmas weekend. I and my friends hit the road early on Saturday morning and drove along the Pacific Ocean scenic route. We drove some 170 miles south of Portland and spent a night camping by the beach in a camp ground near the city of Coos Bay. On our second day, we drove a short way by the ocean to the town of Bandon and decided to go East via Roseburg and headed to Crater Lake National Park in the middle of the State of Oregon. Here, it’s the start of Umpqua-Rogue rivers scenic route, another beautiful drive in Oregon. We ended our second day at the little town called Prospect (with 350 total population) at the historical hotel of the town. On Christmas Eve, we finally arrived at Crater Lake. Unfortunately, the road to the lake was closed because of the heavy snow the previous night. Anyway, we had a good view of the surrounding area around the national park. We went further South to the city of Medford near the border of the state of California and Oregon. We stayed the night and celebrated our Christmas Eve there. We headed back to Portland on Christmas day. We spotted a small town called Sunny Valley on our way back and we thought it was a good idea to check it out. At least, I had a shot with the street sign resembled my name. Yeah, it’s Sunny in Sunny Valley. We paid a visit to my friend’s friend in Eugene and arrived back safe and sound to Portland. This concluded our enjoyable Christmas road trip.

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone!


From PDX to LAX

7 December 2007

Yesterday, I began my winter break journey by flying from Portland International Airport (PDX) to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). The 2-hour flight went well except that the departure time was delayed by 2 hours because of heavy air traffic. Eventually, I arrived at the hostel in Hollywood, where I would stay for a week, around 11 PM. It was raining lightly so I decided to take a hot shower and go to bed. I will head out and explore the neighborhood today. It is interesting to walk along the well-known Hollywood Walk of Fame and check out the stars on the street.

 

It’s time to hit the road. I will update my blog here when I get back. Stay tune.