Two things here — first, I took Austin on his first real camping trip. Sure, we’ve camped in tents in the backyard, but never in the wild. Jen’s brother Ryan moved to Hawaii to work and play and he wanted a last camping trip in the Utah mountain before he took off. Jen’s dad, two brothers, me, and Austin all went up the Skyline Drive behind Bountiful and camped at a nice dispersed camping spot on the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache NF. Following a brief hike up to a near-by summit, we were treated to an awesome sunset. It was a perfect night for camping.
Secondly, Jen and I have this silly idea that we want to have each of our children take their first flight before they go to junior high. We don’t have any logic behind this idea, but thought it would be fun. We figured we’d take eventual overnight trips with our kids to Boise, or Denver, or Phoenix, or something. At this point, two of our kids have flown, and they were more significant trips. We took Leah to Washington, D.C., while I attended a meeting at my agency’s headquarters. A few weeks ago we took Abby to San Francisco while I attended a meeting at Google’s campus in Mountain View. We actually flew into San Jose since it’s just a few miles away from Google’s campus.
My meetings began on a Monday morning at 7:45, so we flew on Sunday morning and got to California in time to attend part of church in the same congregation Jen attended as a child in Sunnyvale. We enjoyed taking Abby around to Jen’s old neighborhood and the two houses she lived in as a kid. That afternoon we drove the 45 minutes up to San Francisco to meet my brother who works in the Bay Area. We walked around and viewed some of the touristy sites, such as Pier 39, Fisherman’s Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. It was really nice to be able to see Adam and walk around with him. I hadn’t been to San Francisco in 10 years, so it was great to be there again.
I spent Monday – Wednesday holed up on Google’s Campus in meetings and learning about Earth Engine, some totally smoking technology that allows us to process and analyze satellite imagery in ways we couldn’t before due to cloud computing. Enough about that — just know that professionally, I was pretty jazzed about the group of people I associated with, the tools we talked about, and the potential for our work in the agency.
While I was being jazzed, Abby and Jen toured San Francisco again and also spent half a day in Santa Cruz. Had I been at a more lame meeting, I would have been bummed to have missed out on their sightseeing. As it was, I think we were all happy to be where we were.