Archive for December, 2010



Hey Seattle, you look pretty darn attractive from the top of the Space Needle. Advertisements



Hey Portland, you’re pretty awesome! I spent three nights there earlier in the week, and I really wished I’d stayed longer.  There’s not many “tourist attractions” per se; really I just spent most of my time wandering about when the weather was ok, and hanging out inside the ridiculous number of funky shops and cafes […]

Happy holidays!


So I guess I knew this intellectually, but wow, Americans do Christmas hard core.  There’s the rampant consumerism, of course, but I think that’s probably a given at this point.  I’ve been genuinely impressed, though, by the decorations!  Coming from a town where there are perpetual arguments in the local paper about bogans ruining everybody’s […]

The Bridge


It’s clearly against some kind of law to go to San Francisco and not see the Golden Gate Bridge.  I started at Crissy Field and walked towards the bridge… taking about a billion photos on the way.  The weather was not fantastic (stupid fog once again) but once I actually made it onto the bridge […]

The ocean!


Last week while recovering from my Stomach Bug of Death I took the metro all the way out to the last stop before the Pacific, Ocean Beach.  The weather was pretty horrible: damp and foggy, but it’s always nice to walk on a beach (even if you can’t actually see much of it). I walked […]

I very nearly gave up on this place.  It’s a natural history museum within Golden Gate Park, which is located a bit of a distance away from my hotel.  But I set out on Wednesday morning, resolute, armed with an umbrella because it was pissing down.  My first mistake was not writing down the directions […]



On Tuesday I made it out to Alcatraz, the infamous (? I guess?) prison perched on a rock smack bang in the middle of San Francisco Bay.  It was a beautiful day in our nation’s… wait, no, wrong continent.  It was a beautiful day in SF and I made my merry way down to the […]