May San Francisco Trip Part 2

…this is continued from part one of my May San Francisco trip…

..So the bouncer waved me up a dingy set of stairs to a loft area above the bustling brewery below. Up in the loft I found a space about 50 x 80 with a long bar, lots of comfy low chairs and couches and lots of kitschy hippie-esque stuff adorning the walls and environs. A mellow non-vocal jazz band was grooing away in the far corner. “What a cool taproom!” I thought. I sat down at the bar and ordered their flagship beer, Lagunitas IPA. I noticed the bartender didn’t charge me. Hmmmh? Perhaps he was going to settle up at the end? Well, soon I noticed no one was paying. So I asked the young lady next to me what gives. She told me it was “Industry Night.” and there was free beer and food. Score. But how did I get in? But then I realized I am in the industry since I’ve now done some work for The Bruery out of Placentia, CA.

Unfortunately I could not partake too much as I had to drive back down to Mill Valley to hang with Lenlee and the roster for dinner and a comedy show. So as it turns out my luck was good that day. Ordinarily the taproom is closed Mondays and Tuesdays but I stumbled in to the first “Industry Night.”

On the back to The City ran across this guy in foreign territory.

On Cinco De Mayo we did a big afternoon show at Butler Shine Stern & Partners in Sausalito. We catered some tasty Mexican munchies including duck tacos and grilled lime-shrimp skewers and quenched the creative’s thirsts with real margaritas! We had a great turnout of creatives to com out and look at our books and party!

Wendi Nordeck mixing up a mean margarita.

Rhea, Wendi and Lenlee prepping the tasty Cinco De Mayo food.

After our week of portfolio shows the roster parted ways to other parts of the country but I stayed on for a bit longer in the Bay Area. Over the next few days I roamed around Marin and north of their on the coast. I loved the drive up through Lucas Canyon. Rolling grassy hills dotted with coastal live oak stands and little puffy white clouds. I’ll have to bring my mountain bike back to ride here. There are cool trails everywhere! The first day I spent up by Bodega Bat and ended up staying at the Bodega Bay Lodge. Nice place. The view wasn’t bad either.

View from Bodega Bay Lodge

Please forgive the heavy-handed HDR-look applied by my iPhone. Better than completely backlit I guess though.

Next, I spent a couple days in Pt. Reyes National Seashore driving and hiking alot, taking photos. This place is one of my favorite places on Earth. There’s something about it. The open spaces. The wildness of the place. The beauty of it. I love it.

Cows roaming in Pt. Reyes


Breakin' the law! Breakin' the law! Waiting for sunset.

It’s only about 1000′ feet down to the ocean directly behind me! Here’s  the view beyond the fence…

One of the historic ranches in Pt. Reyes.

I ended staying in town at The Motel Inverness. The room sucked but it had a shared lodge area with a huge fireplace that I took advantage of at night. The motel was in a nice spot on the water-side of the main road, facing out on the marsh and Tomales Bay. The place even had it’s own walkway and duck blind for birding.

For the next couple days I enjoyed full days of hiking around getting photographs then racing back in to town for last call for grub. Most places in these small towns close at 9pm. There are no 7-11d in town. So if you miss dinner. You miss dinner. Absolutely loved the Bovine Bakery in Pt. Reyes station and subsisted on their blackberry-buttermilk muffins for breakfast.

Before I knew it I found it was time get myself to the 5 for the long drive south. I have a ton more photos from this trip that I still need to work on and post so keep stay tuned for update alerts. Here’s a teaser…

The latest image I just finished is one from Pigeon Point Lighthouse (between Santa Cruz and San Francisco).

Pigeon Point Lighthouse, CA ©2011 John Early

JQ - May 24, 2011 - 7:08 am

Fantastic lighthouse image! Glad you had a good trip north. I sure wish I’d had a couple more days out there…

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