After driving up Wednesday, I checked in and had dinner. The meetings started early the next morning, and most of each afternoon was free. On Thursday afternoon, I took a bike ride north along the nature trail over the dunes past Sand City. The WOA dinner was held in the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which was very nice. The next afternoon after the meetings, I went on a driving tour to Gilroy and back around through Santa Cruz. Then, we went out to Montrio Bistro for dinner after the WOA reception.
On Saturday, I drove down along Highway 1 and visited different scenic points by Big Sur. After meeting up with Brad and the rest of the crew, we hiked up to Buzzards Roost and then to Pfeiffer Falls. The kids really enjoyed this part. While the others returned first, I visited the historic Carmel Mission, stopped by Peet’s Coffee, and went out for a quick run. I made it in time for the gala.
The trip home was uneventful, except that I got a late start and was stuck in a little bit of traffic along the 5. It was still daylight, so I constructed another stone step by the pond. Tomorrow, it’s back to work.