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The McTags are coming to San Francisco

 
 
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Wed 17 Sep, 2008 09:01 pm
Nice pictures! I remember that yacht club very well - George's second home.
You lost quite a bit of weight, George, I can see that now.

Have a great trip along the west coast Mrs. & Mr. McTag!
ehBeth
 
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Reply Wed 17 Sep, 2008 09:15 pm
Looks like a good time was being had by all.
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Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 17 Sep, 2008 11:53 pm
Great photos, c.i.! (Hoping to make some myself, when/if we go there Wink )

Have some more good days, FionaB and McTag!
McTag
 
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Reply Thu 18 Sep, 2008 11:13 am
@Walter Hinteler,

Yo, Walt, everything splendid here.
I'll be able to write more, with illustrations, when we get home.
At present in B & L's lovely home, and all is well with the world.

George, I can't remember (perhaps it was the alcohol, or the heady nature of the occasion), but I can't remember all of what I'm supposed to say to Bernie. Anyway I told him a little, and he laughed a lot. He sends his best to you, and they hope you all can get together in the not too distant future.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 18 Sep, 2008 12:45 pm
This picture was taken on Saturday at the Sheraton Palace Hotel. osso will recognize this "chair," because I took a picture of her when she visited at the first SF gathering.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/IMG_1050.jpg

Another view of the San Francisco skyline from Sausalito.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/IMG_1066.jpg

On Monday, September 15, we drove to Sacramento to visit Old Town, the State Railroad Museum, and the capitol building (to visit my brother's office). We had lunch at Fat City in Old Town, and the McTag's were able to meet the owner (the own the oldest restaurant in Sacramento called "Frank Fats), and several more restaurants with one in Las Vegas.

At the railroad museum, we were treated to a movie about the history of the railroad; we learned that steam engines were invented by the Irish, so the McTags' were pleasantly surprised by this fact - and learned about the different types of smoke stacks that were developed for the different types of fuel used.

This was our docent at the museum.
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Enjoying the trains.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/SFsept1415162008016.jpg

A painting depicting the connection of the railroad between the east and west. This shows the scene where the last spike was made from gold. There are two gold spikes; one is at Stanford University, and the other at the railroad musuem.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/SFsept1415162008018.jpg

Gold spike.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/SFsept1415162008017.jpg

A little railroad building history: The Irish started building the railroad, but the Chinese were the ones that did most of the building. Some of the investors asked whether the Chinese could build the railroad, and the answer was "they built the great wall, didn't they?" 10,000 Chinese worked on the railroad, and ten percent lost their lives.

We had lunch at Fat City in Old Town.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/SFsept1415162008020.jpg

Our next stop was the Jelly Belly Candy Factory in Fairfield on our way to Napa wine country. Since picture taking was prohibited in the factory, we have no pictures to post. After we took the tour, we spent a few minutes shopping for candy. I usually purchase the "belly flops" at greatly reduced prices. I purchased six pounds for $18, and already consumed about five ounces at home. LOL

Napa downtown.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/SFsept1415162008024.jpg

We visited the Oxbow Public Marketplace, a smaller cousin to the Ferry Building marketplace for a short visit. On our way back to the car, McTag and I stopped at a wine tasting room where they served us five different wines for $10/pp. I especially like the white wine from Italy, and their Merlot was pretty good.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/SFsept1415162008025.jpg

The McTags wanted to visit a winery, but unfortunately, we tried to squeeze in too much for a one day jaunt, and most wineries closed at 5PM.

cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Thu 18 Sep, 2008 12:49 pm
@McTag,
Tell Bernie and Lola, I'm planning another SF gathering for the summer of '09. I'll post a special thread on it before year end.
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2008 05:07 pm
On our last day of tour, we drove to Monterey to visit the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Cannery Row (Steinbeck country), and Carmel - home to Clint Eastwood.

This is the "main" tank at the aquarium.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/SFsept1415162008029.jpg

Anemonies.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/SFsept1415162008030.jpg

Sea otter.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/SFsept1415162008031.jpg

Jelly fish?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/SFsept1415162008034.jpg

Another fish tank.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/SFsept1415162008036.jpg

On Cannery Row.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/SFsept1415162008046.jpg

We had lunch at Clint Eastwood's restaurant "Hog's Breath."
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/SFsept1415162008048.jpg

Live radio at the Eastman Building.
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Mrs McTag getting her feet wet in the Pacific Ocean.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/SFsept1415162008053.jpg

Saying "goodbye" at San Francisco International Airport until their return early next month.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v97/imposter222/SFsept1415162008062.jpg

When the McTags return, we will plan for another day in San Francisco before they fly home to England.
Izzie
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2008 05:16 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Oh well done ci.... just FAB.... gosh, you packed in a lot of sightseeing.

(HA - I can see Mac's white sox - (smiling!))

What great hosts - good for you.

x
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 19 Sep, 2008 05:27 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Glad the Tags saw the aquarium and the pacific (ahhhh, the pacific).. I like Monterey - well, that whole area. I used to not like Carmel, too damned cute, but I've gotten over that with time passing.
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McTag
 
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Reply Sat 20 Sep, 2008 09:39 am
Here I am in Portland, in an excellent restaurant with a great wine list and a Happy Hour for early eats, with my souvenir T-shirt and a trophy blonde.

http://i29.photobucket.com/albums/c277/Tags1/DSC_0354.jpg
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sat 20 Sep, 2008 11:16 am
@McTag,
I believe that Powell's bookstore is the biggest in the US. It's really worth a visit, and to browse around the extensive library of books and published materials there. We were also impressed with that place. <smile>

Hey, Lola's still looking great! Say hello for us.
McTag
 
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Reply Sun 21 Sep, 2008 06:26 pm
@cicerone imposter,
Hi c.i.,

Hi to you too (this is Lola). I'm still trying to be allowed to enter the a2k site as myself. I understand that Fiona and McTag had a great time with you. Bernie and I will have to get over there for visit soon. One of these days we're actually going to catch georgeob in person. I've finally seen his photo.....I was beginning to get suspicious.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 21 Sep, 2008 07:00 pm
@McTag,
Lola and Bernie, Please come to our next San Francisco gathering. Now that you live in the "area," there's no excuse for missing it. <smile>
blatham
 
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Reply Mon 22 Sep, 2008 08:21 am
@cicerone imposter,
Very good chance we'll attend, CI.

Alan and Fionna left yesterday. It wasn't so much a hugs and kisses thing as a police and court order thing. But they are no longer here.

cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 22 Sep, 2008 01:57 pm
@blatham,
Excellent! As you know, the McTags have a pretty full schedule ahead of them to see most of what the western states have to offer visitors. It's too extensive to "see it all" in three weeks.

I'm looking forward to seeing their travelogue with pictures upon their return to the UK.
McTag
 
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Reply Wed 24 Sep, 2008 07:03 pm
@cicerone imposter,

Zion National Park today, Grand Canyon (north rim) yesterday.

Wow.

Pics to follow, I hope. Fiona says, one "wow" is not enough.

xx McT
Walter Hinteler
 
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Reply Wed 24 Sep, 2008 08:00 pm
@McTag,
Wow, indeed (and that's only from the photos I'd seen).

I'm sure, both of you will enjoy your last week in the US as well!
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Wed 24 Sep, 2008 09:15 pm
@McTag,
I saw an IMAX show in Berlin on the Grand Canyon, and even that was impressive. However, there's nothing like being there standing on the rim looking at the layers of different colored geology - at sunset - which I've done a couple of times in my younger days.
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blatham
 
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Reply Sat 27 Sep, 2008 09:51 pm
It appears that some of our silver has gone missing. Along with a broom.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Sun 28 Sep, 2008 01:02 pm
@blatham,
Not a broom, surely! LOL We'd better start checking our goodies.... LOL
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