Continuing to catch up on imagery from earlier in the year… Even though the ISER meetings occupied most of our time in San Francisco, we did manage to get out a couple of the days and pack quite a bit in.
David, Barb, Ning and I managed to get out to the shore and then into the Castro district for some coffee. I’d not actually made it out to the beach just South of San Francisco before, but found it to be an amazing place. While we were there, the beach was littered with gorgeous Velella which are always neat to see. The cool thing was to see if we could find “right handed” vs. “left handed” Velella which we were able to see a couple left handed specimens.
There were also huge pods of bottlenose dolphins that were moving North up the beach. The shark we saw moving South into the direction of the pod of dolphins may have had a rude shock.
The San Francisco Hyatt down at the Embarcadero center that was hosting the conference was a pretty nice location with good access to the Ferry Building with amazing food options. Pretty good views from the top and even the rooms. I could have simply sat all day on the balcony and watched the boat/ship traffic in the Bay.
If we had a place with a stove, all of the food options down at the Ferry Building would have made for some fine eating. Not only do they have restaurants, but they also have food vendors selling all sorts of items from amazing looking mushrooms to vegetables, fruits, seafood and meats. Perhaps the best option the next time is an Air B&B apartment?
Special shout out to Humphry Slocombe for the “Secret Breakfast” ice cream. Holy smokes! Bourbon ice cream with Corn Flakes in it. Amazing stuff.
We managed to run over to the California Academy of Sciences after one of the sessions, but we only had an hour before they closed. What we could manage to see in the hour of running around was amazing. If you have the time when in San Francisco, I highly recommend spending some time there.
Walking around cities at night is an amazing way to get a feeling for the city. When I worked in restaurants, this was the only time I could get out after work. And unfortunately, when attending scientific meetings that go from the early morning to late evenings, seeing cities at night is the only way to get out. Its also a completely different perspective for photography.
Before we left the Bay Area, Robert, Ann and I also went over to Google to give a talk on connectomics. Thanks to my friend Parisa Tabriz who hosted us. It was also good to see Aaron D’Souza. I’d not seen these guys in person since our Cuba trip. Was good to see you guys. Lets set up another trip!
Thanks Robert and Ann for the company. Its always fun traveling with you.
Thank you San Francisco. You are a great city. See you next time.