Monday, July 31, 2006
A Wonderful Weekend
With everything happening in the last week I forgot to tell you how my California trip went. (Thanks for asking, BTW :)
A picture's worth a thousand words and it was remarkable watching Nicky Hayden tighten his grip on the MotoGP world championship with a brilliant win on a sweltering afternoon at Laguna Seca Raceway. Unlike last year when he dominated the event from the first practice to the end of the race, this year he to fight through from the second row of the grid before pulling away with the victory. Not only did Nicky do well, but his brothers Tommy and Roger Lee also did well in their AMA races with Tommy taking 2nd place in the Superbike race on Saturday.
Better than the racing was the time spent with my wife. On Friday we drove from San Jose to Yosemite where we saw the spectacular scenery including El Capitan and Half Dome. But the highlight was going to the Sequoia grove at the southern entrance of the part and seeing trees that are literally thousands of years old. On the way home I decided to take a "short cut" so we didn't have to drone along on the super slab. I managed to replace an hour of boring superhighway with three hours of a nail biter of a canyon road in pitch dark that often had the steering wheel at full lock while the car pitched and careened on the narrow road. Fun....
The weather at the track was supposed to be 80 degrees on Saturday and Sunday but instead of around 100. But we had a good time anyway. We even managed to get back to San Jose on Saturday in time to eat at my favorite Italian restaurant. On Monday we went up to San Francisco where I did a whirlwind pass through the Design Automation Conference while my while road the cable cars and saw the sea lions on the wharves. She got the better deal. Then we rushed back to the airport and got back to Texas at 1:00 am Tuesday morning.
A typical whirlwind vacation, but it was so nice to have four days alone with my wife and thoroughly enjoy each other's company. Looking back on it, we didn't do all that much, but I did enjoy it.