The Wedding Invitation:
We arrived at San Francisco airport, took the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train over to the end of the Blue Line in Dublin/Pleasanton. The father of the groom, Mike, picked us up for the ride into the hills above the vineyards near Livermore, CA, to Camp Arroyo.
The camp is a state-of-the-art green facility which is home to the YMCA Outdoor Environmental Education programs and the Taylor Foundation camps for children with special needs.
The six duplex cabins are built up a hillside:
|Mike, Kent, Erich, Lance, and Ryan|
Brynne arrived late, after the Talent Show.
Saturday, October 12, 2013
After a breakfast of fruit and pastries, it was set-up and free time.
We went to check out the sites listed on the National Register of Historic Places (designated with an *) for the town of Livermore, CA.
But first, we passed the Wente vineyards:
The *Ravenswood Historic Site at 2647 Arroyo Road is not open very often:
The firehouse on the left was built by the WPA in 1937, and the town hall building in 1875.
The mural on the side of the former firehouse:
Another interesting house on McLeod Street:
We returned to Camp Arroyo for lunch of cold cuts and cheese for sandwiches, hummus, tuna salad, pasta salad, and a chocolate cookie:
|Erich, Brynne, and Kent|
We ran into Ryan with his appropriate T-shirt:
It was time to march down the hill to the Meadow for the wedding:
|Tic tac toe game pieces|
The ceremony took place under the big tree:
Someone is taking a nap?
Ryan and Maddy were still having photos taken (with Ryan's Mini pick-up):
Aww, how sweet!
Later there was dancing, and we retired to our cabins.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
We took Brynne to catch the first BART train from Dublin/Pleasanton to the airport. On the drive back to Camp Arroyo, we saw several deer and a flock of turkeys. We decided to hike to find turkeys.
Found a very large pine cone from the Pinus coulteri/Coulter Pine:
After a brunch of French toast, fruit, scrambled eggs, and bacon and sausage from 'Sean Connery,' Mike drove us and Erich to the BART station. Erich continued on the the San Francisco airport, and Kent and I disembarked at the Civic Center station for Hotel Whitcomb, a historic hotel on Market Street:
|Hotel Whitcomb lobby|
|Ceiling above the reception desk|
The Osher Sculpture Garden with Corridor Pin, Blue by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen:
We took bus #71 all the way down to the Embarcadero, with the Ferry Building (opened 1898) and its clock tower:
It was a very creative and wonderful wedding weekend!