On returning to the Bay Area to visit friends and family for the holidays, the first thing that struck me was the traffic. It was around noon on a Monday and Highway 101 was packed in the southbound direction. Luckily, I was heading northbound.
In the two months I had spent traveling the southwest (Southern California desert, Utah, Arizona) I never encountered any traffic. I didn’t miss it one bit.
The Bay Area has a little of everything: culture, shopping centers, great restaurants, surfing, and work. Even in this economy Silicon Valley has managed to still appear prosperous in comparison to other areas of the country I’ve seen. (Sadly, I saw many more abandoned buildings and homes in the southwest.)
Plus, they have some cool, weird stuff. And some really big stuff.
The Largest Monopoly Board, at the Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose.
Large animal sculptures outside of Children’s Discovery Museum in San Jose. (Next to the giant Monopoly Board.)
The World’s Longest Braid of Garlic (216 feet) at Garlic World in Gilroy, California, the Garlic Capital of the World.
I can attest to Gilroy being the Garlic Capital of the World as I lived down-wind of it for years. Of course, it might have just been this braid we were all smelling.