It's been HALF A DECADE since we flew home from our bike trip and spent two weeks chillin' with my brother in California. To amend this shameful situation, Tyler and I have been trying to organize a time to see Lian for the past year or so. Finally, the dates worked out, and we planned a visit to Oakland in conjunction with our training at BlackHawk Ranch. Hooray! I love spending time with my big bro.
Our visit began with a trip to the Great Houdini Escape Room inside San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts. Together with Lian and his friends from High School we had a blast solving puzzles and eventually made it out of the room in the nick of time.
After exiting the world of Houdini, we got lunch, walked through a street festival, and headed to Golden Gate Park for some bocce, chatting, and chillin'. Literally. It was cold and foggy by the Bay, a refreshing change from the 100+ degree weather of Valley Springs!
Then, we said goodbye to Lian's buddies and did a quick drive around our dear friends/neighbors Charlie and Becky's pre-Maple Hill Road stomping grounds. Driving past their former home, I was struck by how lucky we are to have C&B in our lives. Sorry San Francisco, we got the better end of that deal! In other news, their house was on a hill so steep I honestly felt a dizzying terror being up there.
Finally, we headed back to Lian's apartment in sunnier, warmer Oakland.