Friday, January 22, 2016


Marla & I have a tradition of taking our grandkids to the San Francisco Bay Area to visit their great-grandmother and learn family history when they turn 9. It was Owen's turn last week, and he was raring to go! He was ready for a big adventure.

The first stop was a visit with one of our Wesco Fabrics' furniture importers in the South Bay. Owen definitely had some opinions on what we should buy!

We wanted to show him the Redwood trees in Muir Woods but decided instead on the Mather Redwood Grove at U.C. Berkeley's Botanical Gardens high up the hill from the campus. We were the only visitors because of all the rain.

He loved all the exhibits at the Lawrence Hall of Science in the Berkeley Hills.

A little rain doesn't stop this guy!

Owen wanted to visit the grave of his great- great- great- grandfather, Owen Boe, at the Sunset View Cemetery north of Berkeley. Owen was named after him. Owen Boe once owned an art gallery & framing shop off Market Street in San Francisco before the 1906 earthquake. 

Grandma has an amazing memory at 96 years old. Owen enjoyed hearing all the old family stories!

For Marla & I no trip to The City is complete without a visit to the Glide Memorial Church. Owen loved it!

Time for a ride on the Cable Car.

We stopped for a hot dog at Casper's in Pleasant Hill. They are so good!

Owen spotted an albino alligator in the California Museum of Science in Golden Gate Park.

Captain William Brown, Owen's great-great-great-grandfather was friends with San Francisco's mayor, Adolph Sutro, who built the famous Sutro Baths.

We had to visit the Japanese Tea Garden, a family favorite for years!

Lea, Marla's sorority sister from college, came with us for the San Francisco portion of the trip. We had dinner on our last night at one of my favorite North Beach Italian restaurants. Owen had angel hair pasta for the first time and loved it!

We all enjoyed Owen's big adventure! Next up,...The Twins,.... when they turn 9. 

Images: Dick Gentry

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