Now in the SF Bay Area
Cabrillo National Monument
San Diego was great. It was more of a vacation than anything else. I left San Diego and drove two hours to L.A. to visit family in Santa Monica. I stayed the night Sunday night in Santa Monica and then left for SF on Monday. I took 405 to 101/PCH to San Francisco but exited at San Luis Obispo and heading west toward the Hearst Castle. I thought I would check out the castle. I found out once I got there that the tour of the castle is by bus and lasts 2 hours. I didn't really want to spend 2 hours with a bunch of annoying kids and families and they wouldn't let you walk up to the castle (I just wanted to take a few photos), so I left. I continued driving up Cabrillo Highway (HWY 1) all the way through Santa Cruz, Sand City, San Mateo, San Bruno and on up into downtown San Francisco. I left Santa Monica at 9am and arrived at the hotel in downtown SF @ 7:30. I took around 40 photos along the way.
Cabrillo Highway 1
While in SD I setup 3 interviews in downtown S.F. The cheapest hotel I could find was the King George Hotel (intersection of Mason & Geary). Parking was expensive. I think it was $30/day. However, I didn't have to worry about public transit because I was so close to all three addresses. I interviewed at 2 agencies and with one creative recruiting firm. All 3 went very well. Based on the job ads on craigslist, my experience, and those interviews, I feel confident I'll find something before the end of next week. I want to interview at a few more places before I decide.
Amazing views along HWY 1
I moved to a new hotel outside of downtown San Francisco this morning so I could save money. I am now staying at the Quality Inn near SFO. I chose this hotel since it was in close proximity to downtown when I need to interview. The frontdesk clerk was very nice and encouraged me to come down for their breakfast, and I will. I also like the fact this hotel has a free shuttle to the airport if needed. I don't think I'll be flying anywhere, but it's nice to know it's available if I do.
The weather has been great so far. It's been in low 70s during the day and lower 60s at night. I'm excited about the future and looking forward to starting anew in the Bay Area.