Carpe diem

As much as I love Northern California, the job market hasn’t been so friendly to us. The recession’s hit everywhere, but it seems to be worse around here. Despite the lack of jobs (or maybe because of it), we’ve had a blast exploring the Bay Area and beyond over the past few months. But reality is reality, and we might not be able to stay here forever (if we don’t stay here, we’re heading south to LA or home to NC), so I’ve decided to make a list of all the things I’d like to do around here to make sure we make the most of the time we have.

1. Go to Yosemite: Honestly, I can’t believe we haven’t been here yet. It’s a bit of a haul from Berkeley (about 4 hours), but as soon as this seemingly never-ending rain stops, I’d like to head out there for a night or two.

2. Get sushi at Sushi Zone in San Francisco: I keep hearing about this place — its unusual rolls (think mango and macademia nuts with tuna and papaya with unagi), its famous baked sea bass in mussel shells and its infamous two-hour wait times (the restaurant seats 16 max).

3. Go wine tasting in Sonoma: I’ve been up to Napa enough times now that it’s absurd I haven’t yet explored the wineries of the less-traveled Sonoma Valley.

4. Head down to Big Sur: We’ve been as far south as Santa Cruz since we’ve been out here, but we haven’t yet made it to Big Sur, and i’m itching to get down there to hike in the hillsides and along the coast (and maybe spot a humpback whale or two). We’ll definitely make a stop at Nepenthe too, home of the famous Ambrosia Burger.

5. Hit up the vintage shops in the Haight (and beyond): San Francisco has a wealth of vintage clothing stores (to be expected, I guess) and surprisingly, I haven’t yet taken advantage and gone treasure hunting. Could have something to do with the unemployment.

Of course, this list isn’t comprehensive, but I think it’s a good start for our potential farewell tour.

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