I lived on the ‘Left Coast’ for a little over 10 years. In the mid-70s in Califonia, where I went to undergraduate school, and the late 70s through the mid-80s when I lived at various addresses around the Seatlle-Tacoma area of Washington. In 2008 I visited Hawaii for a week on a cruise ship.
I first moved to Santa Maria in 1975. I went to California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo in 1976 and graduated in 1978. In my last year, I lived near the beach in Los Osos near Morrow Bay. I did several trips up the coast highway while living there as well as spending time in southern California when my parents lived the when I was in school.
I bought my first camera – a Canon AE-1 – when I was working during the summer of 1977 for Union Oil in Coalinga. Later in the 80s and 90s, I spent a lot of time in the San Fransisco Bay area while working for various high-tech companies headquartered there.
After graduating from Cal Poly in 1978, I moved to Seattle to go to graduate school. I ended up getting a job with Boeing and then on to Hewlett-Packard before I moved to Germany in early 1987.
A truly beautiful area when the weather was nice. Puget Sound was particularly stunning with its many islands and deep, swift blue waters. I loved riding the ferries. The Cascade mountains with highlights of Mount Ranier and St Helens – which erupted right after I moved there – we great places to visit.
In 2008 I spent a week visiting the islands on a cruise ship. I visited Hawaiʻi, Maui, Oʻahu, and Kauaʻi. The highlight of the trip was a helicopter ride on Kauaʻi.