Wednesday, October 14, 2015

What we did on our summer vacation

Summer is over; it was an amazing four months! 

We moved back into our house July 1st, and thoroughly enjoyed the time catching up with friends and places. We visited Nancy's mom several times in Placerville and had a fun family reunion later in the summer with both brothers and sister.  Nancy played lots of chamber music with her cello, while Rob went road biking and hiking with friends and snuck in a trip to Fiji. All around us, we marveled at the growth, innovation and youth at the heart of Silicon Valley. And yes, the traffic has gotten a lot worse.

Some notable trips were sprinkled across the summer.  Highlights included Nancy taking our niece Ali to Boston as Bryan finished up his college session there, and a "Mom's trip" w/ Kate to NYC to visit sons Bryan and Conor who are both working there. Rob accepted a generous invite to join friends on their awesome catamaran Kiapa. Off he went to Fiji to chase the wind and scope out future cruising waters for the future.  We enjoyed a weekend in Reno with friends at the annual Hot August Nights, admiring many shiny objects on the street as well as the Barrett Jackson car auction. Together we flew out one more time to New York City to visit Bryan and have fun family time playing in the Big Apple. On the way back, we spent the week with our sailing friends, Mike and Katie, exploring the Colorado urban and mountain high life amidst the vibrant yellow Aspen colors. 

We also decided it is time for a new homebase and start by selling our Los Altos home.   In July we worked hard with our real estate team to give our house a well deserved face lift.  After living in our renovation construction zone, we went on the market and sold it within one week.  We are very happy that a young couple, both working at technology companies, will now be calling Los Altos home.  

It's time to return to Shindig in Mexico and continue living our dream!

Amor y Salud - Nancy and Rob

View of Manhattan Skyline from Bryan's neighborhood
Great day trip to Coney Island and Brighton Beach, a Russian neighborhood
Wheel of Wonder at Coney Island

One of the Reflection pools at the 9/11 Memorial
Seinfeld's "Soup Nazi"

Double Elvis at the Museum of Modern Art in NY

Rob's host Lionel and Irene on the SV Kiapa

Incredibly clear water in Fiji.  Fish hide in the coral. 

Rob learns from the Master; Banana and Bacon Sandwich
Sunset at Musket Cove
Kiteboarding at the Blue Lagoon!  Perfect setup and launch area.

Dinner and Broadway Show Night

Nancy and Kate on Brooklyn Bridge

Selfies! Nancy and Ali at the Boston Commons Gardens
Outdoorsman, windsurfing, cycling and hiking friend
Josh, Central Coast

Time off the water with Sylvia and Tom (SV Cinnabar)

Elaine and Nancy and Bigfoot

Yes, a moose in Colorado on the hiking trail.

Aspen Fall Colors

Chllin' Out at Mt. Princeton Hot Springs Resorts

Cows roam freely on a Colorado mountain pass
"Smile for the camera (iPad)" 


Quartet Night at Tom's &
Dessert after playing
Quintets at Margaret's

Nancy's Steinway remains safely house at a friend's place

Great Times with Bryan

Rob's 30th high school reunion was awesome!

Maxfield Family Reunion with Nancy's mom, Margaret 

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