I think I picked the right time to start at Apple; here is my schedule for my first two months:
- Work 2 weeks
- Thanksgiving week off
- Work 1 week
- Go to China for 1.5 weeks
- Work 2 days
- 2 1.5 Weeks off for Christmas
That's almost a 50% work ratio! After Christmas it's all hands on deck for a while so I'm working on enjoy the time while I have it.
Over the Thanksgiving week Katherine and I went down to San Luis Obispo (SLO-"you say slow if you're in the the know"). I interview here for a position during my job search and really loved the town. It's about 3 hrs south of The Valley and is a perfect little California town. Cal Poly is located in the town so it has a definite young college feel but a really nice downtown with shops and restaurants. The town is right at the base of a number of mountains and only about 20 minutes from the ocean. I think you can see why I liked it so much!
We got into down and went for an awesome bike ride. Now that we have our bikes back (and Katherine is into riding) we've been trying to get out more. We went down to beach and then headed up the coast and back along the highway. We even went down a little bit of a trail section that I had explored during my interview bike ride.
On the way down Katherine got a call about a job and needed to go in the next day so we had to cut out multi-day plan down to just one night. We brought out camping stuff and spent the night at Montana De Oro, a gorgeous state park right on the ocean. I always find staying in car campgrounds funny since our minimalist camping gear juxtaposes the RVs and big tents pretty well. It's a great, cheap way to spend a night in a great place though.
We went out to dinner in the town and then came back and took some star pictures. Ever since we got our DSLR, I've been having tons of fun playing with night shots (more on that in a future post).
The next morning, I went for a ride up HWY 1 and Katherine met me for a coffee and a breakfast. After that we too the scenic route all the way back which made for a gorgeous drive. I can't believe that this road was ever conceived and built, it's RIGHT ON THE WATER. Super cool and pretty.