The saying “time flies when you’re having fun” perfectly sums up this trip. Although it was very tiring, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.
On day one, we woke before the sun was up. We had an early flight so we could use as much of the day as possible. We took off for California at 8:00am EST and arrived at 10:00am PST. I really didn’t know what to expect from California, but it blew all my expectations. It was so nice to walk outside and not freeze. Not only that, but California is so beautiful. The designs of the city and housing were nothing like we have back home.
It was an hour drive into San Francisco. On the way we stopped at In-n-Out Burger. It was one of the best fast food burgers I’ve ever had. We continued the drive and arrived at our hotel. We dropped off our luggage and went into the city. San Francisco is so beautiful words cannot describe it. We found a $20 an hour parking spot at Pier 39 and went to see the famed barking seals. I don’t know what they were talking about, but they wouldn’t shut up. Although we didn’t get to go to Alcatraz, we could see it from the pier. We did our shopping, then drove around the city a little bit more. We then started to drive to the Golden Gate bridge. We went down below it, on an old army base, to take pictures. Then we went up on the top of a mountain to take more pictures. It might just be a bridge, but it is so amazing. Just to think that people could come up with the idea to design that blows my mind. After the pictures, we went down to the beach for the sunset. The water was freezing, but it was worth it because now I’ve been in the Pacific Ocean. Then we started to drive back to the hotel. On the way back, we stopped at this cute little taco restaurant. The food was surprisingly delicious. We were all exhausted, so we crashed once we got to the hotel.
Waking up on day two was very hard. The time change was the worst part about the whole trip. We had to get over being tired because we had a big day ahead. We were going to Intuit to meet with Brad Smith. We stopped at Google before our meeting with Brad, but didn’t spend much time there. While we were waiting for our meeting we saw something very interesting; a robot. The robot’s job was to deliver food. Something I could never imagine West Virginia having. We met with Brad and it wasn’t what I expected. He was so relaxed and easy to talk to. We ate and asked him an assortment of questions. Then he took up on a little tour and explained some of the stuff they do within their campus. Afterward we went to a company called ShotSpotter. That company makes a gunshot detection system that helps law enforcement. They explained how it all worked and it seemed to be very beneficial. Then we packed back into the car and went to the hotel. This day was so educational. It’s what kids need to learn but will never learn in school. It taught me so much for my future and I’m so thankful I got to experience it.
On the third day, we were off to Yosemite. The drive was not bad compared to the last trip, but it didn’t make a difference to me because I slept the whole time. Although it was cold, it was pretty good hiking weather. We went on a 5.7 mile hike up a huge mountain. In total it took around 6 hours. The sites were amazing. The pictures don’t do it justice. The whole day was spent at the park and there was so much more that could have been seen.
In all, the trip was way better than words can describe and I’m so grateful that I was apart of it. I’m glad I got to learn new things that I might not have ever learned through school. But now, I’m ready to sleep.