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    Graduation Trip and Tour

    We took off from Bangkok on June 7th. Destination California for my daughters graduation from UC Santa Barbara and a tour of California and southern Oregon.

    I am lucky to have a close friend since university living in Marin County Ca. His house was the first stop on the journey.

    Crossing the Golden Gate and arriving at Chez Mike on a beautiful day.



    Mike sent a car for us.





    Nice house



    The next day was a big surprise, Mike is a car collector and these are his latest since I last saw him 3 years ago. First a Lamborghini.





    Then a Ferrari and a Shelby Cobra.

    Friday night was game 7 of the NBA finals Warriors vs Cavs. On the flight from Bangkok to Tokyo I had a shock on the inflight entertainment they had the Cavs Warriors game 6 live. The game made the flight fly by.

    The bar as you enter the home theater.



    Seating



    The start of the game and drinking. Don Julio is good tequila...



    The next day was the Belmont Stakes horse race so we went over to Golden Gate Fields to make some bets, see Mikes new horse, "Angelo's Pride" and then watch the Belmont there.

    Angelo's Pride, just a lovely 2 year old who would run his first race and come third the next day. He would have won but it was his first time out of the starting gate.



    Racing on a lovely day.




    Much more to come, but falling asleep due to late arrival and jet lag.

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    Great stuff ... nice wheels

    opps ... congrats on the graduation.


    Enjoy the celebrations ...
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    Damn, good stuff AO.


    Firstly, congrats on the graduation.


    Secondly, any more pics of the Ferrari and Lambo?


    Thirdly, can I also go visit Mike?

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    WOW! That is a very impressive start to the thread!!!

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    Yes. Congrats on your daughter's graduation. You need to get up to Cotati and show her her papas alma mater. The gravensteins are in season. Bake her a graduation apple pie

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    Few more car shots for you.



    Roong got to drive it down to the gate.




    The Shelby Cobra



    The racing garage with the guest house we stayed in above.

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    June of 2017, AO..??

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    College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley. Vanessa will complete her studies in December, but wait until May 18 next year for her graduation walk.

    This squirrel loves pistachios.




    The clock tower from Vanessa's faculty.




    Went to the Thai temple in Berkeley for a little blessing on our journey which would cover just over 4000 kilometers of driving.

    Vanessa after getting off her summer job at Environment California. They make her wear nicer clothes than her normal ripped jeans. A great summer job she can save some money from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HuangLao View Post
    June of 2017, AO..??
    the last month mate. Just got home 1am last night.

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    So this was K.'s graduation and Vanessa next year?

    Congratulations on a job well done Papa.

    Looks like you're well connected.

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    Beautiful girls who will do great things! All the best AO!

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    Rather than a nap which I reckon would result in waking up at 2am I think I will put up photos of Sonoma County Ca.

    My friend Arthur's house who once again I have known since uni. Its right on the Russian River in Guerneville.



    The back yard down to the river from the back deck.



    We ate well mostly barbecues. Tri Tip, Fresh Prawns, and Jalapeno's


    Then we were off to Jenner by the sea, Shell beach, and Armstrong woods for the Redwoods.





    This area is a seal sanctuary and it was full.



    Real life



    Close up of hole in the rock.



    Jenner



    Off to Armstrong Woods.



    The tree itself.



    Tree with fire damage, Redwoods must have fire to germinate their seeds. 230 F is necessary for the seed to grow.



    Nice paths through the park.




    Artie explaining the growth and life cycle of a Redwood to my wife.



    Legal in California now. Nice packaging.

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    You must be so happy and so proud AO.

    Well done Mum and Dad!

    All that work and sacrifice has paid off big style.

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    Very nice pictures, beautiful daughters and a good choice of school!

    My parents met and married when they were students at UCSB.

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    Congratulations AO!

    I can remember when your girls had just had to have their hair cut going into M1 and were still upset about it when we met up.

    Great thread and pics, thanks!

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    nice pictures. Is your friend a retired teakdoor crypto trader ?

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    Nice pics, nice thread, AO. Congrats to the girls.

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    Wow, cool thread AO.

    Congrats

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    Amazing thread.
    Thanks AO

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    Top Dad and a top thread!

    All the best to you and yours.

    Did you get to have a drive in any of the cars?

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Good stuff mate looks like a great trip.

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    Sonoma county also has the lovely little town of Sonoma with its Mission, worth a day tripping around.

    The residence of the mission




    Cacti flowering and budding





    Chateau St. Jean Winery







    Found wild Coho salmon at Sonoma market. With some fresh sweet corn, grilled asparagus just in season, and a big salad, wine and sourdough as well.



    Soon off for Monterey, then Santa Barbara and K's big day.

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    Nice thread AO father of the year award for sure

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    So time to take off for Monterey. We have always done the coast so I decided to kill two birds with one stone. Thai's love to shop and love a bargain so I found Gilroy Ca. Known as the garlic capital but also home to California's biggest outlet mall. Not much of a shopper myself but the stop really made the wife happy..Store Directory for Gilroy Premium Outlets® - A Shopping Center In Gilroy, CA - A Simon Property

    Then down to Monterey for one night.





    You drive through the coastal valley. Home to artichokes and garlic.





    The wharf/pier in Monterey, cool that its summer and it stays light so long. About 830pm here.



    Damn good meal. Steamers and mussels in a rich tomato garlic broth, along with a seafood medley that had fresh halibut and Dungenesss
    crab.



    Pismo beach, such an active beach.

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    Santa Barbara. These photos are of my daughter Kayleigh who pulled off graduating from UCSB in 3 years. Yes she does have an internship to do quarter one, but a great job at university by her.

    1 day old born at Chula hospital in 97.



    At 3.5 years she fell in love with Tie Dye, worn this dress with various t-shirts for almost a year.



    Only 3 years and a month ago she graduated from the Harrow School here in BKK



    Leaving for graduation. She has a wonderful little house on a hill in Santa Barbara.



    With her mom at a reception thrown by her faculty, everybody got drunk on red wine. I guess they did not know she and her sister are not old enough to drink.



    The family still during the ceremony but she came to say Hi!!



    On the beach just a 10 minute walk from graduation green.



    Her best friend Fern who flew in from London for 3 days for the big event.



    Family at graduation dinner. Her mom has finally accepted her boyfriend Josh.



    The graduate.





    Cool T-shirt the gray blob in the middle is actually every graduates name in the class of 2018 from UCSB



    Santa Barbara beach and town to come. Well done Lee Lee!!!

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