"NEHGS Comes West" and I Was There! Post #1

From Berkeley ~ Looking at the Port of Oakland
Taken by Cheryl Palmer on Friday, October 26, 2012.

The California Genealogical Society hosted "NEHGS Comes West" which was held a couple of days ago in Berkeley. A few weeks back Angela from "Leaves of Heritage" and I committed to attend together and we purchased our tickets. Thankfully, I committed when I did or I may not have attended. I never even found time to go over the sessions being offered, but Angela insisted she would go over them with me while I drove to the event.

It was an EARLY morning, especially for her, she needed to be up an hour before I did, and it was way to early for me these days. As I was getting ready, I kept thinking about my roommate from Jamboree and how we had a "plan" for getting ready in the mornings. We had a schedule which worked out real well for us. My roommate woke happy and cheerful every morning, and me, well, I guess I can say I am more grumpy until I have some coffee. Reminiscing about getting ready at Jamboree made me smile this early morning as I got ready. My roommate at Jamboree was none other than Angela, so getting ready that particular morning almost felt like I was getting ready for Jamboree. 

As expected, Angela showed up at my house right on time and we headed off. My husband thought we would need 2 hours to get where we needed to go in Berkeley from my house. Commute traffic is horrible where I live, it has been known as the second L.A. traffic jam. It turned out we could not have had better luck, we got there in a half hour! Completely unheard of I say! We must have left early enough to miss the commute traffic or something because we sailed right along. Now we had an hour and a half to wait for the event to start, but that was cool, so much better than being late, and Angela and I can kill that time easily. We saw someone with a cup of Starbucks and decided to go find the store.

From Berkeley Marina ~ Bay Bridge to Treasure Island and San Francisco
Taken by Cheryl Palmer on Friday, October 26, 2012

We drove up and down University Boulevard in Berkeley and never saw a Starbucks. We did however find a McDonalds and decided to stop there for our coffee. The upper class sure didn't hang out there. Along with "bags" outside the door and all over inside, the place was pretty scumy. We ordered our coffees and decided to drink them in the car. Anglea bought me a coffee for driving, so sweet of her. Thank you Angela! We got back in the car and realized our coffees were not what we ordered. Oh no! We both looked at each other and said we would "keep what we had" almost simultaneously. Neither of us wanted to go back inside.

Berkeley Marina looking at San Francisco.
Taken by Cheryl Palmer on Friday, October 26, 2012

We visited in the car for an hour or so and headed back to Hs Lordships, the restaurant hosting the seminar we were going to attend. The restaurant is on the Berkeley Marina and the views that morning were beautiful. We got there about 7:00 a.m. and had plenty of time so I took a few pictures before we went looking for coffee.

Berkeley Marina looking at the Golden Gate Bridge.
Photo taken by Cheryl Palmer on October 26, 2012.

More about this event in next post!

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Wishing you success in all of your genealogical treasure hunts!

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  1. I was supposed to go, but then found out I was possibly going to be in court all day Friday, so didn't get tickets. I can't wait to hear all about it!

  2. Debbie, we all need to talk more, Marilyn was there!


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