Some Pictures from Sonoma, San Francisco, and San Jose

Now that I’ve had a chance to catch a little shut-eye after a restless late night flight from the San Francisco Airport to Baltimore Friday night, I’ve been able to sort through the pictures I took on the trip. I bought a new camera the day I began my journey, and I’m still getting used to it, so sadly many of my pictures were a litle too blurry to share. But some of them turned out ok, and a sampling of those appear below.

I had a great time in California, many chances to share some time with old friends and to make new ones, and the opportunity to exchange some ideas with a lot of sharp folks. Thanks to everyone who made this trip and conference such an enjoyable visit to the west coast. Here are some images from my visit:

Barry Swain and I relaxing at a winery
Before traveling to the Search Engine Strategies Conference, I had the chance to spend a few days touring around San Francisco, including a trip to some wineries in Sonoma Valley. Here’s a picture of me and one of my hosts, Barry Swain, relaxing in front of a wine tasting room.

Barry and Donna, my gracious hosts on a tour of Sonoma Valley
Donna and Barry Swain, who gave me a great tour of Sonoma Valley and part of Marin County. Donna volunteers with me as one of the moderators at Cre8asite Forums.

More than half a mile of cavern filled with wine casks

One of the wineries we visited had over half a mile of underground caves which they used to store their wine. The drill used to make the cave was of the same type used to drill the tunnel under the English Channel.

The largest wine barrel I've ever seen

Another winery hosted the largest barrel of wine I’ve ever seen.

Om Malik, speaking at Wordcamp 2006
On the Saturday before the conference, I attended Wordcamp 2006. Om Malik gave one of the many excellent presentations at the conference, as did Neil Patel and Cameron Olthuis.

The entrance to one of Google's buildings
On the Monday during the week of the conference, I had a chance to visit the Googleplex, along with a number of other webmasters (Thanks to Matt Cutts and Adam Lasnik.)

Matt Cutts showing us a Google Scooter
During the visit, Matt Cutts showed us how googlers sometimes traveled from one building to another. We weren’t allowed to take pictures once entering the buildings.

Some of my companions on a tour of the Googleplex
Some of the folks who joined me on the trip to the Googleplex Monday afternoon – Matt Inman and Rebecca Kelley of SEOMoz, David Zuls, and Susan Geraeds.

Barry Schwartz blogging at the SES
The crew at search Engine roundtable did a great job of covering the sessions at the conference, and I got a picture of Barry Schwartz furiously blogging away during the Search Engine Q and A on Links. Search engine representatives included Kaushal Kurapati of Ask, Ramez Naam from MSN, Adam Lasnik from Google (shown speaking), and Rajat Mukherjee from Yahoo. The presentation was moderated by…

Danny Sullivan models a pair of lederhosen
…Danny Sullivan, wearing a pair of lederhosen – as a result of a lost bet over the world cup.

6 thoughts on “Some Pictures from Sonoma, San Francisco, and San Jose”

  1. Thanks, Nadir.

    The wine was very good. I’m not a big wine drinker, but there’s something special about being on the same land that the grapes are grown upon, and blended, and fermented, that made them taste special. I have a much larger appreciation for wine and the people who grow it, now.

    I’d definitely recommend that people visit Sonoma or Napa valleys if they can. It was amazing seeing all of those grapes growing in the California sunshine.

  2. Hi Dave,

    Good to see you here.

    The conference was a lot of fun, and it was a pleasure to meet you there.

    Hopefully I’ll run into you again in San Jose next year.

  3. Looking at the pictures, may have to find my way to San Jose (sorry about the rhyming), let along London.

    Great pictures, great site. Keep an eye for you next year

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