Friday, 4 July 2014

Back from the US of A

On Tuesday we returned to the UK after spending almost a month in America. The reason for the visit was a reunion of the IBM ITSO (International Technical Support Organisation) that I worked for when I was on assignment in San Jose. California. Over 80 people attended the reunion coming form 18 countries and the span of service ran from 1972 to the present day. The reunion ran for four days, starting on Wednesday 11 June and ending on Saturday 14 June. It was a great occasion and it was wonderful to catch up with friends from across the globe.
When we decided to attend we thought that we might as well make it special, as you get older you are never quite sure how health will affect travel. So we started in Boston, then flew to San Jose for the reunion, then it was off to Tahoe to spend time with our friends Joan and Bruce, then to Yosemite National Park for four nights then back to SJ spending the last four nights with our friends Tim and Pat. They put on a party for us on the final Saturday - a great event. All in all a wonderful holiday one we will remember for many years.

View form our balcony in Boston

We did a walking tour!

View of the city from the harbour

Jazz Sunday brunch in Salem

Pacific Grove - we loved going there

Julia with friends at the reunion

At the Wente winery for dinner - I was MC

View from the our friends deck at Tahoe

Joan and Bruce with Teddy and Julia

Bodie, a deserted mining town on the way to Yosemite

Overlooking Mono lake

Half Dome from Tioga Pass

In the giant sequoia's

Nevada Falls

Tim and Pat