West coast road trip

The CLEO conference in San Jose went well, after a short but great day in San Francisco. Finally is it over. For those, who could not attend but are interested in the research results which I presented, one of my talks was recorded and is available for subscribers at www.cleoconference.org. From San Jose we also made a short one-day visit to colleagues in Stanford, which is closeby.

Then the fun part began: We turned our back to the bay area, heading towards Yosemite. The national park really kept its promise. Impressive falls, now in May carrying plenty of water. The sequoias, the biggest trees which I have seen up to now, next to which we humans look tiny as ants.

Our next stop was Monrerey at the Pacific coast. There we have visited the most impressive aquarium. 25 dollars for entrance is more than nothing, but definitely worth it. Next, we started off along the highway no. 1 southward. The street is a sight itself, featuring deep cliffs on the right hand side and a nearly Irelandesque hilly meadows landscape to the left. Heading towards Santa Barbara, our next stop, where for the first time we have enjoyed the long white Pacific beaches in beautiful sunshine.

Now, from there we continued our west coast journey further to the South, following freeway no. 1. Along the beaches of Malibu, Santa Monica, towards Los Angeles and Pasadena where we just arrived today. Tomorrow, respectively on Monday a week of work back at Caltech will finish my current stay in the US. I hope it will be as productive as the last week has been enjoyable. [flickrset id=“72157629802384830″ thumbnail=“square“ photos=““ overlay=“true“ size=“medium“]The CLEO conference in San Jose went well, after a short but great day in San Francisco. Finally is it over. For those, who could not attend but are interested in the research results which I presented, one of my talks was recorded and is available for subscribers at www.cleoconference.org. From San Jose we also made a short one-day visit to colleagues in Stanford, which is closeby.

Then the fun part began: We turned our back to the bay area, heading towards Yosemite. The national park really kept its promise. Impressive falls, now in May carrying plenty of water. The sequoias, the biggest trees which I have seen up to now, next to which we humans look tiny as ants.

Our next stop was Monrerey at the Pacific coast. There we have visited the most impressive aquarium. 25 dollars for entrance is more than nothing, but definitely worth it. Next, we started off along the highway no. 1 southward. The street is a sight itself, featuring deep cliffs on the right hand side and a nearly Irelandesque hilly meadows landscape to the left. Heading towards Santa Barbara, our next stop, where for the first time we have enjoyed the long white Pacific beaches in beautiful sunshine.

Now, from there we continued our west coast journey further to the South, following freeway no. 1. Along the beaches of Malibu, Santa Monica, towards Los Angeles and Pasadena where we just arrived today. Tomorrow, respectively on Monday a week of work back at Caltech will finish my current stay in the US. I hope it will be as productive as the last week has been enjoyable. [flickrset id=“72157629802384830″ thumbnail=“square“ photos=““ overlay=“true“ size=“medium“]