Drinking Wine With Joe McNally

After surviving the pandemic, some rather serious surgeries, several weeks of physical therapy, and broken bones (bike crash), Kongo Monkey returns to his blog after a trip to Northern California for a photo workshop with the incomparable Joe McNally. This week-long adventure to San Francisco and the Napa Valley was the perfect get-out-of-the-treehouse romp to get the monkey back into an unZoomed world.

Joe makes a point during a demonstration
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Sausalito Houseboats

On the start of a long weekend in San Francisco, Kongo flew into Oakland and drove over to Sausalito to do a little sight-seeing and time killing before checking into the hotel in downtown San Francisco.

While there, he visited the floating neighborhood in Sausalito where adventurous souls make their home on the water.  These aren’t just normal homes…these are homes that float.

Here are some of the more interesting places.  By the way, anyone can see these just by walking down the pier (park someplace close to Gate 5 Road) and just head out exploring.

Learn all about the houseboats and how to get there here.

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San Francisco Skylines

It was an absolutely gorgeous weekend in San Francisco. Now, as Kongo pecks away at his iPad at 35,000 feet on the way to MSP with Moby in his earphones the memories still linger. Kongo grew up in the Bay Area and comes back to visit two or thee times each year. All visits are great but the crystal clear weather, the warm days, and the ever beautiful San Francisco light was something special.

To those who really know and love the City it is always called San Francisco. Never ‘Cisco, Frisco, or San Fran. It’s a lady. It’s always San Francisco. When you are in the Bay Area and someone asks you where you are staying, you can respond with, “The City.”. There’s really nothing else. While Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, and others have their charms, there is only one “The City.”

Is that a bit of snobbery? Absolutely.

Enjoy. Travel safe. Have fun.


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