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|Brooklyn Hilary on the Road: Day 1 Los Angeles, California to San Francisco, California (390 miles)|
|Written by Hilary McHone|
|Wednesday, 03 June 2009 09:23|
Join Automotive Traveler's newest blogger Hilary McHone, AKA BrooklynHilary on Twitter--one of 100 agents participating in Ford's Fiesta Movement--as she pilots her 2009 Ford Fiesta.
It's been less than two weeks since I returned to California after my first cross-country trip. Today I set out on my next big adventure, to Seattle with stops in San Francisco and Portland. The feeling when I headed out Tuesday morning in my Ford Fiesta was one of joy. I like driving, I've learned! It's especially fun when the scenery is new. My goal for the day was to get to Emeryville around 6 PM where my friend Doug was to give me a tour of Pixar, where he works as a software engineer. In the interest of time I took I-5. Several people told me that it was the dull route, but I enjoyed it!
I moved to SoCal in November from the east coast. I grew up in New England and then lived in NYC for 17 years. I love the city and I'm used to being there, but a sense of calm comes over me when I'm driving through farmland. As a kid in Vermont, I saw mostly dairy farms and corn fields. Here I saw grapevines and fruit trees--I like seeing where our food comes from. The colors of the California landscape--golds and browns--are also completely different from what I'm accustomed to. Maybe it's the photographer in me, but I find it beautiful.
The drive from LA to San Fancisco was a breeze compared to some of the long legs I've driven so far in the Fiesta. I made it to Pixar, where I was given a visitor's pass that described me as a stranger from the outside! I met up with Doug, who I know from New York. He made the move west for the job at Pixar last summer and, I must say, it seems like a pretty sweet place to work. He showed me around and I took some photos and videos where it was allowed. There are characters from Cars, The Incredibles (which we posed with), and Monsters, Inc. While walking around Pixar, I saw employees getting around on scooters, rollerskates, and bicycles. I borrowed one of the Pixar bikes to travel with Doug from one building to another! I took advantage of the complimentary soda fountain and saw the heated swimming pool and one of the first Pixar computers. Through the entrance and up the stairs is an area dedicated to the new film Up. They call the area "the up side", which is entirely cute. There were models and drawings and photos from the production, including several of Peter Sohn, who the character of Russell was based on--the resemblance is uncanny! I haven't seen the film yet, but am now even more excited to.
After the Pixar tour, Doug and I went into San Francisco, where we walked around Fisherman's Wharf. We ate some chowder (I had New England, he had California), saw and heard the sea lions, and had a cocktail. The last time I was in San Francisco was over 10 years ago! I plan on spending more time there on my way back to LA. We headed home and hit the hay! A long drive to Portland on Wednesday...stay tuned for more!
Be sure to check out the high-resolution images from Hilary's Ford Fiesta Movement adventures in her Automotive Traveler image gallery "Agent #41."