Sondra and I lived in the Bay Area for almost 8 years -- going to school at Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley (just north of S.F. across the Golden Gate Bridge), pastoring a mission church which evolved into a constituted church (Community Baptist Church of Hercules), working for Bechtel Petroleum in San Pablo and Rodeo, pastoring the First Baptist Church of Rodeo later, and Sondra working as a driver/courier in the entire Bay Area (San Francisco/Oakland). This was during the years 1979 - 1986. Crystal was born while I was a student at Seminary. So, we have many wonderful memories of those days.
Sondra and I took on the role of tour guides for Pastor George Nelson and Pastor Abel Galvan for this little one-day jaunt this past Wednesday. We got up early and had breakfast at the hotel. Then we set off for Hercules, a little town just south of Vallejo in the East Bay. We drove up Redwood Road to the house we lived in. It has a little cul-de-sac court where the kids (Jason, Evan and Crystal) used to ride their bikes and play.
We then drove over the San Rafael-Richmond Bridge (past the San Quentin Prison) and down to the Seminary in Mill Valley. Our good friend, Don Nason, works there as the Maintenance Supervisor and we got to spend a few moments with him.
We drove over the Golden Gate Bridge and parked at the visitor parking area, as we wanted to walk on the bridge to see the breath-taking view over the waters of the Pacific. We drove through the Presidio and came up to the steep hills of the city. We could see the famous Coit Tower and the Ghiradelli Chocolate Factory as we parked in the lot at the Wharf. We looked over to Alcatraz, took some pictures and then had lunch at a restaurant on the Wharf -- shrimp, fish and chips, cole slaw and their famous sourdough bread!
After eeating, we drove through the Embarcadero area of downtown, seeing the Occupy San Francisco protests going on there. We then crossed the Bay Bridge back to the Oakland side and headed home.