So far, we have spent most of our time in the San Francisco and it’s neighboring cities. Therefore, we decided to do a road trip and set out for Portland and Seattle — 800 miles to the north of San Francisco.
We started our tour at the northern viewpoint of the Golden Gate Bridge enjoying the panoramic view of San Francisco and the bay. After reaching the Pacific Ocean, we stopped at glass beach. It is named after small glass stones covering some areas of the beach. Those stones are the remains of people dumping trash into the ocean in the early 20th century. Back on the road, highway 101 revealed a beautiful countryside ranging from steep coasts to lush forests. We stopped many times to marvel at the redwoods along the way. These trees easily live more than 1000 years and are the tallest trees in the world. They even defy wildfires. The next day we made another detour to visit the deep blue Crater Lake. It is located within an inactive volcano crater and it’s surroundings are completely covered in snow.
In the evening we finally reached Portland and explored the lively brewing scene of the city. We stayed at “Bailey’s Taproom”, because they offer plenty local and experimental beers on tap. During the next day we wandered around town. Among other things we tried the food trucks that can be found all over the city and visited Powell’s Books — the largest independent bookstore in the world. Later that day, we moved on to Seattle.
Luckily, Seattle’s brewing scene is as lively as Portland’s and we spent the evening visiting several microbreweries. During the day we took a free city tour with a great communicative guide that taught us about Seattle’s past and present. Also, we had a coffee on the 40th floor of a skyscraper.
Portland and Seattle are both great progressive towns that are worth a visit. We could imagine staying there, if it wasn’t for San Francisco’s great weather. Also, we were impressed by the countryside of the northwest. If you step out of the cities, you can find a wealth of national parks and natural sights.
San Francisco and the bay area are full of well-known tech companies. This space is very unique and unmatched by anywhere else in the world. We really enjoy the developer community that has been established. For almost any technology, the city has a regular meetup. Some tech companies open up their offices for these events, which allows us to peak into different company cultures.
In early November we attended Launch Hackathon in San Francisco. Within 48 hours we created a prototype for Problemkind, a web-app that let's you publish problems that cost you money, time or bother you in any other way. We really enjoyed getting to know the other contestants and seeing what they came up with.