San Francisco Road Trip

After having so much fun at WordCamp San Francisco, my wife and I decided to head out on a road trip back up to San Francisco, California. Along the way to San Francisco, we stopped for hiking in Aptos, our main hotel in Burlingame (right across the bay from SFO for some great airplane shots), Golden Gate Park (and the Conservatory of Flowers for some great close-up shots), the Automattic office, the Palace of Fine Arts, Coit Tower, and finally Solvang to see just how easy it is to turn a historic Danish community into an outdoor shopping mall.

For some reason, the auto-focus on my old camera decided that it was done with this world after the WordCamp trip, so I made this trip with my shiny new Nikon P500 and wound up with a ton of great photos to share. Feel free to also check out my roadtrip2011 tag for some more photos via my iPhone and the WordPress app’s awesome Quick Photo feature.

WordCamp San Francisco

You may have thought that the fun stopped after our St. Louis meetup, but you’d be wrong. A handful of us, myself included of course, immediately boarded a plane on the last day of our meetup bound for San Francisco, California to volunteer with more of our fellow Automatticians at WordCamp San Francisco.

WordCamp San Francisco is often thought of as the annual WordPress convention, and this year proved that to be no exaggeration. Thousands of people, from new users to developers alike, travelled from across the globe to attend all three days. The highlights for me definitely had to be meeting more of my co-workers and helping about eighty folks use WordPress for the first time in two workshops run by Happiness Engineer Andrew Spittle.

This was pretty much the end for my poor little camera, but I did manage to get a few decent shots off of it. For more photos, check out my wcsf2011 tag, and keep your eyes on WordPress.tv’s WCSF section for regularly added videos from this year’s WordCamp San Francisco.