We gathered with Zack’s extended family for a memorial service for Zack’s grandparents. His grandmother died recently, but I never met his grandfather, who died many years ago. The family rented a sailboat and we all went out on the San Francisco bay to scatter their ashes together.
We arrived several days early and stayed in a very cute hotel in Berkeley and got to meet up with my parents at Jack London Square. When the rest of the family arrived we stayed with them in a big Airbnb house.
There was a lot of wildfire smoke in the air while we were there, which you can see in a couple of the pictures, but we managed to get a remarkably clear day on the bay for the ceremony, with very little smoke and just a touch of fog.
Afterwards, Zack, his sister, and I drove up into the Berkeley hills to see their grandparents’ old house, and the new owner let us go in and look around, and see the sunset from the balcony out over the bay.
Toward the end of the trip I also got to meet up with an old friend in her new place in Oakland and meet her very sweet new kitty.