The first segment of my trip is coming to a close. I flew to SFO on Tuesday, drove down the coast to Monterey, and visited our office in Castroville for the rest of the week. I've visited two awesome grantees, ran a grant team meeting with our local employees, and explored Central California. I wandered Carmel by the Sea, walked on the Monterey rec path, dipped my toes in the Pacific for the first time, ate endless seafood and artichokes, and explored the wharf near my hotel. It would be fair to say that I loved my time here, and I would happily come back any time.