Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Raw Dog hits the bay!

Well, it's been quite a week here in Raw Dog land. My sister and I just wrapped up a brief tour of the central California coastal area pet boutiques for some hot reconnaissance and networking action.

I drove down from Oregon last Thursday to attend my baby sister's college graduation, then after some family time over the weekend, we took off in the awesomest car ever created... a bright orange convertible VW new Beetle.

California very helpfully provided us with absolutely pristine and spectacular weather, we couldn't have asked for a nicer excuse to drive with the top down.
Our first stop was the fabulous Argonaut hotel--free in-room yoga kits greatly appreciated. We spent two gorgeous days hanging out in San Francisco, which is one of my very favorite places in the world. We hit up a couple amazing little shops and had a couple beers with friends Jon and Brigette, owners of Diablo who sports a custom set of Raw Dog gear.

After San Francisco, we headed to Santa Cruz for one more boutique stop and a night at an awesome little 50's beach mod motel with a gorgeous view of the ocean. The next day we did a bit more exploring and headed on home.

These trips are an awful lot of fun, and I'm making a lot of good contacts around the country... but it sure does reinforce how nice it is to be home.

Next stop: Minnesota in November, a return to California in December, and possibly Virginia/Washington DC in January. After that, I hope to stay in one spot for a good, long time. ;0)