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NorCal Done Right: Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco


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Leadership Academy students got a break from their academic pursuits to visit the coastal town of Monterey. While the weather did not cooperate and relaxing on the beach was not an option, everyone had a good time wandering through the various local shops and purchasing gifts for friends and family.

Following Monterey, the students toured the University of California, Santa Cruz. The campus had a forest feel to it with a beautiful view of the ocean. After a long day of travel, the students capped off the night by going to the movies.

After a full day of travels, the students got a much-needed day of rest on campus. They toured Stanford University, and learned about the various landmarks on campus and the challenges and opportunities that await them should they choose to apply and attend. In the afternoon, some students relaxed by the pool while others went back to Palo Alto.

On Sunday, the students returned to San Francisco for a longer time. They rode a famous cable car, a must for any visit, saw the city from Russian Hill (which included views of Alcatraz, Lombard Street, and the Golden Gate Bridge), and journeyed throughout the city for a bit of free shopping time. They had lunch at In ‘N’ Out burger, the classic California burger joint. After a long afternoon of walking, students relaxed in the evening with games of ninja, telephone, and mafia.

-Andrew Bannister (Photos by Brittany Knotts)

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