Virtual Friends Become Real Life Friends


Virtual Friends Become Real Life Friends

Susan Cooper

When I began blogging on Blogger many many moons ago there was a very special person who began following and commenting on my blog. To this day I have no idea how she found me, but find me she did. We became very close friends. We did not see the lack of our meeting in person impacting our relationship in any way.

One day Susan Cooper decided to invest some of her precious air miles and bring me to California to meet her in person. I cannot tell you how excited I was. I was finally going to meet one of my virtual BFF’s in person. There is also the side benefit that I got to meet Elizabeth Scott and Doreen Pendracs as well. 🙂

So what follows – although late since this took place the first of October this year – is a brief chronicle of our adventures together during that very special week. A huge Thank You to Susan Cooper for making this happen and making it a most spectacular time for everyone!

Susan & Cheryl Selfie

I was the first of Susan’s house guests to arrive. Yeah, I got have her all to myself for an entire day! How did we spend our time? We went on a tour of San Francisco. We chose a bus tour and then a bay tour. One of my favorite things to do is look at building architecture. The bus tour was absolutely perfect for this! Not so perfect for taking photos through the bus windows so photos are not so great.

Trolley Car Yes. I know. That is a Trolley Car, not a building. But what is a visit to San Francisco without a photo of at least one of their famous Trolley Cars, am I right?


Brown Bldg More Bldgs I was not able to get a decent photo that shows how the streets of San Francisco are so steep that the houses are built like stair steps and cars have to take care how they place their wheels against the curbs when they park. You can actually get a ticket for parking the wrong way. Yes. Because it is dangerous on those steep streets.

Aerial View of SF

SF Aerial View

During our bay tour we got up close to the famous Alcatraz. Amazing and creepy at the same time.


Let’s not forget the Golden Gate Bridge!

Golden Gate Bridge

There was lunch at Fisherman’s Warf and Ferry rides, too. It was a great day!

Then Elizabeth Scott came to join us. Another virtual BFF!

Elizabeth & Cheryl Selfie We spent some time in Old San Francisco while waiting for Doreen Pendracs to arrive.

Susan Shopping Elizabeth Fun Elizabeth modeling So sorry Elizabeth… I could not resist! 🙂

Old SF Old SF 2 Flower Boxes I had never seen flower boxes built into shop walls before.

Doreen Pendracs is the queen of fine chocolate. She travels the world researching and writing about it. Yeah, it’s a tough life. So how did we spend our time once Doreen arrived? We visited wineries of course!

Doreen & Susan Wine Tasting

Susan Elizabeth Doreen

One of our gracious hosts… This cutie sang to us. Yes. He was actually good.

Our Singing Host Vineyard It was very cool to actually be standing in a vineyard…

This photo was taken of the vats during ‘crush’. I know very little about wine and how it’s made so I cannot explain what ‘crush’ is. I can tell you that the smell of it is overpowering for those not accustomed to it. Yes. That would be me.

Inside Winery During Crush

One of the wineries we visited put together this delightful tray of goodies to go with the wine being tasted.

Cheese Plate

When we were not visiting wineries we were still having a great time with friends. Susan really knows how to throw a party!

Susan as Hostess


We even enjoyed ‘Girls Night Out’… Doreen provided some fine chocolate tasting. Oh yeah…

Girls Night Out

The sad part is that all good things must come to an end. Everyone had a great time and Susan was an outstanding hostess!

Thank you Susan for a fabulous and memorable trip. You are truly special my friend. I can’t wait until we can do this again. 🙂

One last very important note:

Susan Cooper has a new book out! You really need to check it out if you are a fan of her stories like I am. You can get it for Kindle or in paperback on Amazon .

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  1. Our biggest cheerleaders and friends come into our lives, often when we least expect it.

    • Geek Girl says:

      You got that right! 🙂

  2. JeriWB says:

    That's so incredible that you were able to meet in person. Thanks for sharing all of the great pics. It really is true that we can never really know the many ways that people will enter our lives and have a positive impact. Blogging is really great that way.

    • Geek Girl says:

      When I really think about it blogging did not come into my life all that long ago. It has been an amazing experience with some very special people. You included Jeri. 🙂

  3. change it up editing says:

    What a wonderful trip, Cheryl! I grew up in the Bay Area, so I love seeing all those photos of places I miss. But meeting blogging friends–I'm jealous! I told my sweetie the other day that I don't get lonely working alone at home because I feel as though I have many friends just a click away. Hope I'll be lucky enough to meet some in person one day, too!

    • Geek Girl says:

      This trip was a long time coming. You always have a bit of anxiety hoping that the person you think you know will be the same in person. For us it was just as we had hoped and dreamed it would be. We felt like we had known each other forever.

      Glad you enjoyed the pictures. 🙂

  4. Love this stor!. Pity I'm not living in the US since it would have been great to get together with you all!

    • Geek Girl says:

      Perhaps one day we will all meet. It would be great fun I am sure. 🙂

  5. Susan Cooper says:

    It was an amazing time with an amazing friend, you. The time flew by MUCH to fast. Now I only wish you lived closer. 🙂

    • Geek Girl says:

      I agree. Living closer would be wonderful!

  6. cassi9879b says:

    Glad you were able to get together and meet in person. It looks like you had a great time!

  7. Lovely post, Cheryl. It was so great meeting you, Susan, and Elizabeth. How lucky we were to be the recipients of Susan's gracious hospitality and Elizabeth's great wit! Would definitely LOVE to do it again!