I grew up in Pleasanton (Civil War name, misspelled) and still have some family in Livermore. I moved to Massachusetts (from Sunnyvale) in 1980 and can't say I miss the Bay Area at all, but I have great memories of what it was like in the 50s and 60s.I lived in the Bay Area in the 1970s for a couple of years. I was in the semiconductor industry, and had to do my time in Silicon Valley! I was single, just out of college, and had a lot of free time. That gave me the opportunity to do a lot of exploring. As I was developing my fort avocation, I still traveled to the Bay Area a lot, and was able to schedule time on those trips to continue my research. As I approached retirement from my "real job," I started doing more training for NPS at GGNRA and used those trips to be able to continue my research.
A funny story: John Martini, a great friend and fantastic historian, sent me an email that one of the non-historic prison buildings on Alcatraz had been torn down, revealing parts of the sally port that had not been visible previously. He also sent me a great group of pictures! I called to my wife, who was in the living room; she came into the office and looked over my shoulder at the photos. I said, "Carol, we need to go to San Francisco!" She responded, "You're not going to get any argument from me!" We spent a week in the area climbing around the fortifications from all periods!
You have a great wife, a good sport.