We flew in to San Francisco a few days after we were married in late October. I kind of had to be talked into the trip, because when I was maybe 15 I decided that I had no interest in the state because I had "east coast sensibilities." I'm not sure what I thought that meant. Hedge funds? Private school? Dunkin' Donuts?
Either way, I've been to both coasts now, and none of my teenage notions hold up to any real scrutiny, because I love them both for reasons I wouldn't have ever considered.
Here are some reasons San Fransisco is great:
- Plants I grow in my house grow outside and they are bigger than I am.
- You can be in the city and then at the ocean, pretty much just like that.
- Go north of town, drive through a neighborhood, go down a hill that you're pretty sure is not safe for motor vehicles, you're in a National Monument full of redwood trees.
- The hills are great for your glutes and also for unbeatable vantage points.
- Drive four-ish hours east. See Half Dome from the Yosemite Valley.
- Get any kind of food you want, it's probably just around the corner.
- Public transportation.
- So many good doggos.
- So much good bouganville.
- Never stop singing "Everywhere You Look" everywhere you look.
- A guy outside of a cafe on a Wednesday morning drinking champagne.
- The Musée Mécanique is the best place to spend $5 in the whole world.
- Just kind of wing dinner plans and end up at the top of Lombard Street after you had resigned to not getting to go up Lombard Street.
- Just kind of wing everything and still have a very fun time.
One thing San Fransisco needs to improve upon:
I have far too many photos for one post, and I like them far too much to edit them down to make one reasonable sized blog entry, so I'm going to share them in two parts. Here's Part One: San Francisco, Muir Woods National Monument and Muir Beach, Maverick's Beach, the Golden Gate Bridge via Marshall's Beach, the Musée Mécanique, a Giant Camera that is also a holograph museum, Sutro Baths, etc. I'll post photos from our visit to Yosemite next week.