My friend and former roommate (and one of my most trusted advisors, confidantes, and troublemakers) got engaged last week. Devon lives across the country, so while we chatted on the phone the day of, I wanted to put some good vibes and congratulations out into the universe via the social media sphere.
While looking for a picture to post from our past adventures, I stumbled upon a folder from her visit to San Francisco. The photos made me seriously nostalgic for SF and also made me really miss my friend. Adventures in a new place can be totally exhilarating, but it can also be rough when you're far away from loved ones - especially when you want to celebrate a new chapter in life.
So in lieu of an in-person celebration, I decided to pot some of my favorite photos from our weekend in San Francisco. Here's to you, DMarie - congratulations, a (very) belated thank you for visiting me on the West Coast, and may we have many more adventures - in California and otherwise - in the years to come!
The following photos were taken during a weekend of San Francisco sightseeing in the spring of 2014.
Devon was in town, yes, to visit me, but also to do some buying for the boutique she started in East Lansing, Michigan, where we attended college. She manages to balance store ownership and her full-time gig as a PR director in higher education. It goes without saying that her life is crazy busy - so her visit was an awesome opportunity to have an entire long weekend together (and to tag along on some of her store-related stops in the City).
The weather was absolute shit for her entire visit - but even with gloomy days and substantial showers, there were great views to be had, including the sights from the top of Lombard Street (above) and at the Painted Ladies / Postcard Row at Alamo Square Park (below), made famous by the Full House intro.
Dev's visit was an opportunity to show off some of my favorite spots in SF, but it was also a great chance to trek out to sights and landmarks that I hadn't visited yet - like the tiled mosaic stairs at 16th Ave and Moraga in Sunset neighborhood.
The steps are a work of art, and from the top (and even midway) of the staircase, the view extended over the Sunset, across Golden Gate Park, past the Richmond and the Golden Gate Strait, all the way to the Marin Headlands.
Speaking of the Golden Gate, we had to make a stop at the bridge, which was still looking mighty fine, despite the unpleasant weather. We skipped the lookout on the San Francisco side and opted to head over to Marin. Given the wind and rain, the drive and the site were fairly deserted, which meant more parking spots and photo opportunities for us.
Embarking on a weekend of adventures with one of my best friends was incredible in and of itself - but there was this extra little something that came from viewing my (relatively) new home base through the eyes of an visitor.
When I first moved to SF, everything was amazing - the hills and houses I passed on a daily basis, the flowers blooming on fences and front porches - EVERYTHING. While that never really went away, experiencing the city's signature landmarks (and my everyday sights) through the eyes of a visitor reminded me to take note of that "something special" in everything - even the view on my heavy-breathing uphill slog from BART.
I definitely miss SF - some days more than others. On the plus side, it's not a terrible drive from my new location outside Sacramento (I was able to visit just this past weekend). It turns out I have a TON of San Francisco photos hidden away on my hard drive, a few subfolders deep. I'm sure I'll get around to posting them here eventually.