Thursday, October 21, 2010

face melting good

I just got back from a weekend in San Francisco. I can honestly say it was the best time I have had in years. My friend Brandon and I left Portland at 5am Saturday morning, drove along the coast, and through the red woods. We stopped at a pretty epic diner in Humboldt county, shared some great stories, and made it to San Francisco after about 15 hours.

We got in late Saturday night, unloaded bags and bikes, and started walking up and down the hills of SF looking for a place to eat, incredible. I will admit I was a little intimidated by the thought of biking down, and up those same hills the next day. I was worried for no reason.

We got up at the crack of dawn the next day, hopped on our bikes and headed down to Pier 33. Alcatraz was waiting. I grew up watching the escape from Alcatraz, with my dad, and finally getting to go there was like a dream come true. It was incredible. It rained the whole day, but that didn't stop us. We spent about 14 hours on our bikes that day, all smiles the whole time. I wouldn't have it any other way :)

After Alcatraz we continued to bike around the city in the rain, through chinatown, by the waterfront, all over really. I think we both fell asleep extremely happy, and sore that night. 

We woke up to sunshine and warm weather Monday morning, we had decided the night before that a bike ride across the golden gate definitely had to happen, and after coffee and bagels at ground control, we headed out. I can honestly say I have never been so sore, and was struggling before I got warmed up on our way to the bridge. I had a moment after biking up a big hill where I decided a 20oz coffee before an all day bike ride was a bad idea. Bad, bad idea. 

Biking across the bridge with the sun in my eyes was wonderful. I wished my dad had been there, but now I have an excuse to go back! San Francisco is truly magical. A lot less bike friendly than I had imagined, very busy, but with great architecture, people and weather.

We biked back across the bridge, and down to Pier 39 where the sea lions sun bathe, and have their picture taken. So cute! Then we biked down Powell, and stopped by H&M, we both scored some great treasures before we headed back to our hotel to get cleaned up before the show. 

I missed Interpol twice before, and was definitely not gonna let it happen again. Brandon and I planned this trip about 3 months ago, and I'm so glad we did. I wouldn't change anything. We did everything to the fullest, it was non stop adventure and fun from start to finish. Many, many more adventures, and shows to come. 

Interpol was amazing, we were right up front, the sound was great, and I filmed most of the show. However it was incredibly loud, so the sound quality in my video is shit. I'll still share though. Enjoy <3

Clearly I have no shame. Non stop dance parties, no wonder I am exhausted. My face is also frozen to a permanent grin. It's quite fantastic! <3

Thank you Brandon for being the best adventure buddy ever, this weekend wouldn't have been nearly as fun without you!


Anonymous said...

Ah I'd love to see interpol! Lucky! x

Braxley said...

So lucky to see Interpol! I think the Sir Mix a Lot video made my day, seriously. I'm glad you had fun. <3

Jacqueline said...

What a fun weekend! My brother and his girlfriend live in San Fransisco and I have wanted to visit for yeaaars. I hope they still live there by the time I make it :)

Love and Turtledoves,

alicia said...

i love your alcatraz photos - the rainy day atmosphere was creepily perfect!

Kellee the Caffeinated said...

SF is sooo amazing!!! My brother and his g/f spent last week there and also went to Alcatraz!!! Glad you had fun! I am sore just from reading about all of your bike riding!

~The Mama Monster

Anonymous said...

I so badly want to go there. You have showed all the places I would like to visit. Someday I will be taking those exact same pics. Thank you for sharing :)

miss mardi nowak said...

Ha Ha! You guys look like you had a blast! Loved checking it out through your photos! xx

Erin Alaska said...

one of my absolute favorite places ever!!

Kari said...

soooooooooooooo.... next time you come out to the bay you HAVE to stop by Scrapbook Territory in Berkeley ;)

it looks like you had a blast!!!



Anonymous said...

I live in Humboldt so I have to know which diner you stopped at. I'm wondering if it's the same one in Arcata I regularly frequent. :)

morgan said...

beautiful photos, and i love your blog!
i'd love to visit san francisco, and portland especially. it looks like such a beautiful city.

Em said...

Haha this is the best thing I've seen it ages, it made me smile, WITH MY TEETH. That like never happens.

Jodie said...

It looks like you had a magical time :)
san fran looks amazing, ive always wished to visit there someday!
did you see the 'fullhouse' house?haha!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful pictures of such a wonderful experience.

Notes from the Republic said...

SF is amaaaaaazziinnnggg I could just eat my way through the city. What an awesome trip!!

Becky Farley said...

hey lil lady!! My sister is in love with her pumpkin portrait! Thank you ;)
All your photos are WONDERFUL ps - looks like so much fun!

AJD ∞ said...

I stumbled upon your blog via A Beautiful Mess [I'm looking for DIY projects] and I have to say, I love your tattoos. Next time I'm in Portland I am definitely stopping by Icon Tattoo to get some work done! Cute blog, by the way!

nicole said...

I'm sure I'm not the only one who wishes you updated more :] We miss your beautiful posts!

Isabel said...

I love your blog and I also miss new posts!
It would be great to get some crafting ideas for christmas!

Cheers from Germany

Marguerita Smokcum said...

my brother live in San Fran I've been to visit loads over the years and I have to say its one of favourite places in the world to visit:)

I'm going with my boyfriend this September, can't wait!