San Francisco: A Photo Diary

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This week, I’m going to take a moment to throw it back to my first ever solo trip to San Francisco! This trip was over a year and a half ago, and I still haven’t shared most of my photos of this beautiful city.

Now, this is really saying something, because I am a live-in-the-moment kind of guy. I’m the last person to take out my phone and snap a photo of a sunset or cappuccino. (That’s not to say I judge those who do… because I truly love scrolling through those little glimpses of life. It’s just not how I do things.)

This is to the chagrin of my mother, whose “Send lots of pictures!” texts are often met with silence. (Sorry, Mom!)

Special shout-out to Damon & Jo for inspiring me to Shut Up and Greyhound all the way from L.A. (for only $17)!

Ah, the classic San Francisco streetcar! (That I didn't want to wait in a ridiculous line for... almost all of this trip was completed on foot, resulting in calves that could cut DIAMONDS.)
I found so many sneaky spots to catch a glimpse of the city from above. Stop 1: Above the de Young Museum. Free to get up if you tell an employee that you're only there for the observation deck!
Stop 2: Coit Tower! $9 to get to the top (a bit steep, so this one you can skip if necessary). There is an elevator that takes you all the way up to the top!
If you're a lucky duck like me, you might accidentally stumble into the yearly Cherry Blossom Festival in Japantown.
Booty Workout Avenue, A.K.A. Lombard Street, or, the crooked one that you've seen a million picture of.
Refueling with a bowl from Nourish Cafe... which definitely became a daily ritual during my trip.
Spent several hours in plant paradise, or as it's officially known, the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park!
Oh, and did I mention the butterfly garden??
National AIDS Memorial Grove with names of victims engraved into the path. If you've never seen the movie "The Normal Heart," I highly recommend giving it a watch. (Bring tissues!)
Paid a visit to the Kerouac Museum, which was perfectly timed because I began reading "On the Road" on the bus ride up!
Sixteenth Avenue Staircase, which was conveniently close to my Airbnb. Again, more bootywerk.
This staircase leads up to Grand View Park, which is aptly named! This bench literally makes you feel like you're sitting on top of the city. And it also reminds me of the historic bench scene from (500) Days of Summer... "It just wasn't me that you were right about." Damn, give me a moment. *Sniffles*
If you didn't take one of these photos, did you even go to San Francisco?? (Hint: the answer is yes!)
Found the elusive meditation circle! Bonus points if you remember this Damon & Jo video.
"Life Death/Knows Doesn't Know" by Bruce Nauman at SF MOMA. Not pictured: creepy Tinder date who got very upset when I didn't want to go back to his place to watch history documentaries.
Classic public transit, the MUNY. There is a reason that locals have given it the catch phrase, "It's almost as fast as walking!"
That moment when the park next to the Painted Ladies is closed for renovation...
A little picnic & reading before heading to the airport... (R.I.P. this amazing queer magazine).
And last but not least... Le Golden Gate. I fantasized about riding a bike across to the redwood forests, but mainly just sat here writing and daydreaming.
I’ve been planning my next trip to San Francisco since I returned from this one. My only question is… who’s coming with me?!

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