California 2018: Day 1

The Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, sourdough bread… what’s not to love about San Francisco? If you didn’t guess already, this is where I’ll be spending the next few days. I have been here twice before, but my last visit was in 2011. I was originally going to go to Iceland this week, but a combination of things kept that out of the running for this summer. Shortly after I decided to skip Iceland, I watched a movie that showed the San Francisco skyline and next thing I knew… the trip was booked!

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Golden Gate Bridge from Coit Tower

My day started around 3:15 this morning, and I’ve been going strong ever since. My Uber driver this morning was an 8th grade math teacher, so the 5AM trip to the airport was actually quite enjoyable. After an uneventful 6 hours in a metal tube, my second Uber experience was quite the opposite. It started with the driver swearing at the woman he almost hit when he pulled up to pick me up and continued as he swerved in and out of traffic for 30 minutes. Safe and sound and out of the car at the hotel, I dropped off my luggage and started my trek around San Francisco.

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Pier 7, San Francisco

According to Google Maps, I put about 6 miles on my sneakers today. I walked from the hotel to the Ferry Building and generally followed the Embarcadero to Ghirardelli Square before walking back to the hotel. Along the way, I climbed the Filbert Steps to Coit Tower (I have no idea how many steps there are – and Google is no help on this one – but it’s easily in the hundreds!), visited a few sea lions at Pier 39, had some traditional San Francisco sourdough at Boudin Bakery, and wandered along the waterfront. To say I’m exhausted tonight is an understatement! It’s only 6PM and I’m ready to curl up in bed and catch up on the Bachelorette! 🙂 I’m hoping for a good night’s sleep so I can hit the ground running in the morning!

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