San Francisco Reflections from the Airport

June 12, 2013
San Francisco Reflections from the Airport - Sweet and Savoring

Heart in the rocks because I love San Francisco and it loves meeee!

Hi everyone! How have you allΒ been?

I’m sitting in San Francisco International Airport right now, and since I was nice and early for my flight, I thought I’d share some highlights.

Just for fun, I’m going in reverse chronological order, starting with this morning.

Sutro Bath ruins along the Pacific Coast, located right next to the famous Cliff House restaurant:

San Francisco Reflections from the Airport - Sweet and Savoring

So blessed with a warm, sunny morning and blue skies!


I ended this post, with Andy’s assistance, rather abruptly yesterday afternoon, so here’s the rest of it! (Side note: You guys, San Francisco International Airport is my favorite! I’m not an airport expert by any means, but it was so updated and clean, plus they had all these green initiatives. SFO is getting a post of its own, it’s that good.)

So! I started with two snapshots from my last morning in San Francisco.

Tuesday, my last full day, was filled with perfect blue skies, visiting quirky spots around the city, and photographing lots of random signs. In the evening, my friend/gracious hostess Ellen and I spent time with old friends across the Bay in Oakland.

San Francisco Reflections from the Airport - Sweet and Savoring

Doesn’t sepia work wonderfully in low light situations? πŸ™‚

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Cannot wait to share more of this out-of-this-world staircase!

San Francisco Reflections from the Airport - Sweet and Savoring

Just a smidgen of the view from Grand View Park, known locally as Turtle Hill. Can you spot the Golden Gate Bridge?

Monday was a nice relaxing day: slow morning, then a drive out of the city into Marin County, where we hiked at Mount Tamalpais State Park, popped into Stinson Beach, and enjoyed dinner with my aunt at her home.

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Yay for girl time!

The fog was pretty heavy that day, bit that just made glimpses of Tiburon, Angel Island, and San Francisco Bay that much more exciting when the sun did decide to peek through:

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Hiking the Old Stage Road at Mt. Tamalpais

Sunday was pretty chilly and windy and full of city wandering. We roamed in and around Golden Gate Park, Crissy Field, and the Palace of Fine Arts.

San Francisco Reflections from the Airport - Sweet and Savoring

Random and fabulous tattoo in the Haight that I had to capture (with permission and compliments!)

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It is possible to see the Golden Gate Bridge in its entirety sometimes, I promise.

San Francisco Reflections from the Airport - Sweet and Savoring

People kept on stopping and asking us if we wanted them to take our picture. How could we say no?

Saturday morning, I flew into San Francisco, and I promise I’m being accurate when I tell you that I was a total zombie the whole day after that. However! My exhaustion (up at 4, flight at 7:45, 3 hour time difference) did not stop me from jumping right in and sightseeing and photographing to my heart’s content.

We hung out at Delores Park:

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Someone selling cookies. I’m pretty sure this kind of sight is a regular occurrence in San Francisco πŸ™‚

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Friends!Β It was so nice to meet up at Delores Park, where the sun is apparently always shining

Oh, and if you think you love burritos and/or Mexican food, you pretty much have to eat in the Mission district. Our dinner there on Saturday night was my second time to this particular taqueria, and I was blown away by the freshness of the flavors- lime juice! Cilantro! Avocado! Pinto beans! Go here if you visit SF!

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Did I mention it’s delicious AND cheap? Because it is.

That was my San Francisco vacation in a nutshell. What a post! Slap-dash, not enough details, and not nearly enough photos. I haven’t even begun to tell you guys how happy I was to be there, or how I remembered what it’s to like to truly be in the moment when in a new(ish) place (would be lovely to put that into practice in everyday life!).

Also, I’m pretty happy to be back at home with Andy again πŸ™‚ We hadn’t had more than a night away from each other since we got married, so this was sort of a big deal. Ha! How nice it can be to miss your partner and return to them.

Enough cheese for now, darlings. Look for lots of travel/California specific posts over the next week or two!



The urge to travel feels magnetic. Two of my favorite words are linked: departure time. And travel whets the emotions, turns upside down the memory bank, and the golden coins scatter. Β –Frances Mayes

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  • Deb Rothaug June 13, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    So glad you shared some special moments of your California trip! The pictures are lovely, your are a super-talented photographer! I am happy for you, and may you have many more days when you truly enjoy being right where(ever) you are!

    • Christy June 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm

      Thanks mom- yep, it doesn’t happen often but there was some serious being-in-the-moment happiness and it was so great! More pictures and moments to come soon!

  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat June 14, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Awesome trip and beautiful photos! I’ve always wanted to go to SF! In fact, my husband and I were considering a vacation there this summer. I’ve heard nothing, but good things about it!

    • Christy June 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm

      Thanks, Holly! I hope you do get to go to SF- as you can already tell, I love it πŸ™‚ There are sooooo many great places to see and everyone that I talked to on the street, in parks, etc was so friendly! Plus there are tons of adorable dogs everywhere. And the food! If you want any tips/suggestions, let me know!

  • Dave Rothaug June 14, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Believe it or not, I have never been there. Your pics make me want to get to SF even more! Just moved it up a notch or three on my list of things to come.

    • Christy June 14, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      I actually can’t believe it, Dave. You must go! I’ll keep enticing you with more SF-related posts so it moves to the top of your list.

  • Danie at Pasadya June 20, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Aww, your trip looks like it was so fun! When I went to SF, we only got to stay in the downtown area, but we finally went to see that gorgeous area looking down on the Golden Gate Bridge on our last day. I’m going to have to explore more next time, just like you did!

    • Christy June 20, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      So glad you came over for a visit! There is so much to explore in the SF Bay Area that it can be hard to squeeze it as much as you want, I totally understand. And yes, the trip was a pretty good time πŸ™‚

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