San Francisco is one of my favorite places to visit, specifically for the weather and terrain. I’ve been there enough over the years to appreciate the good along with the bad, which is why I no longer want to live there anymore. A fine place to visit, yes; to live, no. I had some friends that were long time residents of downtown San Francisco – having been there since the psychedelic paisley days of the late 1960s –whom decided to shutter their businesses, sell their home, and relocate far away from all of the crime, drugs, and homelessness that have inundated San Francisco in recent years. Which is a crying shame because it’s such a stunning city to experience.
Photo info: Golden Gate Bridge Fort Point National Historic Site San Francisco, California May 2003 Canon PowerShot G3 digicam
During one of my extended business conferences many years ago in Sausalito, some of the other attendees and I decided to make an early morning break for it, take a cab to the south-side of the bridge, hike back across to the north-side of the bridge in the pre-dawn hours, then hug the shoreline all the way back to the conference center. It took us a couple of hours, but it was oh-so-worth-it.
Walking across the bridge was a lot colder than the photos imply, as the wind was brisk and the air was quite cool. However, the view was amazing in the pre-dawn light. We could see ship traffic on the bay beneath us, Alcatraz Island toward the right of the frame further out, and the mountains rising behind Berkeley in the far distance – along with gorgeous clouds announcing the coming dawn.
I would do that walk again in a heartbeat.
Photo info: The Golden Gate Bridge in the Pre-Dawn Hours Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center San Francisco, California May 2008 Fujifilm FinePix F31fd digicam
Photo info: San Francisco Bay From the Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco, California May 2008 Fujifilm FinePix F31fd digicam
Many years ago I visited Sausalito several times per year for a lengthy and intense business conference, which was quite draining mentally and emotionally. Since the conference usually dragged well into the evening hours, early morning each day was the only time I had to recharge for the next conference onslaught. I would get up before dawn, grab a steaming cup of Starbucks, and meander around the shoreline – looking for photo opportunities and scenes of beauty to brace me for the rest of the day.
Photo info: Sunrise over San Francisco Bay Yee Tock Chee Park Sausalito, California November 2007 Fujifilm FinePix F31fd digicam