Last month, a few friends and I returned to San Francisco for what has become an annual trip. Here's round two. We did it up right this time. Instead of renting a swanky honeymoon suite in the Mission District (which is one of the least swanky parts of town), we rented an Airbnb over near the Bridge. In fact, Golden Gate Park was right behind our flat! We had all the comforts of home, including some very interesting self-decor (poorly-drawn dog pics), a very fancy coffee grinder, and views of the morning fog rolling over the coastal side of the peninsula.
This time, I decided to go analogue, bringing only my nifty little film camera to document the trip. One problem: I forgot to order film before we left. So, I had to settle for crappy Fuji film from Walgreens down the street; that being said, I'm still quite happy with how the majority of this roll turned out.
The trip was a blast. We checked off some things on our San Francisco bucket list: We went to the top of the Coit Tower and caught some spectacular shots of the whole Bay Area; hit up Bourbon & Branch again, a speakeasy which serves some of the best cocktails in the city; we even ended up hailing the same Lyft driver we had last year, the odds against which are pretty astronomical. We took a long walk through Golden Gate Park, enjoying the numerous wildlife specimens, including bison, wild chickens, ducks, and a very large blue heron, which we witnessed eating not one, but two, moles right in front of us. Never trusting those birds again; they are decidedly not majestic anymore. One of the things on my personal list was a visit to Borderlands Books, a bookstore that sells fantasy and sci-fi books exclusively, and while there, I met Jeremy (see his awesome get-up below), who was so nice that I was compelled to support the independent local bookstore with a few purchases.
At one point, I split up from the guys and took the Caltrain down to San Jose to meet up with two of my best friends from college, where I snapped their first family photos with their new little girl, Eleanor (see the separate album under 'My Work'). When I returned to Frisco after my tour of the sunny Californian countryside, I reconvened with the guys for an expensive steak dinner that I can still taste, in celebration of our last night in the city.
On our last day, we met up with our old friends from last year; Karen and her now-fiance, Austin; for a day in the park, shooting film and catching up. All in all, it was a fulfilling trip. Already looking forward to my return to this beautiful city.