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flowers in your hair…

When I was 14, my father, brother and I took a drive down to California for New Years. We hit Seattle as it got dark out and I’d never seen a sight like it. The lights. The skyline. It was a sight I’d never forget. At Eugene, we took a right and went over to the Oregon coast, stopping at little fishing villages for lunch and sleeping in the car in gas station parking lots. I was over the moon when we got to San Francisco. I was star-struck about a city. Haight-Ashbury. Hippies. Peace. Summer of Love. Grateful Dead. Janis Joplin. The Filmore. Monterey International Pop Music Festival.

But we just blew through the city because we didn’t have time to stop. I wanted to experience San Francisco. I wanted to go to Alcatraz.

Leah and Simon live there and since I’m not sure when I’ll ever get back to San Francisco, here’s a great post and some beautiful images that are miles above what I would be able to take, if given the chance.

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  1. Aw, thanks! You should definitely make plans to come back someday.

  2. Thanks for the link: the writing and images are stunning.

    I’m hoping to make it to Chicago sometime soon, too. It’ll probably be a work thing, though. Not as much fun as a vacation thing.

    I definitely need to go on more vacation things.

  3. Seattle is pretty, indeed. As is San Fran. Or, so I hear. I’ve been wanting to visit for ages. : )

  4. Ah…..San Fran. I had a very similar trip with my dad when I was 7 so the memories of SF were vague. Luckily we were just there in October. The weather was beautiful and wow did we ever have a good time. You can fly return into Oakland from Spokane for $400 canadian on Southwest Airlines then take the BART into downtown SF.
    Do it!!!

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