Monday, March 09, 2015

tourist trap

Spontaneity and ending up in unexpected places. (You rarely catch a local San Franciscan here.) But on the rare occasion, how fun it is to be tourist for the day! 
As we rode downhill on a cable car, I squealed about how much fun I was having, and the brakeman asked how long I was visiting for. 
"Oh, I live here. Practically my whole life actually." 

And then I continued talking about how much fun this all was! 

Photos: Pier 39, Fisherman's Wharf, Exploratorium (our starting point..)

Monday, February 23, 2015

mount saint helena revisited

Many, (many) years ago, I went rock climbing outdoors for the first time. Mt. St. Helena was the place, and I remember being in awe of the climbers I just met, just setting up top ropes. 
I went back there Sunday, the first time since that first outing. Sometime during the day, I thought of myself, that girl in 2008 first discovering rock climbing. It seemed so adventurous and impossible!  

I didn't realize what a big part of my life climbing has become, until I revisited this place. To compare and contrast me before and now, I see I have a lot to be grateful to climbing for.
Like the places you'll go. Weekend Yosemite and Tahoe trips became a regular thing. I've climbed around many places now, from Utah to Spain!
How it challenges you. I never shared about the times I've cried or freaked out, and all the times I "quit" climbing out of frustration. ( I like to think i'm getting stronger though)
And... The people you meet. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
So climbing. How I love thee.  And Mt. St. Helena, you hold a special spot!