Tuesday, September 8, 2009
We came into San Fran from the north. Bursting out of Waldo tunnel I was knocked breathless by my first sight of the Golden Gate Bridge. Fog was rolling over the hillside like a kettle boiling over. On such a massive scale, it was like nothing I'd ever seen before. Driving over the bridge was surreal. I turned and said to Lindsay, "We gotta move here."
So, I must confess that Lindsay and I had somewhat of an ulterior motive for doing this cross country tour. We've been thinking about moving to a new city for a while now and this was a good excuse for us to scope out a bunch of new places.
If any one place we visited on this tour really grabbed us, it was San Francisco. The cool, beautiful weather, the progressive, artistic culture, the laid-back, unpretentious vibe, the sweet vintage clothing stores... what's not to love? Oh yeah, the ridiculously high cost of living, the junkies, the fact that California is going bankrupt and it may be impossible to find a job... Oh well, every city has it's pros and cons I guess.
We spent most of our time hanging out in the Haight, the Mission, and Golden Gate Park. We stayed with our friend Jason in the Mission and played a fantastic house show with John Heart Jackie (the same lovely duo we played with in Portland). We had such a great parking spot near our friend's place in the Mission that we decided to carry our gear on foot to the house show. It was about a 25 minute walk and on the way back a wheel popped off Lindsay's keyboard case. Needless to say our hands and arms were quite sore the next day.
Here's some photos Lindsay snagged one day heading out of the city at sunset: