If you haven’t already noticed, San Francisco is one of my favorite cities in the world. The endless variety of cuisine, culture, art, and things to see keep my mind craving for the next visit. By the time you are reading this, it will have been about a week and a half since I last visited this beautiful city. I went on a day trip with my parents to the San Francisco Bay Area to run some errands and we ended up spending our afternoon on the Sausalito side of the Golden Gate Bridge. We had originally planned to drive up to Muir Woods since it was the last day that all national parks would be free admission (due to the National Parks Service’s centennial celebration) but traffic was insane and we would not have enjoyed the park with the amount of people visiting.
So instead, we decided to spend time at Fort Baker and enjoy the rest of the day. We parked our car in Fort Baker and explored on our own, with my mom near the Fort and my dad ran on some of the trails. I walked up to the bridge and even walked on part of it, taking pictures of the scenery. Coming back from the bridge, I saw a trail leading up to an overlook of the bridge (which I later found out to be Battery Spencer). Curiosity got the best of me and I followed the trail, excited to go on my own adventure. I had gone on this trail before, during high school running camp but I was walking instead of running. One of the runs of the camp was to run across the Golden Gate Bridge and back. I have done this three times, so the fact that I didn’t walk across the bridge this time around was perfectly okay with me.
My walk up the short, gradual, uphill trail took me about 15 minutes to finish. I was feeling pretty liberated because I was unplugged from the rest of the world, letting my mind wander to the possibilities of traveling on my own. One of my dreams is to travel the world on my own, so whenever I get the chance to explore a new place on my own it’s like I’m living a small part of that dream. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love going on adventures with my family and friends, but nothing beats the complete freedom of trekking out on your own.
Overall, my Sunday in the Bay was the best way to end my summer and get that one last adventure down in the books before school. As I am writing this, I am reliving the awesome moments, making me miss The City. I am back at school and my schedule is getting pretty busy. San Francisco, I’ll be back before you know it!