A week ago I returned home from my first ever solo vacation. I went to San Francisco to visit my wonderful friends Angela and Quinn and explore a city (and state) that I had never been to before. Angela, who has lived there her whole life, took me to all the touristy places (Lombard Street, Alamo Square, Fisherman's Wharf), but also some lesser known but great spots. The first two days we walked all over the city, literally from one side of San Francisco to the other! It was exhausting but exciting at the same time. One of the first things on our list was seeing the mosiac steps in Angela's neighborhood. It was crazy to think about all the work that had been put into making the steps, but the end result was beautiful!
We of course went to Alamo Square to see the "Full House" houses. They were so cute and quaint, but there were so many people standing up on the hill taking pictures. I wonder if the people who live in them get annoyed that people are always photographing their house...
One of our favorite things was watching the sea lions on the dock at Pier 39. It was definitely the best free entertainment in town! The sea lion that is sitting up on the first dock definitely seemed to be the king of the pack (is that what you call a group of sea lions?) He was barking and picking fights with other sea lions. At one point, he wouldn't let any others jump up on the dock. It was highly intriguing to watch these wild animals so close up.
One of the last things that I did in SF was see the amazing murals in Clarion Alley in the Mission District. I was able to make my way there on my own with Angela's directions (and a little help from my iPhone GPS). There were so many inspirational murals, but I think this one was my favorite. The colors are so beautiful and the message "we're all in this together" is an important one.