This weekend was my first trip on an airplane for probably more than 18 months, and it's crazy to think that! Before this all started and the pandemic shut everything down, I was flying out to different places pretty regularly whether it was for work or for play. I was lucky enough to score a lot of miles through several work trips that made this small vacay out to San Fran essentially a free round trip. This weekend in particular was pretty spontaneous in nature where I impulsively said yes to coming out and my best friend also came along for the ride. (Ken graciously stayed home and took care of Kaylee)
We met up with some old friends from my college and Beijing days which was a reunion nonetheless. The itinerary of each day - Friday to Sunday was pretty packed. All in all, it was a nice break from everything else that's been going on. From motherhood, to transitioning jobs, to just a lot of things happening personally, I had a chance to "slow down" and refocus my days on exploring new places and things by breaking out of the normal routine.
Throughout the trip, we did a ton of walking! I think we racked up over 22 miles of steps. Our legs were sore! But the hiking and trekking around was well worth it. We hiked up on a trail in Pacifica and got a view of the ocean and mountains, while also going further south of San Francisco to Santa Cruz to see Sea Lions, and then heading back up Highway 1 to eat lobster rolls in Half Moon Bay. On Sunday, I took my best friend out to all of the staple touristy spots like Golden Gate Bridge, thePalace of Fine Arts, and can't forget good old China Town. Visiting the Bay area actually made me pretty jealous in the sense that it has so many beautiful places to walk around paired with the cool weather. However, I don't like the prices or the cost of living, if I could get over that I could definitely get used to the vibes of living there.
It was trip to remember and I'm so grateful for the friendships that made it such a heartwarming experience. It's nice to catch up with friends and see where they are, and how much we've grown, as well as looking forward to the future. With a lot of these friends I met them in my 20s, and we're now all heading into our 30s - it will be interesting to see where we'll be together in another 10 years. San Fran is always going to be a place that I'll want to go back to.