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Published: July 31st 2012
The feeling inside you just continues to grow and it can be ignored quite successfully at times, but yet it is always there. The need. And with it comes the accompanying discussions and planning on how to do it, and more importantly, when. By now you have been reading long enough to know exactly what we’re talking about. It’s time to go out and have a big look around again. And so we find ourselves, at the cusp of another adventure.
It consumes our thoughts at times and begs to be recognized. When this is all sorted out and pretty much finalized, it’s time to go. This is where we find ourselves. But now we have to say goodbye to that City by the Bay, and all the great memories and friendships known. Incredibly fortunate to have lived fifteen months in a place that should rank on everyone’s list of places to experience; Northern California. This is one serious venue to walk away from, given all the ways to satisfy almost any interest, and by the way, did we mention the weather’s pretty reasonable too? We also caught a break thanks to a drier than normal winter, which allowed even
more exploration. We were truly kids in a candy store. So much to look at with never enough time for it all.
San Francisco is truly unique and there are few major cities that we’ve come to know that match up with its shear appeal. Walter Cronkite (Uncle Walter to generations of Americans) said that, “leaving San Francisco is like saying good bye to an old sweetheart. You want to linger as long as possible.
” But Kipling said it best, “San Francisco has only one drawback. Tis hard to leave.”
Everyday experiences were special. The simplest of voyages produced something pleasant to take in. An example is the Golden Gate Bridge. Every time we crossed, it took on a different appearance from the last time. Shrouded in fog or haze only brought out a more fascinating glimpse of arguably one of the most famous bridges in the world. MJ’s drive to work revealed a peaceful drive along the marshlands and estuary’s. She loved the number of hawks, ducks, ibis, egrets, bluebirds, and the red winged blackbirds she encountered on the drive and the occasional deer grazing at sunset.
On any given weekend, the choices are
aplenty. The wine country, located barely an hour from our apartment, is to experience not only the grape, but also wonderful vistas and quality cuisine. Coastal drives on a clear day are equally stunning whether you are north or south of the city. And only twenty minutes away, the city provides incredibly diverse offerings; everything from serious blues at Lou’s Blues, to the museums, to the Wharf, to Chinatown.
Special thoughts to Denise and Galen, Andre and Linda, and many, many others. Your friendships are very dear to us and make us realize how lucky we are to know you all as we travel.
We’ve also had the remarkable good luck in meeting several TravelBloggers who were in the midst of their journeys, but even more fabulous was to become friends with some special TBers. To Brendan and Ali, a gas to meet you and become your friends! bvchef
; thanks for letting us into your life, if only for a moment. Perhaps we can experience more together.
But the time has grown near and your mind can ping pong from focusing on the drive to work, to wondering
how many pairs of socks you should pack, to wondering if you’ll find some new fish to eat while in Iceland. Waking up in the middle of the night wondering what your first impressions will be when you step off the plane in Greenland…. Ah…… the adventure begins. And so that is us at this moment, when we leave this wonderful city and head out to see some more of what the world has to offer. As always, the pictures don’t always do justice, but they’re worth a peek.
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