With all the rain lately it was a relief to finally feel the warmth of the Sun. Jenn and I wanted to capitalize on the opportunity so we decided to go on a little run after work. We planned to keep it under 5k but the run evolved into a trek across the city. Maybe we were a little sun-drunk… who knows.
We headed down Bush ’til we got to the Ferry Building then continued our journey down the Embarcadero until we reached the Pier 39 flags. We were both a little tired after that so we decided to walk back to the apartment. To spice things up we took the Greenwich steps to Coit Tower. The last time we took the steps, Jenn got annoyed around the halfway point so we didn’t make it to the top. This time, I was determined to conquer the steps. Once again at the halfway point I could tell Jenn was not happy and was about to implode from hunger. Luckily, I only had to endure some verbal outbursts, which were relatively tame.
Jenn: “This was not part of the plan.” <Angry Glare>
M: “It will be fun babe. Only a few more steps, plus the view will be great.”
As I predicted, the panoramic views from Coit Tower overlooking the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate were spectacular. Watching the sun set on the bay is priceless. After soaking in the view for a few minutes, we headed down the other side of the Greenwich steps and came out in North Beach. We went through Washington Square on our way to Chinatown. I had a blast in this section of San Francisco because Chinese characters are everywhere and since I am learning Mandarin I try to find the ones that I know. So it’s like “Where’s Waldo?” for me. I shout out answers like Hermione from Harry Potter when I find a character I recognize.
M: “Babe that’s jia (home).”
Jenn: “Hen hao (well done).”
We walked through Chinatown until we ascended the steps at the Stockton Tunnel. Poof – we were in Nob Hill, no more Chinese. From there we headed back to Bush and ultimately back to our apartment in the Downtown area of San Francisco.
I have to agree with Jenn that San Francisco is pretty amazing. I don’t know of any other city where you can literally walk through multiple different neighborhoods – each with their own character – all within a 20-block radius.
Now that I got a promotion, a house in the City by the Bay may be in my cards after all.
Strength and Honor,