Before I left for vacation, I had been telling friends how I just had a feeling I would love San Francisco. As per usual, I was right (hehe).
And took in some of the sights together.
(myself and Darb)
Then I was on my own. When I booked this trip to Napa, I knew I wanted to take advantage of being so close to San Francisco and do a little exploring of my own. I extended my stay by one day, and aimed to squeeze in every bit of sightseeing I could.
I walked up hills
Saw the sea lions
Meandered through Chinatown
And took in amazing views everywhere I went. A serious trip to the Whole Foods salad bar was in order after hoofing up so many hills.
Plus, I like any excuse to visit a new Whole Foods…
I literally just wandered around the city by myself all day long, and couldn’t have been happier.
But the highlight of my solo adventure was, hands down, an early morning run to the Golden Gate Bridge.
Ever since I booked the trip I had been fantasizing about this run, and it was absolutely bananas amazing.
I stayed in Fisherman’s Wharf, and round trip to the bridge and back was about 9 beautiful miles. This run wasn’t super speedy and I stopped a million times to take photos, but it was probably the best run I’ve had in recent memory. San Francisco just invigorated me.
I refueled at Starbucks and simply marveled at how amazing the city was.
When I told some people about my plans to explore a totally new city on my own, I got some strange reactions.
“Won’t you get lonely?”
“How will you know where to go?”
“Is it safe?”
I gently reminded them that I live alone in New York City – I navigate subways, sketchy situations and annoying tourists all the time. I’ve actually always been a fan of solo adventures, whether it be seeing a movie, going to a museum, finding a new running route or escaping NYC. No matter how big or small theses adventures are, I learn something new about myself during each one.
I immediately felt at home in the City by the Bay, and can honestly say I left San Francisco feeling more relaxed than I have been in probably years. I will definitely be back. And soon.
Question: When was your last solo adventure or outing?