San Francisco, CA
"If you're going to San Francisco, you're gonna meet some gentle people there!" we sang as we drove over the Oakland Bay Bridge. Looking back now, it was pretty basic. Oh well... Every dude is allowed a few basic moments in life. I may or may not have had more than a few but who's counting. This Spring Break a few friends and I decided to break from the pack of sex-crazed, drug addicted college partiers we call homies, to do something different during our time off from learning how to memorize and regurgitate. Our destination was SF. I was beyond stoked as the last time I had been to the Bay was as youngster. I vaguely remembered the experience. So the idea of gallivanting around this metropolis with nothing but my camera and a few good friends had me buzzing with excitement. We stayed in the "Tenderloin" and quickly found out the origin of its name upon arrival. But struggling college students can't be picky. Most of us aren't trust-fund babies so we took what we could get to make sure this adventure happened. I'm glad we did. It added to the experience! The trip was awesome. I've never walked so much in my life, but it was well worth it. SF will be a frequent stop on this journey of mine. But, I'll let the images tell the rest of the story because I realize I talk too much when I'm excited. Before I go though, you know I have to leave you with something. So here it is: It's okay to stray from your pack to do your own thing every now and then. At one point during the trip we split up to go adventure separately for the day. We don't all like the same things and we're aware of that. So rather than having to choose one or the other, we decided it best to venture off on our own. I don't think the adventure would have had the same impact if we had all stayed together in our larger group. I've always known this, but I'm experiencing it more frequently now that many of us are afraid to be alone, or not be surrounded by tons of people all the time. Being by yourself or with one or two other people are the times when you can really figure yourself out. In these moments you have very little distraction or outside influences to deter your inner journey of discovery. So, embrace your inner lone-wolf every now and then and use what you've discovered to positively impact outward. Later!