I will take any opportunity to travel. It’s a great way to experience new things, and an even better way to gain new story ideas.
When my friend Joy invited me for her wedding up in San Francisco, I thought I’d take advantage of the weekend to do some sightseeing/story brainstorming.
Saturday, September 15, 2012
The wedding took place in beautiful St. Patrick’s Church on Mission Street in San Francisco. Joy and Thom were a beautiful couple as they made their vows. Joy and I have been close friends since High School so it was a wonderful treat for me to be a witness to one of her greatest milestones in life.
Afterwards, the reception was held at the HS Lordships Restaurant in Berkeley.
(I was too busy enjoying the food and company to take pictures, unfortunately.)
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Kay, (another High School friend) and her husband Jorge were such generous hosts. I had told them about a scene in my novel, which was set in a forest of Redwood trees. So they took us to Muir Woods, a national park in the bay area which featured a redwood forest.
I’ve had to rely on pictures and my imagination to describe the setting. It was an amazing to be able to finally see a redwood tree in person.
Redwood Tree, Muir Woods
The forest had many trails, and we chose a midsized one which we could walk in an hour. I had fun walking through the woods and marveling at how tall they were. I could picture my “redwood scene” more clearly and could vividly imagine my characters having their adventures there.
Muir Woods Trail
I had fun catching up with friends. We talked about everything–and even exchanged a few book recommendations.
Myself, Maiko, Beth, Ed and Orion posing beneath a Redwood tree, photo by Jorge
Even three year old Ethan had tons of fun, running through the trail and enjoying the cool forest breeze.
Jorge, Kay and Ethan, distracted by something on the ground
Done with our short hike, we returned to the restaurant/gift shop by the entrance to refuel, and to buy souvenirs.
Jorge and Kay were awesome tour guides. After our morning in Muir Woods, they showed us around San Francisco, managing to show us all its best sites in half a day!
The Golden Gate Bridge seen from a lookout point
A busy San Francisco street
Jorge showed us around the Presidio, and all over San Francisco City, taking particular time to drive up and down Lombard Street and Haight Street.
A Quick Stopover at the Palace of Fine Arts
The famous postcard row
The tour also gave me ample opportunity to play around with my camera’s settings and practice a little bit of photography.
Postcard Row, in Green
We ended the day with a delicious Mexican Seafood dinner at Playa Azul.
Seafood Mexican Appetizer Platter
My San Francisco trip was a wonderful break after the Working Writers Retreat. I had a lot of memories– and story ideas whirling around in my head after our adventure that day.
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