1 August 2014

sailing the bay

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it has been four years since i drove across the bay bridge into my new home of san francisco with everything i owned in my car and not a stich of a life in this new place. that wild decision to pick up and move with only gumption and wonder to keep me going is one of the best i’ve ever made. i can’t even believe how much i fell in love with the bay area and how richly this place helped me to become and all the blessings – both hard and organic – that have come from my time here.

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when i first moved in to the city, i found two kindred spirit bosom friends almost immediately, steph and kelsey. i’ve had so many adventures with both of these girls, together and separately. they are some of my favourite people in the entire universe. and both of them happen to be leaving san francisco in the next couple of weeks – kelsey to a new job in seattle and steph to business school in utah. oh my gosh i am going to miss them so! to send them off with a bon voyage, a bunch of friends rented a boat and set sail on the san francisco bay on the most gloriously beautiful night last week!

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we cruised along the waterfront of the piers, around alcatraz just as the sky behind the golden gate bridge blazed in last light, and back under the bay bridge just as the sparkles of the bay lights and the city lights started glimmering. it was soooooooo magical (yes, i know i seem to overuse that word – but seriously, i can’t describe that night any other way!). i loved reuniting with some good friends, meeting a few new friends, reminiscing on all the good times with kelsey and steph, and having my sweetheart with me, too.

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as we sailed closer to the golden gate bridge, the boat tipped super far and it turned into a high adventure ride! it felt like we were definitely going to tip. then, as we turned back towards the bay bridge, everything was smooth and kind and lovely.

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of course we made a late night stop at bob’s donuts with everyone before we headed back to palo alto. holy moly i love san francisco. but man! it will be a bit less fabulous without kelsey and steph! love them a lot.

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{last sailing trip here}

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