Around The Way: Cali Recap

I’m a winter baby who constantly craves the sun–I would like to think it is my Mexican and Puerto Rican blood that has made me this way. Winter is cool until New Years and I can deal with most of January, but by February I have complete Winter Madness. Before you’re like, “You’re from Chicago, you should be use to winter,”  I’m not. I would like to meet the person who can deal with blizzards and below zero temperatures until March.

Last February, I was going completely mad and booked a trip to L.A. for the weekend. According to my Timehop I was in LA this week, last year! This year my winter madness came at the beginning of January and I knew it was going to be a long ass three months if I didn’t have the warmth of the sun on my skin. One of my good friends from high school, Heather,*  moved to San Francisco two years ago and after walking to work during arctic temperatures, I pulled out my laptop and booked my flight to see her.

The weeks prior to visiting Heather I was kind of in a weird slump. Spending the week with her and in San Francisco  definitely rejuvenated in my mind, body and soul in a way that I couldn’t imagine. Every day was an adventure and being around her work ethic was the inspiration I needed for when I returned to Chicago.

Here is our fab week in pictures:

Wednesday:

 

Coffee and Work Day at Coffee Bar
Coffee and Work Day at Coffee Bar– had a great Chorizo Burrito
Ferry Building
Ferry Building
Heather was in a meeting I was getting lost for a good hour
Heather was in a meeting and I was getting lost for a good hour
I was also eating all the oysters
I was also eating all the oysters
View of the Bay Bridge
View of the Bay Bridge

Thursday: I swear I can write love songs about Thursday, February 12, 2015.

We started the day working and then headed to Delores Park to catch some rays. I fell in love with this Frenchie:

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Heather was amazed by how warm it was and really wanted to take advantage of the weather. We walked back to her apartment and decided to bike 6 miles through Golden Gate Park to Ocean Beach. My goodness, Golden Gate Park was BEAUTIFUL. It even smelled great. Then we reached the ocean and I was confused as to how my family decided to settle in Chicago.

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Photo by Heather
Photo by Heather

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Photo by Heather
Photo by Heather

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I'm pretty sure this was one of the most magical sunsets I have ever withnessed
I’m pretty sure this was one of the most magical sunsets I have ever witnessed

We then biked back to her place and cleaned up for an event that her friend was hosting at TopShelf Style.

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Photo by JE Julez Photography

The day was not over. We then met with another one of Heather’s friends, Kate, and went to Mission Cliffs, an indoor climbing wall. At this point I was dying–I worked out more that day than my entire life.

I did great on my first climb. By my second climb, I thought my arms were going to detach from my puny body.
I did great on my first climb. By my second climb, I thought my arms were going to detach from my puny body.

Friday: After waking up sore, but still happy, we decided to drive to Stinson Beach, a small beach town outside of San Fran.

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge

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Photo by Heather
Photo by Heather

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Beach Essientials
Beach Essentials
Sun, smiles, selfies
Sun, smiles, selfies
Wait, I lied. This was a really dope sunset
Wait, I lied. This was a really dope sunset
Pretty photos by Heather
Pretty photos by Heather

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Saturday and Sunday: I spent the weekend in L.A., where it was even warmer. I partied Saturday night in Hollywood and went to quite possibly one of the coolest bars, No Vacancy, and spent most of Sunday wishing I didn’t have so many of their delicious cocktails.

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Hike was in order for Sunday morning
Hike was in order for Sunday morning
View from Griffith Park
View from Griffith Park

Monday: My last day in San Fran. I explored The Mission and Valencia Street, then cried about my departure home.

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Xo,

Ariel

*Heather is an artist living and working in San Fran. Be sure to check out her work and learn about her upcoming exhibitions here!

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