You know that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you know you’ve forgotten something really important but can’t seem to remember what? I experienced that exact feeling halfway up the coast to San Francisco on Wednesday followed quickly but the realization that I had forgotten my camera at home. (insert moment of silence) I was on my way to a city I’ve never explored, to attend a blogger conference, and I was without my camera to document it! Sheer panic, nausea, and utter frustration with myself quickly set in and lasted for the remaining three plus hours of torturous car ride to the city.
I won’t deny the fact that I sulked around San Francisco that first day, taking in the beautiful views and snapping pathetic little shots with my iPhone camera. The photos are good and all but something about seeing the city through the little lens of a cell phone just doesn’t seem to do it justice. On our car ride home I sat for a few minutes scrolling through my iPhone pics. There they were, little glimpses of our trip, the conference, the friends I met, food I ate, and sites I saw; when something dawned on me. Maybe not having my camera was a good thing. For once my trip was about experiencing the city in person instead of trying to capture every moment. Do you ever feel like taking photos gets in the way of experiencing a place in person? Maybe it was good for me to forget my camera. I left San Francisco with a few dozen photos versus a few hundred and a whole lot more memories spent simply enjoying the moment. Isn’t it good to occasionally unplug? Although I’m sure I’ll never leave my camera behind again!
Here they are, glimpses of our trip via iPhone…
Ate my weight in Chinese food on multiple occasions.
Finally experienced Bi-Rite Creamery in person which totally lived up to my expectations….and visited the Farmer’s Market which blew my mind.
Geeked out over the incredible variety of mushrooms at Far West Fungi in the Ferry Building and brought a basket of fresh morels home with me. I can’t wait to cook them!
Took a beautiful (and windy) ferry ride to Sausalito.
Drooled over all of the incredible pastries at Craftsman & Wolves and tasted The Rebel Within muffin for myself. Yes that’s a soft cooked egg in that middle of that breakfast muffin.
…and we missed the city almost as soon as we left. I can’t wait to go back!
Lucky for me, Alt captured a few moments from my weekend as well. Like hanging at the Pinterest party with my sweet friend Stacy and chatting it up with fellow bloggers at the Bing dinner (below). It was an unforgettable weekend!