Travel Diary: San Francisco + San Jose | Personal

I wish I could find the words to write in vivid detail how amazing witnessing the Golden Gate Bridge disappearing into the heavy fog was - looming like a giant surrounded by gray nothingness and how it stole my breath away. To find the words, but fail to describe the pure majesty of the massive Redwoods - older than many civilizations - the wetness that hangs in the air, the realness of the scent of old and ancient and secretive. Trees that have seen more life, more change, more growth than a hundred lifetimes over. I wish I could write for hours about the street and architecture of downtown San Francisco - the Painted Ladies in all their Victorian glory and pastel beauty. I wish desperately I could remember with text and words those fleeting magical moments and honor them properly. But - as with most new experiences - words just can't cover it all for me. And I'm a pretty wordy person. So I photograph to remember, and to relive, and to revisit. 

Below is a collection of travel images from our brief weekend in San Jose and San Francisco.

Driving through the Google campus was so surreal - it is its own compound with tons of Google bikes everywhere! 

Driving through the Google campus was so surreal - it is its own compound with tons of Google bikes everywhere! 

It was a rainy and moody sort of day, which only made me fall even harder for the beauty of this seaside city.

It was a rainy and moody sort of day, which only made me fall even harder for the beauty of this seaside city.

The houses were built with the most unique architectural design - all in good-enough-to-eat colors!

The houses were built with the most unique architectural design - all in good-enough-to-eat colors!

The Robin Williams tunnel and views of the giant Golden Gate Bridge from the car.

The Robin Williams tunnel and views of the giant Golden Gate Bridge from the car.

Muir Woods National Monument and the overwhelming beauty of the legendary California Redwoods.

Muir Woods National Monument and the overwhelming beauty of the legendary California Redwoods.

Walking through the forest, every head tilted to the sky.

Walking through the forest, every head tilted to the sky.

Behind the scenes of the fairytale engagement shoot with T'lesa and Ryan.

Behind the scenes of the fairytale engagement shoot with T'lesa and Ryan.

Everything felt so old and prehistoric.

Everything felt so old and prehistoric.

Even the phone booth felt authentically old!

Even the phone booth felt authentically old!

<3 <3 <3 Just doing what we love to do!

<3 <3 <3 Just doing what we love to do!

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The arches disappearing into the fog felt so eerie and so magical.

The arches disappearing into the fog felt so eerie and so magical.

San Francisco proper in the distance and the heavy loud horns of the incoming barges.

San Francisco proper in the distance and the heavy loud horns of the incoming barges.

Photos don't do the size of the Golden Gate Bridge justice. 

Photos don't do the size of the Golden Gate Bridge justice. 

Fort Point was built long before the bridge. Originally, they were going to demolish it prior to the building of the bridge, but opted to keep it as a historic site as it was built to protect the city.

Fort Point was built long before the bridge. Originally, they were going to demolish it prior to the building of the bridge, but opted to keep it as a historic site as it was built to protect the city.

Now the Golden Gate Bridge lies directly overhead of the military compound.

Now the Golden Gate Bridge lies directly overhead of the military compound.

The overlook at Lands End park.

The overlook at Lands End park.

Sutro Bath ruins and the notable rocks of the Northwest coasts.

Sutro Bath ruins and the notable rocks of the Northwest coasts.

That handsome man of mine :)

That handsome man of mine :)