Memorial Day weekend was our last weekend in San Francisco. What better way to celebrate than by attending the Golden Gate Bridge’s 75th anniversary party? We spent some time at our neighbor’s house drinking mimosas and watching the boats in the bay before heading out with masses to watch the fireworks show in Fort Mason, one of our favorite spots in the city.
The rest of the weekend was filled with packing and cleaning. We’ve sold all of our belongings and packed everything else. We no longer own a bed, television, microwave, grill, sofa, kitchen table, coffee table, etc. You name it, we don’t own it. All we have are bags of clothes and some items we can’t bear to part with (read: photos, Annie’s favorite dishes and Chris’ guns). In so many ways, it is incredibly liberating. In other ways, it’s crazy scary.
So what’s next? Although we don’t embark on our RTW trip until July 10, in a small way our worldly adventure starts this Friday when leave the city and begin our ten day road trip back to the east coast. The highlights include camping at the Grand Canyon for a few nights, eating our way through barbeque joints in Memphis and visiting friends and family in Atlanta before our pre-wedding festivities begin in North Carolina. We also have planned pit-stops at the Petrified Forest in Arizona, Albuquerque and Oklahoma City.
Wow. We cannot believe how quickly these past 2.5 years have flown by! Leaving San Francisco is so bittersweet and words cannot describe how rich our experience has been here. We have so many amazing memories we will be taking with us and are so lucky to have met new friends and such great people. We will miss our apartment, which is probably the most unique place we’ll ever live, complete with a never ending staircase (well, we may not miss the 117 steps to our front door) and wild parrots.
Thanks to everyone who made our time here so amazing, we’ll miss you all but will see you soon-ish. Until then, farewell San Francisco…it’s been a great and wild ride!