Moving to San Francisco from Seattle in December 2014 was the fulfillment of a long-held dream. The fact that I found the love of my life here in SF made it even sweeter. The fact that he is a fellow photographer I have been friends with since 2009 is almost too good to be true. The fact that we found a great apartment to rent for our self-employed selves, AND our (unemployed) two cats and one dog (two self-employed people + 3 pets! In SF!), in one day of apartment-hunting (one day!), is nothing short of a miracle. But the reality of moving not just my home and all of my stuff and personal life, but also my photography business, to the most expensive city in the country, has had more than it’s fair share of stress and challenges.
One of the many things I am so grateful for is living in close proximity to one of the best parks on earth- Golden Gate Park. We are just five doors down from the park, which is about a 30-second walk, depending on breaks in traffic to get across the street. Once across the street and out of the neighborhood, the scent of eucalyptus fills the air. The trees sway in the ocean breeze, and the afternoon sunlight throws ‘god beams’ of sunshine into the many open fields. There are lakes and flowers and never-ending paths through woods, hidden groves of picnic areas, a walking/running/biking track, an angler’s pond in the middle of the forest, bison lounging in a big field, a disc golf course, a giant cross statue on a hill, an off-leash dog park, and meadows galore. And these are just the park amenities that are within a short walk of us.
When the pressures of small business overwhelm us, my love and I push back from our computers and head across the street to the park. It has become a magical, healing, soothing spot for us, and (I think) Fergie as well. Sometimes we walk for 20 minutes; sometimes we walk for 2 hours. Sometimes we bring Fergie, but usually it’s just us, holding hands and walking and talking our worries away.
I will look back on this time in my life and forget the stress, the challenges, and the uncertainty about the future, and remember instead the greatness, the awe-inspiring nature, the magical discoveries and the beauty that is Golden Gate Park. A park that fills my heart with love and peace. Man am I lucky.
Above: clockwise: Spreckles lake, flowers in the woods, Fergie at Lloyd Lake, and the Conservatory of Flowers.