You know, I’ve never been a fan of spending time in San Francisco. It’s full of eccentrics, eclectics, weirdos, city slickers, and liberals. Even worse, you have to pay to cross their dad-gum bridges. Nobody should have to pay to drive on a public road. That’s what I think.

So, against my better judgment, my wife and I decided to spend a day in San Francisco while on the way to our friend’s wedding in Sacramento. We planned it out and got reservations for a Super 8 located down town. What we didn’t realize was that our hotel was right on the edge of the Tenderloin District (and if you don’t know what that is, believe me, you don’t want to). Also, we left later in the afternoon and didn’t roll into town until about 1:00 a.m. Showing up that late at night in that scary of a area is not the way to introduce yourself to a new place. I was pretty sure we were going to die or at least get carjacked.

Blessedly, the next day was much better. We explored China Town, Pier 39, the Golden Gate Bridge, and walked all over the place. Surprisingly, I actually loved it. Despite its quirks, San Francisco turned out to be a pretty fantastic place full of incredibly photogenic and symmetrical places. And there’s not much I love more than symmetry in photography.

I also had the magical experience of walking through Rodney Lough Jr.’s photo gallery. If you haven’t seen his wilderness photography, then please visit He is by far the best photographer I have ever seen. I literally had chills for an hour after walking out of that place. Also, he’s a fellow BYU grad, so that made me feel pretty special too.

So, anyway….I left San Francisco with a much better impression than when I arrived. Unfortunately, I also left $9 poorer from having to pay their stupid road tolls. Still, there’s a good chance I’ll go back, but I might swim across the bay instead.