As I begin to merge with traffic and approach the bridge, I begin to slow down and take it in, like some tourist on his first moments crossing into a new city or country. I lean up to the windshield, looking up at the steel beams rising toward the starry sky and then look back across the water to the city in the background. I hear the “bumpidy bump” sounds of my tires starting to cross into the other lane as I focus back on the road and…

After traveling for over three weeks for the month of March, you would’ve expected me to hurry home to enjoy a little rest and relaxation before kicking off April, right? The hurry part I did, driving as far as I could Friday night from Los Angeles and stopping at a hotel for a few hours, before continuing on the last 150 miles on Saturday morning to San Francisco. But when I arrived at the car rental place on Saturday morning at 12:15 to find out that it closed…

Sunset at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach

As 2011 comes to a close, I’m coming up on seven months in my new home of San Francisco, California. I recently published my favorite travel photos of 2011. It’s no surprise that I featured several photos from California, including San Francisco, Big Sur, and Los Angeles. As I looked through all of my travel photos last week, I noticed that so many of my favorite photos from the year came from California. While I had traveled to California several times before moving here, I came here with…

San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge

The sun setting over the Golden Gate Bridge.

It’s very clear to me the first time I remember hearing the term “off the grid.” It has become a frequently used cliche in the Terminator movies. Like so many phrases and words I’ve picked up, I’m sure I first tested it out with my parents so that I didn’t lose any cool points with friends. The first time I did this was when I was a little boy and I wanted to practice cursing. Needless to say, it didn’t go according to plan. This time, I’m sure…