Day 1 - San Francisco, USA - ๐ŸŒ MWT 2017

Monday August 28th, 2017
Hiked 4.9 miles

1:45 pm

Union Square has lots of foreign tourist doing
exactly what I am doing in this pic. 
Well I made it to San Fran.  I am rather tired this afternoon.  Last night I couldn't sleep so I turned on my Waze app to see what the traffic would be like. I decided I would go ahead and get an early start so I took off at about 3am and made it to the Castro Valley BART station long term parking lot at 6 am. I took a 3 hour nap in my vehicle, then I hopped on the BART to the Powell street station stop in San Fransisco and walked to Union Square where I am watching people.

I wonder while I watch them how many are tourist. Tourist here seem to be so happy with everything around them. Like the Asians taking pictures with pigeons, or the Euro looking couple with tight pants taking pictures of the statues and monuments.

I wonder what to do next. This is what my whole trip is going to consist of. For the next 15 days I will be living out of my backpack. It is like jumping into cold water. You wonder if it was the best decision shortly after hitting the water. Once you warm up to it, you are quite sure it was the right decision. I hope.

I hear every man say he likes long walks on the beach, but I have walked a lot of beaches and see
Where I am leaving my vehicle for 15 days.
Castro Valley BART Station.
very few men. I wonder if that is because the sea swallows them up, or because men lie about walking the beaches. I am fascinated with the old spiritual journey called the walkabout. I love to walk and find it is the most scenic mode of transportation, and more social as well. I don't have enough resources to walk around the whole world.  That would take a year I bet. I plan on a goal of 6 miles a day, but I would love to do 8.

I still need to go get shower shoes. I suppose I could walk around and find some. I may want a shower tonight, or the morning.

I have no clue what to do first. That silence while I watch everyone going about their business along with that feeling that tells you, you ought to find something to do. Watching everyone doing things makes me want to do something too. The difference between the locals faces and the tourist are the locals look busy and asleep, the tourist look like they are dreaming.

Well I am going to log off for now. Watch people instead of type. I will have time for that once I check into my hostel.

The BART goes right into SFO from anywhere in the Bay Area.