Weekend Wanderer: Los Angeles to San Francisco

Photo of Instagram handle over the Golden gate bridge with Weekend Wanderer logo.

As a native to the City of Angels, Mark Miller, won our hearts with endless photos of adventure, love, and delicious eats. Together with his boyfriend, Ethan, the two have mastered the element of exploration and taken Los Angeles by storm. Mark and Ethan just returned from an Instagram takeover in San Francisco, California for the Pride Parade as part of Alaska’s Weekend Wanderer series. For more Weekend Wanderer posts, be sure to follow Alaska Airlines on Instagram.

What are weekends for if not to wander? Those two (sometimes three) days of freedom at the end of the week promise whatever adventures your mind can dream up. Maybe it’s a product of my 17 years of Monday through Friday public schooling, but even now with a freelance work schedule, that’s how I’ve always viewed the weekend: an unfiltered escape from the everyday.

This is a picture of a man and his dog on the beach in Big Sur.
Hey guys. My name is Mark Miller and I’ll be taking over @alaskaair Instagram for San Francisco Pride #weekendwanderer Our pup Olive exploring the beaches of Big Sur.

That’s why when presented with the opportunity to wander someplace new for a weekend, we embraced it with zero hesitation. And that was before we even knew where we were going— San Francisco during its Pride celebration.

As a recent transplant to Los Angeles, I couldn’t wait to visit the foggy sister city of the north. As a person who also happens to be gay, I couldn’t wait to experience the mecca that is San Francisco Pride. Home to so much LGBTQ+ history, I couldn’t think of a better place to celebrate how proud I am to be able to live my truth with the man I love at my side.

This is a photo of two men kissing on the beach.
A good luck smooch before San Francisco Pride kicks off tonight! Where are you celebrating?

Weekends are for wandering, so that’s what we did. Maximizing the few days we had, we captured the rhythm of the city in moments.

A foggy hike along the coast at Lands End. A day in the sun at Mission Dolores Park. A cocktail above the city at The View. A night out dancing in the Castro. A huge square slice of pizza at midnight at Golden Boy.

This is a photo of a rainbow flag hanging from a rooftop in San Francisco.
Ethan and I came to San Francisco to celebrate the last weekend of Pride month. Should we fill the comments with color, YES we should. Thanks @alaskaair for showing your support.
Photo of houses in the Castro.
Good morning! Yesterday was a hiking day, we began at Lands End and finished at the Sutro Baths. Today we’re making our way into the Castro to begin Pride festivities.
This is a picture of a man taking a picture wearing a rainbow Function Brewing tank top.
Spent the day in Dolores Mission Park enjoying all the sunshine and self-expression.

Regardless of how many unforgettable memories we made this weekend, I think what will stick with me most is how many smiling faces that surrounded us. Our three days in San Francisco were pure jubilation, with over 500,000 visitors coming into the city to take part in the celebrations. So many people— different, yet the same— coming together to say to whoever is listening, “You are valid. You are wanted.”

A photo of the tops of boats along Market Street in San Francisco.
Good morning! San Francisco wraps up their pride celebration with a parade on Market Street. Snapped this image before breakfast.. come sail away!
Photo of rainbow colored balloons at San Francisco Pride parade
Streets of San Francisco radiate happiness and acceptance today. Over half a million people came into the city to show their support.
This is a photo of a mini plane with a view of the beach in the background.
Thank you @alaskaair for inviting @ethanhethcote and I (@marke_miller) to take part in #pride2017 in SF. Us #weekendwanderer’s are back to LA for now, but we look forward to next year!!