If you ask a local San Franciscan what they recommend you see on your travels, it is likely they will tell you to visit Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe. After hearing this several times, we took heed and decided to a hire a car and embark on yet another road trip adventure.
Our original plan was to drive from San Francisco through Sonoma Valley, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite and down to Los Angeles however every car rental company we looked at added a ludicrous charge for a one way rental. Instead we drove a loop, San Francisco – Yosemite – Bodie – Carson City – Virginia City – Fairfield and back to San Francisco. This is Part One of the adventure!
We love steak. Preferably cooked medium, still pink in the middle. A little blood never hurt anyone – except maybe the cow it came from. So how we ended up at a holistic hostel on the shores of Lago Atitlan where meat is prohibited is still beyond our reasoning. We just knew the place had a good vibe so we accepted the challenge of facing 7 days without meat.
We arrived in San Francisco just after 6pm and it was FREEZING! The local homeless were feeling it too and had already sparked up a barbie* – right outside our hostel - welcome to Tenderloin! While our first impression of the city was lacking, once we overcame the strong stench of stale marijuana smoke, and learned to dodge used needles in the gutter - it soon became a place we enjoyed visiting.
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