Checking in from San Fran

Trip Start Dec 30, 2012
Trip End Jun 27, 2013

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Coventry Motor Inn San Francisco
Read my review - 4/5 stars

Flag of United States  , California
Monday, January 28, 2013

Our first night in town we spent some time scoping out downtown. We stayed in Cow Hollow off of Lombard street. Head west on Lombard and you will find tons of shops and restaurants. Head east and you will find a workout. At the very top of a hill about 5 blocks long, is the portion of Lombard Street known as the "crookedest" street in the US. I would say the views from the top of the hill were definitely worth the hike. Afterwards we required a cold beer to help sooth our muscles from the hike.

The next day we got out early and met up with Jeremy's friend Corey for some sight seeing. First stop, Alcatraz. We took a boat across the bay to the island and hung around for about three hours. There is a free audio tour included with the ticket across the bay. The audio tour is narrated by actual guards and prisoners form Alcatraz, along with background audio that makes you feel like you are in an operational prison. There are also great views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco Skyline from the island.

Our tour dropped us back at the pier right near Fishermans Wharf. We walked around for a time, checking out the crowds and looking over the fresh seafood for sale.

We were hungry, but we had planned to eat lunch in China Town. San Francisco has plenty of buses and cable cars to take you around the city, so we rode to the other side of town for some food. Corey's friend recommended a place called House of Nanking. When we sat down, we started to look over the menu, and a man came to our table to ask if it was our first time in the restaurant. When we told him yes, he explained that we wouldn't need any menus. He was the chef and he would take care of us. Four courses and three teas later we were in Chinese food bliss. Well done, chef.

We loved the vibe in San Francisco. Throughout this trip we've experienced a lot of things that made me know the risks we took by leaving so much behind were worth it, and our tour of San Fran was definitely one of them. By the way, did you know that Robert Frost was born in San Francisco? You've probably read this one before, but still, I had to post it. Signing off tonight with The Road Not Taken.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
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