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If you're going to San Francisco ...

don't forget to bring a jumper and buns of steel!

sunny 25 °C

A little bit of catching up to do, I'm afraid...
Succesfully negotiated the joys of peakhour traffic in downtown San Francisco on Tuesday afternoon. We stayed at a hostel that was in the most amazing location right on the edge of San Francisco Bay. It reminded the kids of school camp and we set up in a room with 4 bunks. We'd never stayed in a hostel before and it was really enjoyable. There were people there from all over the world who you'djust start chatting to. We met up with a lovely older couple from Derbyshire in England, Dan, a nurse from Alsace-Lorrainne in France, Mia from Japan and others from Spain and Oz. Really nice people and all with their own stories and adventures to talk about. On Wednesday, Lesley and Angus wenr of on a walking tour with one of the hostel's employees (Angus will write about this soon). Giaan and Robbo went off to Fisherman's Wharf and caught a tram all the way through downtown. That afternoon, Angus and Lesley walked across the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Giaan and Robbo grabbed an open-top bus tour acros the bridge and around downtown. Really interesting info as well as a perfect clear day for photos. San Francisco is well-known for fog banks rolling in unexpectedly,so we were all really lucky with spectacular views. By the end of the day, the walkers were exhausted! The next day, we re-traced the steps of the walking tour with Lesleyand Angus. Holy cow! Youmight have seen how people live in the Himalayas; well,some people live like that in San Francisco!! The hills these people live on are ridiculous. I wouldn't be able to get into my car on the slopes these people park on! The fittest bloke in the city would be their postman!

After surviving this, we then boarded the boat for the infamous Alcatraz. By this time, the wind had whipped up and it was cold and pretty bleak - quite fitting for a visit to The Rock. The audio tour was excellent and really takes you through the prison from top to bottom and provides a tremendous atmosphere. Loved it!

Travelled to Fort Bragg on Friday and arrived at our hotel in the late afternoon after more fun with winding Californian roads. Told the lady who runs the place that we were keen to ride the Skunk Train through the local redwood forests.She then informs all of us (kids included) in graphic detail that the train might not be running as there was a scizophrenic killer loose in the forests at this time. She also told us how she had her two guns loaded and ready should this bloke venture her way. Welcome to the town and sweet dreams,children! Thanks! Finally convinced thekids to go to sleep at 10pm and that,should the train be running,we'd be safe. Great train ride. No California Screamin' but an enjoyable,relaxing ride through the forests.

Left Fort Bragg early this morning so we could drive to Crescent City way up in northern California, by way of the famous Redwood forests. These trees are the tallest living things in the world and can be so big, we drove our car through one of them! Going to do a bit of walking tomorrow and then update photos. We head into Oregon on Tuesday.
Hope all is well with our readers.

Posted by The Robbos 20:56 Archived in USA Tagged the san francisco & redwoods

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Wow Robbos! You certainly know how to pack in the moments of high drama! It's such a delight to read of your adventures and share the experience with you. Don't envy you trying to walk around San Francisco (or should I say walk up and down San Francisco). Keep 'em coming......
Love Nana

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