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ROAD TRIP

Gordo heads to San Francisco

semi-overcast 12 °C

Although no celebrity sighting was actually achieved in LA this was not due to lack of trying..i have no regrets crouching in Jennifer Aniston’s bush, no regrets going through Courtney Cox’s rubbish or no regrets stalking anyone who might have looked slighty famous. It was time though, for another ROAD TRIP...San Fran aka San Francisco and the Tanner family were awaiting our arrival and although i had plenty of stalking left in me i was very excited to head north in the silver beast aka Gordo.. Will surprisingly picked up driving on the wrong side of the road very well and before we knew we were heading up the 101 Freeway... Along the way we drove through Malibu which was home to celebs such as Angeline & Brad, Adam Sandler, Goldie Hawn & Kurt Russell etc we didnt see anyone but i was still so excited...the drive was long and it was pouring with rain most of the way so visibility was rather low..but im sure the scenery was brilliant, in fact im positive.. finally 9 hours later we arrived in San Fran...

Due to contrary belief Will does have some friends and we were lucky enough to stay with Sepo aka Chris and his lovely girlfriend Asia right in the heart of San Fran. Being the hospitable couple they are they filled us with plenty of tour guides, famous sights and just in general great things to do around SF.

First stop was the big red bridge aka Golden Gate. As we drove over the beautiful bridge the Fullhouse song filled my head, memories of the Tanner family came flooding back and yes i will admit i thought we might see someone from the show driving next to us. The bridge was even better than imagined, it is so pretty and the geography reminded us a bit of the Sydney ie Sydney Harbour Bridge aka Coat Hanger joining the centre of the city.

Already in love with San Francisco Will and I spent a few days just walking around and admiring the architecture and pretending we were one of the locals. Our main downfall, apart from our accent, was whenever we went to pay for something we got confused with the change...dime, nickles...blah just give them a domination...people you can see the confusion. So in the end we would just pull out a pile of change and ask the attendants to pick out which coin they needed thus ruining our cover as locals and possibly giving them the idea we were very stupid...something that Will has been battling with this whole trip.

Hey batter batter...our cool roomies also took us to a baseball game.. The Giants v The Brewers, it was the first game of the season and the game was packed, it was awesome, amazing atmosphere, we followed that with a great dinner and a few sneaky drinks.

The next day saw us visit Alcatraz..this was a highly educational and enjoyable experience. We battled the cold (awesome Asia let me borrow her waterproof jacket..thank god this saved me from developing hypothermia) and headed over on the ferry. Once there we were given headphones which had an audio tour on the history of the island giving us a blow by blow description of the prison and the scary things that happened there, there was even an exert from an old inmate who gave his personal experience of the cell as well as talking about some of the famous inmates..Robert Straud aka Bird Man, Al Capone etc ....one of us may or may not of had scary dreams that night...it was Will

Unfortunately or as some might think fortunately we were heading to Vegas on Saturday..originally it was meant to be an early morning flight but one of us may have booked the flight thinking the 10:30 was AM but in fact as Chris pointed out it was actually PM...hrmmm woops my bad..however there was a silver lining..we ended up going out to a few clubs..one which had actual beer pong tables and red plastic cups..straight from a movie..and another..and another..this is where my memory gets a bit dusty but it was fun, there was alcohol and did i mention we love San Francisco and its people.

Fighting a horrible hang over we managed to drag ourselves out of bed and our awesome roomies took us to “Sam’s Cafe” ...and yes it is a coincidence that we are both awesome and smell of alcohol..

Several bloody mary’s later, a simple photo, a ton of funny jokes and we had made friends with the table next to us - Jake, Peg and Sarah.. Jake generously offered to take us out on his boat and take us to Angel Island for the day...urrmm let me think about that...oh there will be lunch and wine...urrmmm twist our arm, lets go!!!

We have been struck by how friendly people are here on the west coast.. We always thought Aussies were the friendliest people around, but West Coast Americans have gone out of their way to be nice to us... I think the Aussie accent and the presence of a nice looking blonde piece (will) have helped....

Although a random invitation onto a boat might seem a bit forward, we have decided to always go for it whenever an opportunity arises, so with a surge of enthusiasm we jumped aboard Jakes awesome yacht and off we went... We soon found out that Jake and his ship mates didnt actually know each other either... All three of them were members of meetup.com, a website where people register their interests .. in this case boating..

After a game of croquet (I won), several more glasses of wine, some yummy sandwiches and pumpkin seeds we headed back home...not before we picked up another lovely couple who had unfortunately missed the last ferry..Meet Nancy & Derek..another lovely, overly friendly SF couple. We once again had to celebrate this new friendship the only way we knew how...beers...!!

Before we knew it it was time to head back home and fly out to Vegas...we sadly waved Good Bye to Chris & Asia..promising to come back and live in their house (they were extremely pleased, i could tell)...

Next stop..the land of neon lights aka VEGAS.....

Posted by willandsam 18:45 Archived in USA Tagged transportation

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I think your story needs more "aka's"

by Mike_d

Sam happy birthday in case you missed the one I sent via Skype...I had an extra glass of red for you.

When in SF see if you can find Balloti's Bar...there layeth a story...

Love Dad

by DonaldJ

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