Lindsay and I decided we wanted to do a bit of travelling after our time at Disney. A bit last minute, which seemed to become a theme for our whole trip, we booked onto the Western BLT tour with Trek America. A week later we said goodbye to our Disney friends and were on the plane to start our west coast adventure.
We arrived in San Francisco on Friday evening and after losing our luggage, booking a very last minute hotel as we sat at the luggage carousel and a bit of a fiasco on the BART, we finally made it to Hotel Mark Twain, which would be home until our trek began.
We spent our Saturday exploring San Francisco and discovering that the city is bloomin' freezing. There's a great quote from the name sake of our hotel that goes "The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco." Well said, Mark.
After a long wait for the cable car and a quick stop to buy Lindsay a hoodie, we explored Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39. I wish we could have had more time to do more, especially the tour of Alcatraz, but that's just another reason to go back.
We had a quick pit stop at Ghiradelli Square for a hot chocolate before making our way to 2640 Steiner Street. For those of you who don't recognise this reference, this is the address of the house from Mrs Doubtfire.
This was definitely one of my highlights from San Francisco, although quite bittersweet upon hearing the news about Robin Williams passing away the next day.
We made the much more pleasant downhill journey back to Fisherman's Wharf for dinner, with a quick stop off at the famous Lombard Street on the way. We'd seen an In-n-Out Burger earlier that day and decided it was a must. As you can see from the picture, it lived up to its reputation. That's the face of happiness right there.
We hailed a taxi back to the hotel and had an early night before our 7.30am departure the next morning to meet our group.
The next morning we made our way to The Good Hotel, ready to meet our group. We were introduced to our tour leader Fran, discussed the formalities, loaded up the van and before long were on our way!
First stop was the Golden Gate bridge, the location where our shameless selfie trend began. The start and end cities are very much a whistle stop tour, so if you are embarking on a Trek yourself, make sure you book in for a few extra days either side if you want to explore those cities properly.
We safely made our way over the bridge, crossing off one of many bucket list items on the trip. We got to know each other, discussed what we'd already done in San Francisco and before long were in the van on our way to Yosemite.