Travel Along The West Coast Of The United States

Travel Along The West Coast Of The United States

NORTH OF CALIFORNIA AND SAN FRANCISCO

We continue our journey along the Oregon coast, which, as mentioned in the previous publication, is like a movie all the way, we stopped, we got on single-lane roads, I took pictures, my dad smoked his pipe and we found what would be the best lunch of the whole trip: The Crazy Norwegian ‘s in the small town of Port Orford. The place does not look much big, it’s small, with little drawings on the facade and colorful tablecloths (I loved my entrance, my mom was not so convinced) but as soon as you enter you realize that it is a special place. The fish and chips are championship and not to mention the crab cakes. And to close with a flourish: the foot of coconut with cream I have no adjectives to explain how good it was … just believe me and go please.

We continue our way on the 101 until we get to the state of California and arrive at Crescent City, a small town but it is special because there is the Visitor Center of my favorite place in the whole walk: Redwood National Park.

The Visitor Center is open until 5 pm as we arrived a little late we could not enter but we continued to park that if it is open 24 hours.

The park is actually a forest of giant redwoods and centenaries with a road in the middle … ..so if one is not attentive, it can happen to him that he goes straight and sees just the surface of the park. I read this on the internet and as we arrived late to the Visitor Center we entered a camping area of ​​the park and in the porter they gave us this map that was the salvation.

It must be delayed a bit to load because it is scanned in high resolution but the idea is that you can zoom in and read it because it is not available on the internet (you’re welcome!). The important thing to know here is that when you go south on the 101 you have to turn off at exit 765 on the right towards Newton B Drury Parkway, on this road there are bays on both sides where you can park the car and start Walking the paths between the trees.

There are no words, no cameras that can transmit what one feels standing under these giants, they have their own microclimate, under some it rains because they are so high that it seems that the drops of their branches came from the sky, and in the roots they have plump fern mattresses that benefit from the shade of these large trees.

What I liked the most is that there are no crowds or despelotes, one chooses its path and has a forest as of the Mesozoic period for one … It is a place of power without a doubt.

We saw only females but it was very nice to see them there as if they were vaquitas.

That night we slept in a village called Eureka and that is between the two branches of the park.

The next day we continue to the south and we went to the “Avenue of the Giants” ( Avenue of the Giants ), another amazing road surrounded by forests of more than 500 years.

Here I leave you the map scanned in high resolution so you can use it.

We stopped for lunch in a place where the pizza is delicious and the people are very cool called Avenue Cafe .

We continue our way to the south more than happy to have gone through this beautiful park and arrived at 6 in the afternoon to San Francisco. As we entered through the Golden Gate, we decided to stop at Marin Headlands which is a place next to the bridge that has a beautiful view over the bay and the city. Wear a jacket because the wind cuts even in summer but it is worth the mini detour.

SAN FRANCISCO

Before starting with San Francisco I have to make the clarification that the 3 participants of this trip had already come to this city, so this time we are dedicated only to visit favorite places and know more local and less tourist secrets. If you asked me about San Francisco, what I did when I first came here, I would recommend:

Pass the Golden Gate by bike (rented at the pier) and go to Sauzalito to have lunch and cross again by ferry.

Visit the Academy of Sciences of California and the Young Museum that is in front.

Visit Muir Woods in the outskirts (another redwood forest where the Star Wars Eewoks part was filmed …yes … I’m a nerd).

Visit Japan Center .

Walk through the Chinatown.

Take a stroll through the neighborhoods: Pacific Heights and Hayes Valley (good restaurants and shops).

Walk through the Castro District (the neighborhood where all gay activism began) and by Haight Ashbury (the hippie neighborhood par excellence).

On this trip we start our way with a breakfast in a wonderful place called Plow, it is in a neighborhood far from the center called Potrero Hill but it is so rich that it is worth sticking the little girl; As with Portland, try to arrive early because the line can be hours.

After breakfast we went through the Ferry Building Marketplace which is a market on the edge of the bay, very touristy but very nice and worth going for a walk around the little shops and eating a fresh oyster.

A favorite place of all of us and we all wanted to return was the Golden Gate park, a beautiful park that flows into the beach and where the Academy of Sciences and the Young Museum are. In the latter there was an exhibition by Ed Ruscha (a very representative artist of the west coast) that is worth seeing.

In this park we also walked a bit and visited the conservatory, which, although it is less cute than the one in Volunteer Park in Seattle, has a lot of lotuses and very nice carnivorous plants.

We were also at the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, which has just been reopened and is very worthwhile. We had many beautiful exhibitions and the building is just a work of art.

We visited another very nice place that is in the industrial zone of San Francisco. A nursery / coffee called Flora Grubb. It is one of those places where you would like to live.

At my request, we spent the last afternoon walking through the Mission Dolores neighborhood, which is my favorite in the city. Valencia street is full of shops and beautiful places (my favorite store is called The Paxton Gate which is like curiosities of nature) and just two blocks away is Dolores Park which is an amazing place to rest, see people, eat ice cream and spend the sunset.

Another place we visited was Twin Peaks, the highest point in San Francisco that has a beautiful view but is ICE CREAM! I did not have a thick jacket so I only managed to look out and the wind I had my shelter in the car.

We closed with a flourish eating with a great friend of mine who lives there in a delicious thai restaurant in Hayes Valley called Lers Ros.

5 REASONS WHY HOSTELS ARE BETTER THAN FIVE-STAR HOTELS

5 REASONS WHY HOSTELS ARE BETTER THAN FIVE-STAR HOTELS

As a travel journalist I spend more time in five star hotels like many film star or bank managers. Someone else pays for that. Or the hotel offers the room for free – in exchange for some publicity. That is of course very nice, but also a little ironic. Because with the money I earn with this ‘dream job’, I will not be able to afford a five-star holiday myself. That also means that if I do a job without such sponsorship – and that happens regularly – I usually book a bed in a hostel. That costs me somewhere between 5 and 10 percent of the price of a ‘good’ hotel, and that difference taps quickly. So I often ended up in a dormitory directly from a sparkling suite.

Quite a transition, but is it bad? Not at all. The circumstances of my occasional somewhat bizarre existence between five and zero-star accommodation have given me the opportunity to see the pros and cons of both sides of the spectrum. People in hostels can often only dream of a five-star hotel, while people in five-star hotels will rarely wonder what can be fun at a hostel. Therefore, here are five reasons why, in my opinion, hostels can even be a better option – especially if you are traveling alone.

1.You make new friends quickly

No matter how beautiful the designer furniture in your five-star suite is, how delicious the breakfast is, how attentive the service is: if you travel alone you will sooner or later need a bit of human contact. In a hostel everything is focused on making friends quickly: you often share a room (although private rooms are usually also an option), and there is a social atmosphere in which everyone talks to each other in communal areas and kitchens. An appointment to have something to eat together or a day trip is usually made very quickly – you are not the only one who is in need of some company. Put that in front of a lonely stay in a restaurant between tables with loving couples – and the choice is made quickly as far as I’m concerned.

2.You are right in the middle of society

Five-star hotels are often designed to keep everyone as far away from everyday life as possible. You may wonder how long a stay in a safe bell of comfort and luxury must last before it becomes a golden cage. Why are you actually traveling? To experience the same as at home, or at least the same as in five-star hotels around the world?. But if you’re just a bit adventurous, or if your goal is to get some of a country and feel what it’s like to be part of daily life, then you would better select the hostel. Hostels are usually not part of a chain; more often they are run by a family, or there are a group of young people who are willing to offer you a look into their lives. You can use the kitchen, where you can get started with the ingredients from the local supermarket or from the local market. The staff is not constantly anxious to ensure that you do not stumble across a threshold, and you explain just as easily how you get to public transport, as by taxi.

3.Accommodation is (at least) ten times cheaper

This is, of course, an open door. But think about what it means. Accommodation is often the biggest cost of a holiday. If you have more time than money, you can go ten times as far with a stay in a hostel. That is ten times as many days on the beach. Ten times as much time to be able to run from one attraction to the other in a hurry, but also just sit down with a book on a couch or go to sleep. Ten times as much time to let chance happen: spontaneous encounters or finds are often the most memorable moments of a trip. And if you do not need that extra time, you save a box of money that you can spend on better restaurants or extra activities such as dance and language lessons, bungee jumps or helicopter flights – or just a bunch of cocktails.

4.One does not do money-making

In a hostel, extra facilities are cheap or free. Many five-star hotel, on the other hand, raises money to art: 20 euros for a day on the internet or 2 euros for washing one pair of socks are no exception. A mysterious supplement often rests on taxis that are brought in, and then there are all staff who keep their hands everywhere. Internet is always free in a hostel. There are facilities to do the laundry yourself, and if you want to do it yourself, there is often a launderette around the corner that it does for a grab penny, and you often have to bring it.

5.You have less hassle with internet

Admittedly, this depends very much on the country and the city where you travel. But my experience is that many five-star hotels have an extremely lousy Wi-Fi connection – which you often still have to pay for. Often the biggest problem is an impossible login system that is controlled by a third party, which regularly causes problems that take hours before they are resolved. Hostels often do not have the fastest connection, but problems are solved quickly because the modem is close and there is no need to wait for a system administrator who only knows how everything works. Moreover, hostels are usually frequented by a younger audience that simply does not accept a non-working Wi-Fi connection.