On the road to San Francisco (wishing I had a flower in my hair.)

This morning we woke up to the stream behind our modern day YURT trickling and hit the road bright and early. We had a full day’s drive ahead of us. Little did we know exactly what that drive had in store for us…

[Have you seen our YURT footage… a.w.e.s.o.m.e AND I slept like a rock.]

The first AMAZING views encountered were of the Redwoods trees. From the windows of the Truckster these things look gigantic, up-close… they’re UNBELIEVABLE. Though we only got to stop for a few mere minutes, I was running around the wooded area where we’d pulled-off the road with a permanent smile of my face.


Bucket List #16: Hug a Redwood tree in Northern California.


We pulled ourselves away from the ancient society of trees as Dave Matthew’s Band played a serenade through our speakers, tempting me to “…stay, stay, stay for a while.”

Away we drove. Yet, only minutes later, we HAD to pull over again.

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It's our THIRD Paul Bunyan encounter! America must love this dude, and so do I!

…enough said.

Side note: What’s the deal with Dutch Bros. Coffee – these little coffee huts decorated with Dutch windmills made out of neon lights seem to be everywhere these days. I need some input. Worth making a stop during my next coffee craving??

We continued on our journey only to be honked at by an upset driver. After some confusion as to the nature of said honk and what might have instigated such a sound (that quite frankly insulted the Truckster’s feelings…) we figured out that our turn signal was no longer blinking. We made a quick pit stop at the next auto parts store we passed and the men got to work. JOHN fixed our blinker! Who knew there was a handy man on board?

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Mr. Fix-it, himself!

THEN we encountered more big trees. We DROVE the Truckster through a Redwood!!!


Onward to the land of In-and-Out Burger, Full House, the Golden Gate Bridge, and CRAZY intracity hills (that I hope the Truckster can handle)…

It’s time for BAY CITY; San Fancisco… WE HAVE ARRIVED!

Tomorrow morning the Truckster wants to see the sites of San Fran so you might see us out-and-about, gathering photos! Then, it looks like we’ll be joining the Austin favorite’s movie theater that is on a road trip of it’s own, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas are showing classic movies at the places where they were originally filmed. So tomorrow, starting around 4:30 p.m., catch the Truckster at the Alamo Drafthouse screening of “Dirty Harry” at Washington Square Park.

On Sunday we’re going to the Texas Rangers vs. the Oakland A’s baseball game. We’ll be looking for all the best tailgates and handing out loads of goodies! If you make it out to the game, look for the metallic pea and Aunt Edna gathering the crowds! (We’ll also be posting our specific locations via Twitter @homeawaytrip!)

Enjoy the weekend and see you around SF!


About Jennifer Stafford
Jennifer is the Social Media Manager for HomeAway and has been with the company since 2007. She works on global social media programs and helps manage all of the US social media accounts. Prior to joining HomeAway she was the SEO lead for GEICO in Washington DC. Outside of work Jennifer travels as much as possible and is always planning her next trip!

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