California, state twenty-seven, by the numbers:
Total miles: 1,319
Total money gained: $3.40 (5¢ from a parking machine return slot and $3.35 left over from the guy who bought me dinner in Chinatown after a hefty tip.)
Total money spent: $227.54
Other transport: $82.94 (parking and an oil change)
Budgeted amount ($200/week or $28.57/day): $285.70
Total under budget: $58.16
Approximate amount of money saved from awesome other people paying for me: $45
North American Reciprocal Museum pass: $0 ($151 from $100)
National Park Interagency pass: $25 ($195 from $80)
Number of free meals: 15
Total nights spent with people I already knew: 0
Total nights spent with Couchsurfing hosts: 8
Total nights spent with non-Couchsurfing hosts: 0
Total nights spent in the car: 2
Total number of hosts/homes stayed in: 5
Total number of Couchsurfing hosts/homes: 5
Total number of family/friend hosts/homes: 0
Total dates: 0
Total encounters with Mrs. Meyer’s soap: 1
Total unexpected, but awesome experiences: 14
Total “Oh my gosh, what am I doing?! Am I freaking crazy?!” moments: 0
Total “This is so AMAZING, I can’t believe how AWESOME my life is!” moments: 47
San Diego – La Jolla (Hoy-ah) Cove see the sea lions and say hello to Maricia the Italian painter lady for me!
Los Angeles – Runyon Canyon hike – nice view of the Hollywood sign and city skyline.
Los Angeles – Hollywood Walk of Fame – hand and foot prints – cooler than the stars…
San Francisco – Chinatown – cheap souvenirs.
San Francisco – Ghirardelli Square – free chocolate samples.
San Francisco – Lombard Street – interesting and unique thing.
San Francisco – Golden Gate Bridge – it’s iconic, you kind of have to…
San Francisco – Boudin Sourdough in Fisherman’s Wharf.
Muir Woods – it rained the day I was supposed to go, but I’ve been before and it’s awesome!
Yosemite National Park – ridiculously picturesque. I should’ve spent more time there…
CALIFORNIA THINGS TO SKIP IF YOU’RE CRUNCHED FOR TIME:
San Diego – Old Town is kind of cool, but not a must see if you’re crunched for time…
San Diego – Seaport Village – just tourist shops, unless you’re into that… It does have a nice view of the skyline though…
Los Angeles – Venice Beach, again, I had fun, but it’s a beach…
Santa Monica Pier – fun to walk around, but not much different from all the others in the country…
San Francisco – Painted Ladies, I really like Full House, but it was a little underwhelming…
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