Friday, May 30, 2008

san francisco discoveries, volume 3

While taking a stroll near Fort Mason, we spotted a couple zooming down Bay Street in a tiny yellow, go cart-looking contraption. I couldn't hide my excitement and proclaimed that we would be climbing into one of those. Because I'm always looking for new and unusual ways to discover our travel destinations, I didn't care how much it cost or how silly we looked; we were going to drive around san francisco in a talking GoCar! The Husband finally agreed, and after finding the address in a local advertisement, we hightailed it to the shop and made reservations for the next morning.

On Monday at 10 a.m. we were nervously climbing into the cockpit. Because it is so much smaller than the other cars, we were a bit worried, but the shopkeepers assured us that San Francisco traffic travels quite slow, and everyone in the city was used to the little bastards. The GoCar is equipped with a GPS system, so you can't get lost. And a voice coming out of the car's speakers narrates the way through the city streets, with a few hilarious comments here and there. It's not your typical San Francisco tour, and it's self-paced. We were able to get out of the car to take photos or grab a bite to eat. Our three-hour drive took us through areas where buses aren't allowed, including Robin Williams' neighborhood, and the views from the top of Baker Beach and Fort Point were jaw-dropping. While we did get a few stares (a group of young boys took pictures of us while we were navigating our way down Lombard Street), it was by far the best thing we did on the trip.

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