year, after I had just completed the first road trip in 2000, I was
still infected with the travel and hostelling bug--so I decided to
check out a couple of hostels not too, too far from my home.
wanted a friend of mine to come with me so he could get a taste of
what it's like to travel a little bit and to spend a night in a
my "Hostel USA" to select a somewhat 'local' hostel. I chose
the Martha's Vineyard Hostel in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.
evening at the hostel, I met a couple from Mariposa,
California. We spent some time talking, swapping hostelling
stories, and laughing. They gave me their address in Mariposa
and told me that if I ever travel back to California--to stop in and
within a year later, I did travel back to California. And I
did get the opportunity to take them up on their gracious
invitation. For 5 days I stayed in their home and enjoyed
their company. We went to the movies, out to dinner, and they
showed me around the cozy little town of Mariposa, California.