At Friends' House
Mariposa, California
Last 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.
I also 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 hostel.
Got out my "Hostel USA" to select a somewhat 'local' hostel.  I chose the Martha's Vineyard Hostel in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.
That 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 visit them.
Well, 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.
September 13-17
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Here we are all bright eyed and bushy tailed about 4:30 AM
Getting ready to hit the road again at 4:30 am.  The hives on my face had finally cleared up !
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