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We woke up ready to go. A trolley trip was planned for the morning! We went down to where the trolley gets turned around by hand on a turntable, classic tourists! It is still fun to see. We hopped on and took off up a very steep hill. The trolley is pulled by a cable that is constantly running underground. The driver uses a lever that grabs the cable when he wants to go. Seems archaic, but it works! It is really fun to see all of the people on board smiling and having a great time. I would love to ride the trolley back in the 1800s. I wonder if it was scarier? The sights from some of the hops of the hills in SF are amazing! After our trolley ride, we hopped on a vintage streetcar to get back to the hotel. Here, we said good bye to Team Roxanne. They are headed off to Yosemite! We will catch up with them in a couple days when my brother comes to pick us up. Once they left, we were on our own again, with our bags. We are staying with my friend, Destini, tonight, so we headed over there to drop our stuff off. I didn't realize how hard it would be to ride in SF fully loaded. Hills. Hills. HILLS! They live at the bottom of a huge hill, which we first had to climb up! There was no way we were going to ride up it, so we pushed, and I even had to walk backwards, pulling up my bike. Then, on the ride down the hill, I had to stand up and put all of my weight as far back as I could because I literally felt as if I was about to flip forward. CRAZY HILLS! We got to their house, dropped our stuff off and visited for a while. They took us to another great sandwich shop and 711 and we walked around to see some sights. We were going to go into the Frank Lloyd Wright building, but it was closed. It looked crazy inside, but very bland on the outside. It was hidden on a side street, which made it even more mysterious. After lunch, Derek and took our bikes and went for a ride around the city. We stopped at REI first, of course, to switch out my shoes. REI has the BEST return policy ever. We accidentally came across the painted ladies, the oh so popular Victorian houses that star in the Full House opening credits. There were a ton of tourists taking pictures, which I was included in. We rode through Haight Ashbury and went to Whole Foods to get milkshake ingredients. We rode into Golden Gate Park and made milkshakes by the carousel. How romantic... We rode past the science museum and the de Young Museum, which are in the center of the park. We were getting hungry again, so we rode over to the Richmond District. There is an Italian restaurant called GASPARE'S that my uncle took me to a long time ago that has really good pizza! It was loud and full of people. I missed this! I have gotten so used to going into empty restaurants in small towns, which can be nice too, but this was exciting. I really felt like I was in the city. We got the Manila special that has linguica sausage. I had this when my uncle took us here, but not since. It's SO good! After dinner, we went over to GREEN APPLE BOOKS, which is hands down the best book store in the city. It is super charming, has a great art section and a bunch of books with covers that make you want to buy them. I found a Marcel Dzama book that I had to get. He is one of my favorite painters. We headed back to Destini's, but not before stopping at Taco Bell. In high school, Destini and I always said that we would go to Taco Bell after school in my VW Bus, but it never happened. It finally happened! We watched a terrible western movie and hit the sack. More adventures in the city tomorrow!