It wasn't quite as cheap as the $14 Jet Blue flight that we took last time, but we were pleased as punch to pay $48 for our Virgin America flight to San Francisco in late April.
If you haven't flown Virgin America yet, do it. Do it now. Now, I said! It's like Jet Blue on steroids -- everything great about Jet Blue but even greater. It is hands down my favorite airline ever.
With its lavender neon and ambient music, the Virgin America cabin makes you feel like you should've brought your light sticks and ecstasy.
Even without any chemical help, however, you'll be in ecstasy thanks to the great entertainment system.
We arrived at our $1 hotel late that night. Yes, $1 for a room that's usually $339.
During his frequent perusal of travel blogs and other travel-related sites, Mr. Monkey came across an "April Fool's deal" offered by The Orchard Hotel. For a few select Fridays, you could book a room for just $1. Mr. Monkey was no fool. He snatched up a night immediately.
Between this and the $48 flight, we just had to go to San Francisco even though we'd gone just a few weeks before.
The Orchard Hotel was lovely. I took this photo the next morning when it was light out.
As I stepped back to get a better shot, I tumbled off the curbed and sprained both of my ankles. Both. The doorman watched in horror as I fell. I totally ate it, but my camera came out unscathed -- even as I collapsed, I held up my little baby. Must. Save. Camera.
I wore ankle braces the rest of the trip. Sexy. And it wasn't even a good photo. Stupid.
At least the $1 room was for real. See?
By the time we'd settled in, we were starving. It was past midnight. We had no choice but to go to Lori's Diner, a nearby local chain that was open and surprisingly busy.
This was called "San Francisco's Best Corned Beef Hash" ($10.95). I don't think so.
Side of sausage. Palatable enough.
The "Taco Ole Omelet" ($10.50) with vegetarian chili, avocado, salsa, monterey jack cheese and sour cream.
Still, we were happy. $1. San. Francisco. Hotel. Room. Yeah.
Next: An atrocious deli, flying car parts on the Golden Gate Bridge, and a woodsy walk.