Though there is great merit in "greening" your lifestyle on a day-to-day basis, there's still nothing quite like playing in the dirt to get back in touch with the Earth.
Stretching from Point Reyes National Seashore, south through the Marin Headlands and parts of San Francisco, to San Mateo County on the Bay Area Peninsula, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) contains more endangered species that any other national park in continental North America.
Have you already broken most of the New Year's resolutions you made just a couple of weeks ago? Have you only gone to the gym once (despite the hefty sign-up fee you paid) or already broken out the pack of smokes (even with the expensive patch system sitting on your dresser)? Well, if your list of resolutions included volunteering in the community, expanding your network of friends and contacts, and making a positive impact at both the local and international level, Hostelling International may still be able to help you keep some of the promises you made to yourself for 2008.