Detour in Haight-Ashbury

Before my mom came to visit, she had read an article in Politiken (the Danish New York Times) about Haight-Ashbury, and would like to visit this place. I always try to make her wishes come true while she is here, so of cause we had to go. Last year I had taken a Detour through this place with a good friend and was blown away by the experience. I wanted my mom to try the Detour experience too, not only for the picturish tour, but also for the technical aspect.


We started our tour at the Panhandle. Peter Coyote narrates this Detour, he guides you through the neighborhood and history, and you get to hear from old friends of his, music from that time etc. It feels like you are traveling back in time, and it was so delightful to do this together with my mom. I felt I got to be a part of her youth for a little while.

Haight-Ashbury has so many colors and history it's hard to capture all of it while listening to the audio. Another obstacle, my mom’s old phone couldn't download the app, so we both had to be connected to my phone. This meant if I all of a sudden stopped to take a photo, and my mom didn't, her headphones would be yanked of her ears. After having done that 5-8 times, we finally figured out a system that worked.

I can really recommend the Detour app, it is such a great way to get to know and understand an area of a city. This was the second time I did this Detour, and it was still interesting and a really good experience. Here is what Detour writes on their website: "Detours are narrated by locals who know the city best, and are infused with cinematic scoring and storytelling by some of the best writers and sound designers in the world. Taking a Detour is like walking around inside a movie".