Saturday, 19 September 2015

Busters Wood

This mornings walk around Busters wood, we came across some Nice fungi.



Monday, 7 September 2015

USA Fly-Drive...

This is a trip we had been planning for years a fly drive holiday, picking up a car in LA and driving to all the attractions we wanted to see.

Our Car for two weeks
From LA to Palm Springs, temperature was hot and the air conditioning took a hammering. We found the hotel and went off to find the Aerial Tram high into the mountains with a wonderful view over Palm Springs. Lots of nice restaurants and ice-cream parlours.
Aerial Tramway, Palm Springs, California
Aerial Tramway, Palm Springs, California

Palm Springs, California 
Mark has always wanted to travel the full length of route 66 on a Greyhound bus, this is the second best thing passing along it at Kingman for a few miles. There isn't actually much of the original IS66 left.
Route 66, Kingman, Arizona
Hoover Dam, had to be on the list of places to visit, if only to say we have been there.
Hoover Dam, Nevada
Hoover Dam, Nevada
The Grand Canyon, you just can't help but say wow when you first lay your eyes on it, we wanted to do a mule trail into the canyon but unfortunately time was against us. The free tour buses along the rim are great.
The Grand Canyon South Rim, Arizona
The Grand Canyon South Rim
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Grand Canyon, Arizona
Arizona Sign
We did struggle to find proper food, a person can only take so many burgers, pizzas, Subways, truck stop snacks. We found ourselves spending most of our time in Starbucks, free wifi. Our favourite stopping place was Walmart, every kind of food going.
Snacks on the go
Death Valley was an experience the heat was almost unbearable with a breeze it was like sitting in front of an electric heater on full bars, it burned your eyeballs. Dust storms looked good just like the westerns. We found ourselves taking photos of roads the expanse just can't be captured in a photo.
Death Valley Arizona
Death Valley, Arizona
Death Valley, Arizona
Death Valley, Arizona
Death Valley 124f = 54c, Arizona
This was a strange one, hundreds of miles from anywhere and not a car in sight we found a stop sign, obviously we obeyed the law and stopped even if it was to take a photo.
Death Valley, Arizona
This was when the penny dropped. For hundreds of miles we had been seeing signs with PED XING on them, and we couldn't figure what the hell they meant until we saw this, apparently americans use text talk on their road signs. Pedestrians Crossing.  This sign obviously means Burros Crossing but again you could see for what seemed like hundreds of miles with nothing in sight.
Death Valley, Arizona
Las Vegas was great  Corinne liked it more then me, the hotels were out of this world, and we manage to get tickets to see Britney Spears at the Planet Hollywood. Fremont Street was good with the biggest led screen in the world. It's definitely worth taking a tour bus around at night. Night time being better than the day.
Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
Britney Spears Concert, Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
Fremont Street, Las Vegas
Yosemite was Marks favourite place on this trip, and would love to go back and do some walking, the sights are fantastic, unfortunately we didn't see any bears. Mark wanted to see the giant trees at Sequoia but again we didn't have enough time.
Yosemite National Park, California
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
San Francisco, Mark wasn't impressed. He got a cold for one, and apart from Fishermans Wharf which was very touristy there was only Alcatraz and Golden Gate Bridge worth seeing.
Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco, California 
Golden Gate Bridge San Francisco, California 
Lombard Street, San Francisco, California 
Alcatraz, San Francisco, California 
The coast south of Carmel was lovely and we actually saw a whale in the sea.
Pacific Coast, south of Carmel
Ventura Beach was nice, the hotel overlooked a train crossing with bells and flashing lights, maybe its our weird sense of humour but we laughed every time a train went past, probably the other guests were down at reception demanding another room. Trains stopped running at 20.00hrs. There was a good restaurant opposite that served proper food, food portions over here are ridiculous Corinne ordered fish and chips and got three fish with a potion of chips.
Ventura Beach, California 
Ventura Pier, California 
Los Angeles was our last destination, Again a bit of a disappointment Fairfax was nice but Hollywood was a letdown. At least we can say we've been.

Santa Monica, California
Hollywood, California 
Los Angeles, California 
Hollywood sign, Los Angeles, California 
The Original Farmers Market, Fairfax, Los Angeles California
The Grove, Los Angeles California
 All in all, a great trip even though tiring, would recommend to anyone.