Day 70 – Olancha to Amargosa Valley via Death Valley

We probably should have left the motel earlier in the morning as we knew we were going to drive through death valley and that it was going to be very hot, but we didn’t. Instead we got away between 10 and 11 and it was already very hot. The first part of the road was fairly quiet until we turned onto the 190, where it became busier. The landscape was still dry but the mountains were becoming more interesting and colourful, and I was snapping away like crazy as the landscape kept changing. Continue reading

Day 68 – Yosemite & Mammoth Lakes

Our second day in Yosemite started quite early as we had to be out of the motel in Mariposa by 10am, with no breakfast or coffee provided. Luckily we stocked up on food a couple of days before and there was a coffee shop around the corner so we were fed and watered and off at ten. The drive to the park is fairly nice and scenic, but once we got close to the park gates we got stuck in a massive queue to Continue reading

Day 67 – Tulare to Yosemite Valley & Mariposa

Like with all the big National Parks, accommodation is extremely expensive in or very near the park, which is how we ended up in Tulare (also, I liked the name!). We were going to spend the day in Yosemite and that involves a lot of driving so we were off around 10am. We used our $80 annual card to enter the park at Fish Camp and turned off for Glacier Point after a little while. Continue reading

Day 65 – San Diego to Temecula & Balboa Park, Point Loma and Mission Beach

We were staying in Temecula for the night, a move prompted by the silly hotel prices in San Diego for the start of Comic Con. Temecula is only 60 miles north of San Diego, which is how we planned it so that we could spend the day in San Diego sightseeing before heading off to Temecula. Bearing all this in mind we didn’t start the day too late and plotted a route to see most of the things you are supposed to see in the city. Continue reading

Day 64 – Los Angeles to San Diego & Seaworld

Now, I have to put in a disclaimer right off the bat – I don’t agree with keeping animals in zoos, or places like SeaWorld, but I’ve never been to a place like SeaWorld, and I am unlikely to ever see Orcas in the wild, so I decided to give it a go. We left LA using our trusted satnav and came across a bit of bad traffic – the reason soon became clear when we saw a burning vehicle next to the road – I’ve never seen that in real life! Continue reading

Day 63 – Los Angeles & Being Touristy

We took it fairly easy and didn’t get going until a bit later as we didn’t have a massive amount planned for the day. I wanted to go to downtown LA as I’d read that there’s some nice restaurants and bars there, but on second thought I realised we weren’t that interested in seeing things like the Staples Center and LA Live as it is all just big buildings after all. We rather decided to do the other touristy things, Continue reading