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Ash and Nicky's blog

Welcome to Nicky and Ashley's blog. We'll be using this to keep you all updated regarding our USA road trip.

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North America » United States » California » San Diego June 21st 2013

This will be our last blog entry for this trip as we're heading back to the UK tomorrow. We took a photo of our car mileometer earlier and it shows 2904 miles. The airport is only around 5-10 miles away and so we won't quite make it to 3000 miles. This morning we visited the Old Town part of San Diego which was wonderful. Old Town San Diego is considered the "birthplace" of California and is the site of the first permanent Spanish settlement in California. It is now a state protected national park and has a wide array of museums, shops and restaurants. During our trip to the Old Town, Nicky convinced me to go horse riding. She used to go horse riding when she was young and after we got married, we both went. ... read more
How many miles!
Ride 'em cowboy!
Nicky in restaurant

North America » United States » California » San Diego June 20th 2013

We've arrived at our final destination on our USA trip and are staying in the marina area of San Diego. Our hotel has two seals in a pool (fortunately not the swimming pool) that they have adopted after they were found along the San Diego coast and were unable to fend for themselves. I've attached some photos to this blog of one of the seals (called Billy). This evening we took a stroll along San Diego's Mission beach which is a 5 minute walk from the hotel and is a good place to watch the sun go down. When we returned to the hotel, we were able to watch the daily San Diego 'sea-world' fireworks from our balcony and so also added some photos to this blog entry. Tomorrow we're going to visit the San Diego ... read more
Road Trip
Billy the seal at our hotel #1
Billy the seal at our hotel #2

North America » United States » Arizona » Grand Canyon June 19th 2013

Sorry for the lack of updates once again, there was no internet access where we stayed in the Grand Canyon (I guess they want people to enjoy the views). We travelled from Monument Valley to the Grand Canyon on Sunday which turned into a longer journey than expected as one of the roads we were planning to take was closed resulting in something of a detour. Unfortunately our sat nav insisted on taking us down the closed road and wouldn't recommend another route. Fortunately I had downloaded a mobile phone app before we left the UK that included all of the USA roads and so we were able to navigate ourselves. Phew... We stayed on the north rim of the Grand Canyon in a wooden lodge which was great. The north rim is separated by only ... read more
Us at Grand Canyon North Rim
Sunset - Grand Canyon North Rim
View from Grand Canyon North Rim #2


Nicky and I got up at 4.45am this morning (Sunday) to go on our sunrise tour around Monument Valley. When the alarm went off we wondered whether it was going to be worth the effort; however we soon realised it most definitely was. I don't have time to label each of the 20 photos attached, but they generally speak for themselves. This blog entry follows quite closely behind the Bryce Canyon entry that was posted a few hours ago - those photos are worth looking at if you haven't seen them already. As prevbiously mentioned, we may not have internet access over the next couple of days whilst we're in the Grand Canyon and so we may not be able to post. We are taking a helicopter trip while we're there which Nicky is really looking ... read more
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North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon June 16th 2013

We spent today exploring Bryce Canyon and as you can see from the photos it was an amazing place. There are a number of viewing points with each providing a different perspective of the amphitheatres. The main viewing points were called sunrise point, sunset point, inspiration point and Bryce point, with Bryce point having an elevation of 8300ft. We saw a little chipmunk on one of the paths around Bryce Canyon and so took his photo and added it to the blog. He said his name was Alvin... After Bryce Canyon we drove to Monument Valley which has some iconic landmarks and locations that have been used in various western films - including a number starring John Wayne. Our room balcony has an amazing view of monument valley. We have a sunrise tour organised for tomorrow ... read more
Us at Bryce Canyon
Bryce Canyon Park Entrance
Bryce Canyon 2

North America » United States » Utah » Bryce Canyon June 15th 2013

Yesterday (Friday) we left Las Vegas and drove to Bryce Canyon. I've attached to this entry some additional photos from Las Vegas including some photos we took on the way to Bryce Canyon. Bryce Canyon National Park is a national park located in southwestern Utah. Despite its name, it's not a canyon but a collection of giant natural amphitheaters along the eastern side of the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Bryce is distinctive due to geological structures called hoodoos, formed by frost weathering and stream erosion of the river and lake bed sedimentary rocks. The rim at Bryce varies from 8,000 to 9,000 feet. The hotel we are staying was built in the style of log cabins and has various stuffed animals around the hotel and shop. I've attached one photo to this blog entry showing what looks like ... read more
Bellagio and Caesars Palace
Venitian
Harley Davidson Cafe

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas June 14th 2013

We've had a full day in Las Vegas and have been able to see the city in the daylight without all of the lights. Althought due to the heat, it is difficult to stay outside too long and so we've been in and out of the casinos and shops to cool down. So far we've played only the slot machines type of games and haven't yet played any of the tables (such as roulette, blackjack etc). Nicky has been lady luck so far and won $6 on a Judge Judy game at the Venetian. We cashed in our winnings and made good our escape. Hopefully they won't go out of business due to our visit. Interestingly people are still allowed to smoke in the casinos and so there are some people with big cigars playing the ... read more
Statue of Liberty
Excaliber Hotel and Casino
A small win for Nicky


Sorry for the lack of updates. We didn't have internet access whilst we were in Yosemite and have only just acquired it now we have arrived in Las Vegas. We left San Francisco on Monday and on our way out of the city, we drove down the famous winding Lombard street that has been in various films etc. Our hotel was located just outside of the Yosemite national park entrance and had a great view of the Merced river that flows through the park. The park covers over 3000 square km with numerous peaks and valleys providing spectacular views. We went rafting down the river and were able to enjoy the views whilst drifting on the water. The flow was generally slow moving, although it did get a little more lively at some points which was ... read more
Yosemite Lake
Coyote or Wolf - we didn't ask
Sunset


This morning we caught the hop on and hop off bus to visit the main shopping area (around Union Square). We ate some breakfast in a cafe in the main square and then wandered around the shops - Nicky bought a nice bag from Bloomingdales. We returned to the pier area in the afternoon via the cable car in preparation for our trip to Alcatraz. The cable car journey was good fun as I was one of those standing on the carriage ledge and holding on as we made our way up and down the steep city streets. The trip to Alcatraz was interesting and was good to see the island and main prison block. As you can see from the photos, the sky was quite cloudy / foggy and so made the trip quite appropriate ... read more
Cable Cars
Ash and Cable Car
Nicky and Cable Car


During our day in San Francisco, we took a hop-on and hop-off bus tour around the city and across the Golden Gate bridge. Whilst the city was bathed in sunshine, the bridge was largely covered in fog (as you can see in the photo). We were sat on the top deck of the open top bus and to say it was windy crossing the bridge would be an understatement. Our tour guide told us that the bridge can swing 27 feet and flex 10 feet under a heavy load - I think with the wind we experienced, we must have used up much of the spare engineering capacity. It was nice to have gone over it; however it wasn't anything to write home about (so to speak). For lunch we ate at Boudin's in the Fisherman's ... read more
Ash & Nicky With Golden Gate Bridge In Background
San Francisco Fishermans Wharf
San Fransisco Tram




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