Page 2 of laurenwtravels Travel Blog Posts



We left Sonoma and drove to a town called Inverness for some food. After that we drove to Point Reyes. We walked down 302 steps to reach the lighthouse. We went inside the lighthouse and looked out on to the Pacific Ocean. We then had the long walk back up the steps and then a long drive to Sausalito. We looked around the shops and a farmers market. We got some food from the farmers market before driving across the Golden Gate bridge to San Francisco. We then spent the night in a hotel before flying home the next day.... read more

North America » United States » California » Sonoma September 9th 2010

We got up early and drove to Calistoga for breakfast. We looked around a few shops before driving to the Mumm Napa tour. We had a tour and had free samples along the way. We were taken through the various stages of making the champagne. The tour was very informative and the whole place was very professional. Afterwards we had a look around a small gallery and the shop. We then drove to get some food and went to a shopping outlet before heading back to the hotel.... read more

North America » United States » California » Fairfield September 8th 2010

Waffles for breakfast led to a drive to the Jelly Belly factory in Fairfield. We had a free tour of the factory and saw the various stages of making a Jelly bean. Apparently it takes 17-21 days to make a jelly bean. We got taken through the factory and got free samples during the tour including the newest flavour at the time,honey. After the tour we also tried some flavours from the 'sample bar'. A favourite of mine was the pink grapefruit. They were also developing flavours at the time which I am pretty sure they have made into the Beanboozled game. We got to try skunk spray,pencil shavings,toothpaste,rotten egg,canned dog food,barf,mouldy cheese,booger,baby wipes and centipede. We then had a Jelly Bean shaped pizza in the cafe and looked in the shop. We then left the ... read more

North America » United States » California » Lake Tahoe September 7th 2010

We started the day with a scenic stop at Emerald Lake. There were some stunning views and the lake was sparkling. We then stopped for some brunch in Tahoe City before driving on to Squaw Valley,the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. We had a look around the Valley which was rather quiet due to it being summer time. We had a look around the little shops and then drove back to Lake Tahoe via a road of very big houses. We returned to Harrah's and once again ate at the food court. We then walked around the shops in Lake Tahoe before returning to our hotel.... read more

North America » United States » Nevada » Virginia City September 6th 2010

An early rise and brunch in a diner began our day. We then drove into Reno and our first stop was a huge hotel called the The Peppermill. It had a casino,numerous wedding chapels,swimming pools,a ballroom,cafe's,restaurants,shops and bars. We then went around another place called Circus Circus which also had an arcade aimed at young people. We then looked around Silver Legacy and Eldorado hotel casinos as well. Although a tacky place it was bearable for a short amount of time.We left Reno and drove to a little town called Virginia City which was old-fashioned and almost out of a western movie. You really felt like you were on a movie set. There is a lot of history there and some interesting facts to ... read more

North America » United States » California » Lake Tahoe September 5th 2010

A relaxed day began with shopping in some nearby outlets and eating some fast food. The surroundings of Lake Tahoe are beautiful. We then spent the afternoon on a nearby beach. The sun was blazing and the weather was delightful. We ate some ice-cream and had a swim at the hotel pool. We rounded the day off with a meal out.... read more


We had an early morning as we were driving from one end of Yosemite National Park to the other. We drove for a solid couple of hours having a few scenery stops on the way. A very scenic drive and very enjoyable. One of the most beautiful drives and a really stunning National Park. The beauty of the natural landscape is really incredible. Once out of the park we drove to a small town called Lee Vining and stopped for some lunch. We then drove to Lake Tahoe to the hotel we were staying at. We had a look around the little shops and then had dinner. We then relaxed in our room for the rest of the night.... read more


One of the hottest days of the trip saw us trekking up to Bridle Falls. The heat was 96 Fahrenheit and the walk was steep. It was a relief to hear the sound of running water when we reached the first point.There was stunning views. We stopped for a small paddle then walked back down as it was nearing midday and the heat was rising. At the bottom we caught a shuttle to the Yosemite visitors center. We watched a small film in a well air-conditioned theater and looked around the Native Indian village. We grabbed a pizza and went for an early night.... read more


An early breakfast in the hotel was followed by a drive into Yosemite park. We started with El Capitan which is a huge rock formation that a lot of people like to rock climb on. We then drove along to Glacier Point which is a viewpoint from where you can see most of the park. We then drove on to Mariposa Grove which is the home of the giant sequoias. There is a huge tree there called the 'Fallen Monarch' which is basically one of the giant sequoias that has fallen down. We walked on a little further till we came across the Grizzly Giant which is one of the largest trees in the grove and is apparently over 1,800 years old! Another short walk and we arrived at the California tunnel tree which had a ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Gilroy September 1st 2010

So we left our hotel and as we were travelling for some hours we decided to take a stop at a shopping outlet in a place called Gilroy. We ate at an applebees and looked around all the shops. We had a long drive to our next stop,a hotel around 20 minutes drive from the Yosemite national park. We had a relaxing night since we had drove for most of the day,we grabbed some food from a local supermarket and had an early night.... read more




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