Blogs from California, United States, North America - page 2


10thSeptember saw us do a monster drive between Crater Lake and Lake Tahoe. We managed to book a nice hotel en route in a Maccy D’s car park scabbing their free wifi (turned into a standard thing for us now). We arrived at Lake Tahoe in time for a nice sunset and some Domino’s pizza along with the biggest can of Bud you have ever seen. Whilst in the hotel, a minor miracle happened and I found us a campsite in Yosemite Valley for the weekend. Must have been a cancellation as the sites usually book up in April! So we left Lake Tahoe, after visiting the lake properly, in search of the place we have been wanting to go back to since visiting 5 years ago. After a quick stop at Mono Lake just before ... read more
Mono Lake
Dog Lake
Hike up to Glacier Point

North America » United States » California » Fresno September 12th 2015

Hi Friends, Well, the summer is not over for us... this week we're headed to 106 and the drought and fires continue here in California. Today the skies over Fresno were filled with ash from the Rough Fire just 40 miles to the east from Fresno. The sun never came out today as the smoke and ash from the fires filled the skies. According to ABC, the wildfire has grown to more than 119,000 acres and is only 29 percent contained. More than 2,200 personnel are battling the flames. Today action was taken to move big cats from a sanctuary near Dunlap to safer places with zoos and other preserves. We haven't seen rain here in a very long time. We have watering restrictions in place for our lawns and water usage. Selling your home? ... read more
Fresno Sunset 9/11/15

North America » United States » California » San Francisco September 12th 2015

If you're planning to visit Alcatraz, Lonely Planet recommends buying your ticket online at least two weeks in advance. So I went to the official website two weeks ahead of my trip only to find that the entire week was sold out, with the exception of the 12.30 sailing on Thursday afternoon. No room for indecision there. *** I started the day by walking down Market St. to the Ferry Terminal Building, which opened in 1898 and managed to survive the 1906 earthquake. (This may or may not be due to the fact that it's built directly over the water, on 5000 wooden pilings driven into San Francisco Bay.) In the 1990s, the building was converted into a giant food hall, and I picked up some salt water taffy to take to my friend Brianna back ... read more
Alcatraz (2)
Alcatraz (3)
Alcatraz (4)

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Hollywood September 8th 2015

Omg what an amazing first day! I got here at 7.30pm on the 7th and got to the hotel at 11pm, flight was 10 and ahalf hours and the longest of my life but now I'm here I'm so glad I done it and so proud of myself! Iv had the most amazing day! First of walked to the backstreet boys star and I just thought to myself I'm actually here! It was such an unreal moment! Then we took a taxi up to the hollywood sign, the closes you can get to the front of it, and it felt unreal I couldn't quite believe what was happening, me Infront of the hollywood sign. Are you for real!? Went to walk up the back of the sign but then decided that 36 degrees heat was not ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco September 7th 2015

According to Lonely Planet, San Francisco's top two sights are the Golden Gate Bridge and Golden Gate Park. I started in the park, which was founded in 1866 on a stretch of sandy wasteland that no one was using for anything better. Needless to say, there's been some pretty extensive landscaping over the past 150 years, and the park now has walking paths, flower gardens, lakes, and thousands of pine, cypress, and eucalyptus trees. The park's centerpiece is the Japanese Tea Garden, which was created for the World's Fair in 1894. Apparently, the original version was really tacky, with a fake Japanese village, a bazaar selling trinkets, and rickshaws available for hire. After the fair ended, the city hired a Japanese gardener named Makoto Hagiwara to take charge, and he completely redesigned the place, replacing the ... read more
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Park (3)
Park (4)

North America » United States » California » San Diego September 7th 2015

BBBWWWWaaahhhhhhhhh the holiday is OVER!!!!!!! Can you believe it? Five and a half weeks has just vanished into thin air. I'm glad we have 12,380 photos and 3,000 hours of video as proof that we were actually here otherwise I'd be inclined to think it was all a dream. Tonight is our last night at the Declan Suites in San Diego. One last sleep in tomorrow and then we drive ourselves via the beaches, La Jolla, Huntington, Laguna and Long Beach for our 11.30pm flight out of LAX. Since my last blog we spent 3 nights at the Marriott in Anaheim. We did two huge days back to back at Disneyland and California Adventure Land. Both were fantastic. Disneyland is 60 years old this year. The shows and attractions were fantastic. I even managed to drag ... read more
New Orleans paddle steamer at Disney
Toy Story's Slinky in parade
Disney castle

North America » United States » California » San Diego September 6th 2015

One of my fondest memories from my first year of college was attending the graduation of a friend from the United States Marine Corp in San Diego California. It was a proud moment for him and for his family. It was also my first taste of California. Four years, multiple oversea tours, and two very different people later, I embarked on a second trip back to California but this time instead of saying goodbye, I was welcoming him back into civilian life. I want to stress something before I get too far into my California trip. Hundreds of thousands of our military men and women are discharged from their branches every year. Many have spent time in less than ideal places going without the material pleasures most of our great country's inhabitants have taken for granted. ... read more
San Diego Harbor
Mission Beach beer
Mission Beach

North America » United States » California » Walnut Creek August 30th 2015

Our family and friends gave us a wonderful bon voyage fiesta today. So wonderful to see everyone, not to mention the margaritas and Mexican food were sublime! Thank you everyone! We'll see you soon in Sayulita, Mexico!... read more

North America » United States » California » Alameda August 30th 2015

Lily is recovering from the big fiesta today. She has no idea what's in store for her...since she can't read a map.... read more

North America » United States » California » Alameda August 30th 2015

Here's our plan! Our trip will take 30 driving hours which we will split into 4 days. We will be going over 1,800 miles, half will be in California/Arizona and the other half in Mexico. Day 1: Alameda to San Bernardino: La Quinta Hotel (it's dog friendly!) Day 2: San Bernardino to Nogales Arizona: Candlewood Suites (Also dog friendly) Day 3: Nogales to Navajoa, Sonora, Mx: Best Western Del Rio (Only dog friendly hotel in Mexico...well...almost) Day 4: Navajoa to Sayulita, Nayarit: Casa Tarzan (Great little villa with a pool!) We have rented Casa Tarzan in Sayulita for 3 and a half months while we house hunt. Wish us luck!... read more

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