The car we bought and slept in
Bellingham to Los Angeles - 6 Weeks
We intended to hire a car to drive to L.A but due to under 25 insurance charges and the one-way fee it was going to be very expensive, but luckily the car hire company had an X-army car for sale for $1000 (plus $80 for some licence thing), and having only 60,000 miles this seemed a bargain. We bought it, then we celebrated such a significant saving with some beers, in fact we got so drunk we lost the car and only found it after several drunk hours wandering the streets of Bellingham. Our first night and we discovered the seats didn't fully recline, and we had to sleep almost sat up but hey c'est la vie.
We basically did a national park tour starting with the quality Olympic NP with its 3 different zones, mountain, coastal and forest.
Then we climbed Mt St Helens, the one that erupted in 1980. This was a quality Nat. Park, showing the affect of the eruption which exploded from one side of the mountain, and a line of devastation, with dead, bent over trees and
Driving near the North Cascades National Park
lava flows on one side and on the other beautiful forest. A really cool national park.
We climbed a branch of the massive Mt. Rainier, and it was beautiful to see the chain of volcanos - Baker, Mt St Helens, Mt Hood.
Crater Lake N.P was impressive also, a freezing cold lake, formed in the crater of another volcano, that stopped me breathing when I jumped into it.
We drove down the beautiful California coast until San Fran then we headed inland to Yosemite N.P for some more ace scenery, with El Capitan, half-dome and some serious drops from some over-hangs that shook the stomach.
We drove across the Nevada desert into Utah and halfway across decided to sleep in a Mcdonalds car park, until 3 cop cars surrounded us and told us to move on, Congratulations U.S.A on having such a FREE country, one of the coppers was actually eating a doughnut.
From Salt Lake city we visited Antelope island with all its huge Bison/buffalo animals and then we continued on to explore more National parks in Utah. In fact Utah is my favourite state, with its 5
A hike around Lake Ann
parks from heaven; Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches,
such variety and an absolute delight to drive and walk around.
The car broke down close to the very impressive Monument valley and we were lucky that someone came to the car park where we had slept and realised I must have pressed the pedal while sleeping that night, he stuck a pen in the engine to unflood one of the parts and we were off.
Grand canyon is a beautiful spot and was worth the hike down from the top into the canyon, although we nowhere near made it down to the colorado river.
Las vegas was funny as we got kicked out of a casino by 5 or 6 security guards then slept pissed as farts in the Circus Circus car park.
We drove through Joshua tree N.P, stopping to copy the U2 album cover, and then we arrived in LA. Here we chilled with my dad for some weeks and sold the car for $800. So we paid $300 plus petrol to drive 7000 miles in 6 weeks, quality.[/b[
From L.A we flew to
Chihuahua in Mexcio
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