I Need a Vacation | USA Roadtrip Part 5

Continued from Part 4

Leaving Vegas, we drove for a really long time through the desert towards Yosemite National Park. At one stage we passed a prison with a road sign alongside stating ‘Prison Area, Hitchhiking Prohibited’. I don’t think either of us would have been that interested in giving a man in an orange suit a lift. Besides, there would have been no room for him with all our shopping piled high in the backseat.

Yosemite was beautiful but once the sun went down, visions of horror movies were flooding our colourful imaginations and I was starting to wonder if someone would stop us and tell us they knew ‘what we did last summer’. Deciding to drive the whole way to San Francisco we eventually arrived at midnight. Two hours later, after contemplating sleeping in a carpark, we found a hotel to rest our weary heads.

San Francisco was a short stay consisting of Alcatraz, a drive over the Golden Gate Bridge and a trip down the world’s most crooked road, Lombard Street. We had dinner and visited some bars with some English friends we met in Vegas. The following day after a compulsory shopping stop, we were on our way down the west coast.

First stop Santa Cruz. The boardwalk is full of amusement rides and American junk food, so it would’ve been rude not to eat a corndog for lunch. I felt completely let down that the deep fried Twinkie stall was closed, when would we get an opportunity like that again!? A quick spin on the rollercoaster and we were back in the car.

Continuing along the Big Sur, and boy was it BIG! It went on and on and on. The scenery is amazing but we decided we’d had enough of staring at ocean and the coast and made a decision to go all the way to L.A.

Arriving in La La Land, we located our apartment complex, right off Sunset Boulevard and next to Beverly Hills. Also home to Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Chris ‘Mr Big’ Noth. During our stay the receptionist insisted we get a photo with Mr Big, interrupting him from his sunbathing to stand next to us, looking oh so serious, for a photo.

We spent our time in L.A doing last minute shopping, sunbathing on the beach in Santa Monica and getting lost in the Hollywood Hills. On our last evening, we shunned the clubs on Sunset Boulevard and settled for an evening of swimming in the pool, relaxing in the jacuzzi, indulging in a pizza and reminiscing over what was one of the most amazing experiences of our lives.

Thank you USA for being big, crazy, kooky and fun. You’re my favourite.

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