Once we were checked into our little motel in the middle of bumfuck nowhere, we headed into Joshua Tree National Park. Such an alien landscape it was incredible.
So flat with the strange Joshua Trees everywhere (incidentally, the trees were named by the Mormons on their way through, deciding that the peculiar shape of the branches resembled Joshua appealing to heaven). Every now and then a peculiar rock formation broke the landscape. There was even some climbing going on!!
As we went deeper into the park we found a spot called the Hidden Valley, a beautiful collection of rocky hills and small cliffs which enclosed a small valley, rustlers used to keep their stolen cattle there! It had a real timeless air, so quiet and peaceful (once we'd gotten away from the children some inconsiderate parents had released!) We hung around and saw a beautiful sunset, then got completely lost trying to find our way out, it was more enclosed than I'd realised!
The next day it was time for Vegas baby! We checked into our hotel, a great big glass pyramid called the Luxor with Egyptian themed innards, then went for a wander down the strip. Stopped off for a few puddings then had a quick look in the M&M store, so awesome! Everything is so wonderfully over the top in Las Vegas, it's just insane. We managed most of the true touristy bits, watched the Bellaggio fountains then got completely lost in Ceasers Palace and had a giant cocktail (by giant, I mean like a yard of cocktail). We finally found our way out when they closed the bar (closed the bar, in Vegas?? Lame huh!) and carried on down to the Venetian,
and finally all the way down to the pirate ship! Got a taxi back and found everything in our hotel had shut up for the night! Except for the slots of course, kinda depressing for Vegas really. According to our cabbie Vegas has been hit pretty hard by the recession, it only gets really busy at weekends now.
Woohoo time for a proper road trip! And I mean proper, driving on the right in a big old automatic transmission pick up truck listening to the hillbilly radio stations when we got bored of our meager collection of cds. It was incredibly simple getting out of LA (surprisingly!) and we were on the interstate in no time...