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Trip Start Sep 13, 2012
Trip End Oct 24, 2012

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

The heat smacked us in the face as we came out of LA airport which after a 2.5 hr drive to Heathrow, a 10.5 hr flight to LA and a 1 hour wait in line to get through customs was morale as well as energy sapping.  Welcome to America!

The flight had been good and the food was great, though the portions were small even by Weight to Go standards.  No wonder Richard Branson is so slim. A peak out of the window had confirmed that indeed America was a big country.  A circuitous shuttle brought us to Fess Parker's (who he?) Double Tree Resort.  Reminiscent of Disneyland and every other Californian hotel I've stayed in - boardwalks, cabins and lots of safety notices everywhere.  

Always feel as though I'm in some kind of sanitised nature park when in California.  This is not nature "red in tooth and claw" but nature manicured with nail scissors.  Even the Pacific looks as though it's been buffed and polished with a duster.   

The plan is to be gracious English guests but how long will we keep this up?  Encountering our first Americans en masse at dinner their noise and grating voices got on our nerves within 5 minutes.  It kinda like was, like, annoying.  One shared gargantuan club sandwich oozing with mayo reminded us why America has an obesity problem.

We hung on until 9pm and then could resist tiredness no longer.  
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