Hanford, California, of all places..

Trip Start Jun 01, 2010
Trip End Mar 11, 2011

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

At 08:45 the waiter knocked on our door. Breakfast had arrived. We are planning for an early start today. After our breakfast we packed up again (we are getting really efficient in this process), loaded up the car and headed in the direction of highway 1 up north to escape the busy madness of Los Angeles. Wrong! It was Sunday and everybody, and I mean, everybody planned on enjoying one of the first warm days in LA at the beach. The streets were packed and highway 1 was one big traffic jam.

We stopped at Manhattan beach to enjoy a little ice cream and the beach atmosphere. Surfers in the water, a beach full of people looking good or pretending to look good, dozens of beach volleyball fields filled with jumping athletes. We snapped a few pictures and went on our way. Around Malibu beach I had enough of crawling forward, so we headed land inward, towards route 33, Los Padros National Forest.

Soon the roads cleared up and progress was made. We headed into the park which was a windy road through beautiful mountain passes and valleys. The road took longer than expected so we decided to cut our initial route short and take a shorter route back to the highway. Once we reached the highway we put the Altima on cruise control and steamed towards Hanford in the central valley.

Why Hanford you might think? What is there that is so interesting that it is worth a stop? Actually nothing much except for the fact that it was a place that we would reach around dinner time, and they have tons of Chinese restaurants as a remainder of railroad history. So Linda opened up a laptop, plugged in the ReadyBroadband stick (which is finally working again) and booked a Hotel for the night whilst we were cruising on highway 99. Around 19:00 we reached our hotel for the night, the Sequoia Hotel in Hanford (which was number one on tripadvisor). We checked in and headed out to the Chinese restaurant 'Hong Kong Chop Suey' for some well anticipated food.

The restaurant served (as expected) Chinese food adjusted to American taste in portions the size of mountains, nevertheless we enjoyed our Tsing Tao with deep fried noodles and prawns, spring rolls, Lemon Fish and sweet and sour pork. The staff was happy to hear some Cantonese, but me 'complimenting' the owner with a joking 'Ho Gwei Lo Choi' (Good white man food) was not received as funny. Tired from a long day of traveling we headed back to the Hotel to update our photo album and update our travel blog.

Tomorrow we head for Napa. yum yum...
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Olivia on

Well, ppl in LA just like to go hang out on the freeways during weekends. Many of them are just driving back and forth and not really having any destination in mind, lol...

I hate to have "American" style Chinese food. Tomorrow in Napa, you guys will have lots of good food.

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