LA to San Francisico

Trip Start Nov 10, 2003
Trip End Jun 30, 2004

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Tuesday, June 15, 2004

We arrived in LA the day before we left Fiji - very odd, and it took us about 3 days to get over it. This was not a bad thing as we recuperated on Venice beach. We loved it there (could probably live there too) We had a long walk to Santa Monica and hit the shops on the boulevard (window shopping again...) and chilled out in the neat bars and cafes on the beach front. After a trip to LA hospital to have stitches removed we hired a car and headed down to San Diego for a few days. We hired a cool car with Satellite Navigation (who we named Candy) who got us everywhere we needed to go without any fuss so that was cool especially after previous map reading disagreements... We visited the Zoo and spent a day wandering around. The funniest thing was watching the monkeys er em procreating. We took the cable car ride over the zoo which I absolutely hated... and walked back down through the lion enclosures. We weren't to fussed about seeing the elephants as they were not as big as the ones in Chang Mai. Loved the drive down from LA, people who live in the suburbs are obviously well off and some of the houses were amazing. Anyway next stop Vegas, the drive through the Mojave Desert to Nevada was cool but not as cool as getting to our hotel on the strip and settling in for 3 days of outrageous fun. We stayed at the Emperial Palace over looking Caesars Palace and the Mirage and spent the days wandering up and down the strip people watching and popping in to various casinos for a bit of day time gambling. On both evenings we got dressed up, had dinner and gambled into the wee small hours. I didn't win much but J raked it in big time on the day we left (well about $200!!) That's all I can really say about Vegas, we had a brilliant time and can't wait to go again.....
We stopped over in Bishop for a night then headed to Yosemite, the temperature went from 97 to 52 in about six hours and the park was beautiful, it's different from anything we have seen on our travels so far. We were extremely lucky to spot an American Brown Bear wandering along the side of the road and past out car - considering there are only 18 of them in the whole park it was quite a find. We decided that we would drive all the way to San Francisco in one day so that we could spend as much time there as possible.
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