Monterey - West Coast of California

Trip Start May 05, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

I am currently sitting in a hotel lobby at 8am in the morning watching the last day of the Premiership football on the internet - pressing refresh every five minutes - whilst Lou is still in bed recovering from a knackering week, not sure who is missing out, but come on Everton.

The week has been brilliant, but exhausting - we seem to be walking everywhere and probably have done 10 miles a day minimum at the moment. We arrived in San Francisco after a pretty cool flight on BA from terminal 5 - thankfully the luggage turned up but ours was one of the last so we had a bit of a panic - terminal 5 is fantasticly smooth (Dave you would have loved it - cheers for the lift again, I hope the house is still standing). We got to our hotel via a really rough part of the city - I don't think Lou was looking forward to it at first but we ended up in a great location right in the centre - on the first day we went to Alcatraz - a bit touristy but we went before the rush which made it better and the fact that 1 0f the 10 remaining people who served time on the island was there that day (apparently very rare) - unfortunately he only did a bank robbery and was not a mass murderer as that would have been cool.
After Alcatraz we walked the city of San Fran - sounds easy but if you have seen the film Bullitt (Steve McQueen) with all the famous car chases - it has some of the steepest inclines - good views but the legs take a beating. We also walked the Golden gate bridge in San Fran and visited some excellent places - it is one of the better Citys I have been to in the US - but we moved on to visit Yosemite national park. The start was bit scary as we rented a car - not only was it huge, but I had not told Lou that I had never driven an automatic or really driven in the US - so the first few meters in heavy city traffic were interesting to say the least - especially the emergency stop with nobody in front ( those breaks are really good) - luckily no one hit us from behind and after several sweaty minutes we were off and running - nearly having our first marital fall out in the process due to the stress. After 4 hours we arrived in Yosemite - it really is beautiful and words and probably pictures could not do it justice - loads of waterfalls - two of the highest in the world - amazing views - and within the first hour we had seen the giant sequoas - (Redwood species) and a black bear cub - on its own as someone had run over its mother apparently the day before. Loads of mule deer, Racoons etc. We decided to go on walk here early the next morning -just a gentle one apparently - anyway to cut a long story short we got lost - we saw a sign saying Mountain Lion country and decided as you do to go looking for one - unfortunately as we had only gone on a leisurely walk before brekkie we had no food, no suncream, no hats and half a bottle of water - 10 miles, 3 and a half hours later we got back on track - having nearly run in front of a bear and an unnatural stop where the bear didn't shit in the woods but Rob did. A few lessons were learnt there - but it was exciting, for me anyway - unfortunately no lion though. From Yosemite we are now in monterey - another 4 hour drive - a coastal town which again is beautiful - loads of seals, sea lions, sea otters (some great pics), albatross and we just did a boat trip to see about 15 hump back whales, risso dolphins and pacific white striped dolphins - i didnt really have my sea legs on though and felt sick as a dog. So far so good though, loads more has happened but my brain is not working too great this early - and the football has gone horribly wrong as Im writing. Next up is the drive down the Big Sur towards LA - with elephant seals and elephants sized breasts on the menu.I will hpefuly get some pics up soon - I hope everyone is well and looking forward to work tomorrow - see you laters

Rob and Lou
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dippyskinner on

missing you already!
Great to hear from you and that you are having a fantastic time so far. I must admit I haven't laughed so much at the story of Rob driving for the first time in the states and with an automatic - classic! Also getting lost in bear country, it all sounds too familiar!

We had a lovely time with Allen and Tracey in the Yorkshire Dales. The weather was perfect which made walking five hours a day pleasurable. We didn't get lost or see any wild animals, only bl..... sheep!

Looking forward to hearing of your next adventures.

Will keep you informed of all our news as and when.


Lots of love 'n' stuff

Ma and Pa


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