San Diego

Trip Start Oct 09, 2006
Trip End Sep 2007

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Thursday, November 23, 2006

You really need a car to get around in the states, the Greyhound tends to drop you off in the most violent drug abusing red light district of any city, and the problem with trains and planes is that you then normally have to get a bus again, you wont have the correct change for the bus and you need exact change to get on, and also you have no idea what bus goes where, or when you are on the bus, it is very easy to sail past the place you need to get off at because often the bus drivers are the most ignorant unhelpful people in the world. Dragging around a backpack at the same time means opting to hire a car is an easy decision, even if this reduces the length of our trip.
So we were discussing which car we should have with the Alamo rent a car bloke at the airport, he was keen for us to go for the more expensive midsize car as we would be doing at least 1000 miles getting to San Diego, Vegas and San Fransico.
We were more keen on the economy car, as it was $200 cheaper.
We stuck with the cheaper option and he told us to go choose our car from the economy row. Luckily enough there was a 3.5L V6 Chevy Malibu parked there, so we chose that one and it is probably the best car we have had so far.
We drove down to Dan Diego and arrived at the banana bungalow, a hostel right on the beach in the evening after being stuck in loads of thanksgiving traffic.
Loads of surfers and marines staying at the hostel which made for some funny drinking nights.
San Diego is maybe the nicest city we have stayed in so far, very chilled atmosphere, very warm, people stand around and applaud and cheer when the sun sets over the pacific.
We had thanksgiving at the hostel, like a normal crimbo dinner but with sweet potatoes and marshmallows (candied yams?) and pumpkin pie, no Yorkshire pudding though.
There was a place called La Jolla, lots of Mediterranean houses and quiet street, and a colony of seals live on one of the beaches.
One of the blokes from the Wu Tan Clan was on the beach one morning (Killer priest), He was checking out the dolphins swimming around with the surfers, there were loads of surfers and they could stroke the dolphins as they swam past.
We took the car up the US1 pacific highway which runs right along the coast, right on the edge of the mountains sometimes, especially through a bit called the Big Sur. This stretch of road climbs around the mountains which drop right into the ocean and make for some hairy driving, especially when it got dark. Amazing scenery though, and another colony of seals along the way, this time elephant seals with bizarre shaped noses that like to tear lumps from each other in between lazing around on the beach.
We took 2 days with a very relaxed drive to San Francisco, we were not on a deadline with the car so we stopped loads of places and took any route we fancied.
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