West Coast

Trip Start Mar 17, 1996
Trip End May 23, 1996

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Tuesday, March 26, 1996

(I'll preface by saying my journal entries from this trip are very brief without much detail. I may be able to add a bit from memory, but it was a while ago.)

The cross-country roadtrip began on St Patrick's Day with Josh and I driving just a bit south to Castlerock to stay with our friend, Jeannie. She took us out in the big town of Longview for St Patrick's Day.

Continued south to Portland for lunch with my brothers then out to the coast to stay at Teeter's beach cabin in Lincoln City. Got to wander the beach and chill-out in the cabin. It sits right on a cliff overlooking the ocean so it's quite nice.
March 19 we drove down to the Redwoods with stops along the way to look at big trees and do short hikes on trails.

Off again, this time to the Davis/Sacramento area to stay with Josh's friend, Ghansham. We checked out the UC Davis campus, had dinner and hung out at Espresso Roma.
Took a daytrip down to San Francisco. We were mainly around the Fisherman's Wharf area and also went on the Alcatraz tour. Wandered around a bit and drove out by Golden Gate Bridge for pictures. In the evening, we went out with Ghansham and Marlo.

We drove out to Yosemite, which is about 4 hours east of the San Francisco area. Josh has a Thousand Trails camping membership so we can camp at their sites for free. There was one just outside Yosemite park, which was actually closed to tent camping at the time but they let us camp there anyway. It was about another hour from there into the main valley of the park. Yosemite has some spectacular views and beautiful scenery.
It snowed on us a little bit the night of March 22. Brrrrr, it was freezing! We were up early to Yosemite. It was a sunny day which made for great pictures. We hiked to Mirror Lake and up to Vernal Falls. Also went around the valley floor. Back at the campsite, I attempted to make some pancake with my propane stove but the damn thing was either not on or going full blast so that didn't work well.

Icy in the morning. Drove through Yosemite and headed south to Los Angeles. We actually stayed in the suburb of Ontario with my aunt and uncle. Had dinner and rested watching tv in the evening.
March 25 we toured all around L.A. Went to Beverly Hills, down Rodeo Dr, wandered Venice Beach, Hollywood Walk of Fame (Hollywood is a pit - dirty, seedy) and La Brea Tar Pits. Josh did a great job with the Thomas Guide getting us around. When it was my turn to navigate, I was lost. My head was pounding after a day of dealing with L.A. traffic. Ugh.
I don't recall why we went to Universal Studios...might have been because we already knew we'd be going to Disneyworld in Florida, Josh doesn't like rollercoasters so Magic Mt was out, and I kind of think Josh may have wanted to go. Anyways, Universal Studios was completely lame. The rides were some of the stupidest things I've ever been on. We'd wait in freakin' long lines for things like the E.T. ride and it turns out to be so ridiculously lame. The shows were completely cheesey. The highlight might have been seeing the A-Team van. Ya, that lame. I couldn't imagine this place being fun for anyone over the age of 12.
March 27 my uncle took us out for breakfast before we headed to Las Vegas.

So did a very quick trip down the west coast visiting some of the big cities and a couple scenic national parks. Time to head east towards Vegas and some of the Canyonlands.
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