On to Yosemite...

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Upper "super crowded noisy" campground - $20 per nite, $5 shower

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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Hello all! What a night at the "Fawlty Towers" styled motel at Monterey. We had an early night without diner given the seafood was still lurking in our entrails, so we managed to catch up on news and our favourite TV series...yep given we jump from motel to motel we have a few programmes we like to watch! Its not all intellectual travelling!

Anyway, given it was Saturday it was the night for rednecks to appear in motels and be stupidly noisy. This time it was about a dozen of rednecks (with cowboy hats and boots included) who must of travelled all the way from hill billy state in order to sit on the back of their trucks in the motel parking and drink themselves silly. They had their coolers and endless amounts of low alcohol beer and just kept shouting at each other and generally being infantile (perhaps retard is a better word but so un-pc).

If that was not good enough around 10pm a fire crew and ambulance arrived at the motel and starting running around the place. We put our sneakers on just in case we had to make a dash for it (fire), and were amused to see one of the party of rednecks (a woman with over twice her reglamentary weight) having collapsed and taken away. Sounds like she must have had a great weekend.

Never a dull night in these places...

Anyway, off we took our car and drove off to Yosemite National Park, one of the most visited parks by touristy toursits. Monterey is a nice place to live in, but...but...but, whats with all the tramps? Same in San Francisco (and perhaps all the towns in California???). Nice to leave them back in the streets. No wonder we rush to the national parks after every town / city experience.

It was raining all the way. Apparently Califorinia is currently undergoing a bit drought so everyone seemed to be very cheerful about the rain (not heavy but continous), and we were happy that it was on a "driving day" instead of the hiking one we will have tomorrow.

Entrance fee to the park is $20 per car but it allows for seven days so not a bad deal. What we didn't know is that the popularity of this national park made it packed with people at each campground even at this time of October. We were actually lucky to arrive early and find one of the last four camping spaces (and believe us, its the smallest space we have seen up to date, where you are basically sleeping on top of the neighbours feet). All that luxury for $20 a night.

No showers on site, so you have to drive to the campground next door and pay $5 per person for that. Having said that, it was one of the cleanest showers ever (with towels included) and plenty of liquid soap and shampoo. Marcos cleansed himself 10 times in order to compensate the price a bit and ensured his skin was ultra wrinkly too before going out...

There is no day that can end badly with a good camp fire, so that is exactly what we did with a good warm soup and our books. What a night sky.

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