A Creek-y Roadtrip

Trip Start Jun 15, 2008
Trip End Jul 07, 2008

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Friday, June 27, 2008

And eastwards we go :)

Because this was mostly a travelling day for us, we didn't really end up seeing all that much. There are however a few things worth mentioning...

We went southwards to see the second most photographed bridge in California and the famous Big Sur coastline. We couldn't drive too far south however because of the previously mentioned wild fires in California, which caused the roads to be closed from Big Sur and southwards. (The slightly overcast or foggy look attests to the wild fires throwing up a LOT of smoke in the surroundings.)
We're not 100% sure which bridge we prefer as we first encountered Rocky Creek Bridge before arriving at the more famous Bixby Bridge. The Rocky Creek Bridge might have the upperhand because we could go a bit down next to it for a more imposing view.

The coastline was rough and rugged as you can see, but that IS what it is known for :)

After the bridges we headed inland on our longest drive so far, about three hours in total. We were headed for Oakhurst, a small town that hardly anyone had heard of it seemed. We were not there to see the town though, but rather to have a good starting point for going to Yosemite National Park the next morning. The drive itself was rather uneventful, but we did have an amusing few minutes driving through the town of Los Banos, a place that seemed to consist of about 20 car repair shops and 40 fast food restaurants... many of the well known fast food chains even had two locations along the same 4-5 kilometer stretch of road in the middle of nowhere....

We did finally arrive in Oakhurst, where we were staying at a Best Western hotel... By now we had gotten to expect that all roadside motels in the US look exactly the same, but this one was somewhat different. The inside of the reception looked more like an old mountain cabin than a motel, and the room had huge Yosemite related paintings on the walls... Quite a pretty place really...

Well, next up is a cabin in the woods for us, so no more luxuries like a shower or airco ;)
Wish us luck :D
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bluejeans on

I can see Frank !!
Lots of people pics - and you all look comfy posing this time :) Trude should wear fire-engine red more often it suits her very well :) The hotel lobby is indeed very pretty - it looks like it maybe should be in Rivendell or someplace magical :) Sounds like you are having a wonderful time - looking forward to seeing pics from Yosemite :)

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