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Travel: Road Trip Part 2

Hey there! So I left you in Monterey...

Day 5: Monterey to Yosemite

(188.3 miles - 4 hours 20 mins)
Oh god, what a ridiculously long drive. Of course, I slept most of the way. A quick stop on route for some food and the only place around is Taco Bell- shudder. A little nibble, a slip of drink and back on the road. Progressively, the scenery became more and more green with less and less around. There are beautiful valleys and rock formations but not much else. We pulled up at Evergreen Lodge and it's like something out of a movie. A proper wooden lodge with a wrap around porch and people sitting on tree stumps. There was a wedding that evening so there were loads of really glam people around which looked so out of place but kind of chic too- like a Vogue shoot entitled "Fabulous in the Forrest" or something. After dinner we went for star gazing on one of the "rock decks". It was unreal. The stars were like a million diamonds in the sky and because of the lack of pollution, they were crystal clear. It was such an amazing experience. 

Day 6: Yosemite (said "Yo-sem-ity)
Up at the crack of dawn, eurgh! Quick breakie and off to the "Rec Lodge" for our hike. Uh huh, no one told me there would be hiking so I wore denim short shorts and converse...with my Mulberry bag! Completely inappropriate for the day's activities. Our group consisted of our guide, Sarah, the four of us and another guy, George who was there alone. I'm not sure if he was actually called George but that's what we called him because he looked like George Takei from Star Trek. 
Yosemite is SO beautiful. We went to the Overlook and Sarah told us stories about the first people to live there and ancient tribes. Some of it was a bit far-fetched and hocus pocus like but it didn't take away from the unbelievable beauty of the place. We went to Half Dome which is a rock not shaped like a dome at all and marveled at that for a bit. Then we hiked up another none-dome-like-but-called-dome rock. It was unreal. I preferred hiking because looking at all the rocks is nice but after a while you just think "I am looking at rocks that really,all look the same".

Day 7: Yosemite to Mammoth
( 40 miles - 1 hour)
Hardly a drive at all along the Tioga Pass and to the ski resort of Mammoth. It's funny to see a place that's usually covered in snow looking so colourful. We found our hotel- a condo (so American) and I have to say, I am in love with it! I want to go back just to stay in this gorgeous place again. Its a hotel but each room was an apartment with it's own kitchen, living room and balcony. Its so gorgeous! 
Out and about in Mammoth is lovely, it's so pretty. We walked around the village and then went for some shopping- my fave! All of the restaurants there are available on room service provided by the hotel. We ordered Chinese and sat on the balcony which was so peaceful and chilled, it was perfect. It was nice to unwind after the hiking in Yosemite and good to rest before exploring Mammoth tomorrow!

Day 8: Mammoth 
Breakfast by the lake, what more could a girl ask for? Leaving the lake and jumping onto the
gondola, we were atop of Mammoth Mountain in no time at all. It's so beautiful, so quiet and sunny. It's such a change from usual London life. People were BMXing from the top of the mountain down to the bottom which looked like a lot of fun. Everyone is so friendly, just striking up conversation and being really nice- it's so much nicer than England where everyone is pretty miserable most of the time. After posing and checking out the scenery, we came back down and went to have a look at the other lakes. To be honest- you've seen one, you've seen them all! They are beautiful but there isn't much to do other than take selfies and feel zen. We must have been there for a long time because before we knew it the sun was going down and we were headed back to our fabulous hotel/condo.

Day 9: Mammoth to Death Valley
Last part coming up soon, stay tuned!

Travel: Road Trip Part 1

Hellooo! Did you missed me? I've been on the MOST incredible holiday. I went with my family as we haven't all been away together in years and thought it would be fun. I have taken lots of photos and little mementos so I can share it all with you! I've had to split it up into a few posts so look out for all parts and enjoy!

Day 1: London to San Francisco
(5,343 miles - 10 hours 45 mins)
Yikes what a long flight! 10 hours or so but thankfully no children as school resumes this week- ha ha suckers! So here I am coming out of the airport, sunglasses already perched on my nose ready for some serious heat and..nothing. It was windy and grey- less than impressed so far San Fran! A short ride to Fisherman's Wharf on the sea front and to the hotel. As we arrived around 1am UK time, all I wanted to do was sleep. I begrudgingly went for dinner which turned out to be delicious. As SF is on the coast the sea food is incredible. I'm not a huge sea food girl but the calamari was perfect- so soft and melt in your mouth-y. Just what I needed before bed!

Day 2: San Francisco
Up early and out on a boat ride to the Golden Gate Bridge! It still wasn't much warmer so being on a boat was a cold and windy experience. The GGB is huge- it's so much bigger than in the movies. To give you an idea- they have a team of guys who paint the bridge and once they've finished, it's already time for them to get back to the beginning and start again! The boat went past Alacratz which is deceptively close to the shore line. It's only around a mile and a half out but the water is icy (icier than Wales? Doubt it!!) and really choppy never mind the otters that are also in there. It hasn't (quite) put me off doing the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon but still....

Walking around SF it warmed up massively (yay!) and I was surprised at how steep the streets are. Of course we went to the famous "crookedest street in the world" which is crazy. People actually live on that road and it, like all of the streets there, requires you to park at exactly a 90 degree angle so you car doesn't accidentally roll down or something crazy like that! The best part of SF for me was the trams! They are definitely the best way to get around the city and it's fun to drape off the side as it chugs up the hills- I felt so Anne Hathaway in the Princess Diaries! (I am SO cheesy, I know).

Day 3: San Francisco to Monterey
(122.7 miles - 2 hours 30 mins )
Out of the city to little old Monterey. I have to be honest, I'm an extreme sleeper. Every single time we got into the car, I was out. Like dead-to-the-world out. It happens all the time - I have a problem- so my in car sight seeing was limited to say the least! A quick pit stop for gas (not petrol, "gas") and it was my opportunity to get some Cheetos! YUM! Someone tell me why we don't have them in England? Delish! As we arrived in Monterey late after walking around SF and a having a long lazy brunch, there was time for a quick dinner. It seems that Monterey residents are ones for a quiet life as most places were closed by half 8! Cheetos for dinner, oh well...

Day 4: Monterey
The main attraction in Monterey is the aquarium. I'm usually really against these types of things, I am not an animal person at all but I just think it's so cruel. (I'm looking at you SeaWorld!) but my family were very keen so off we went. Okay so I hate myself for saying it but it was amazing! It was huge and filled with some awesome little sea creatures. It took us around 3 hours to get round it all and I would totally recommend going! The fish and sharks they have in there are gorgeous.

After the aquarium we drove down to Lovers Point which is a gorgeous ocean view point. It was very romantic and there was even a wedding happening right on the beach. Then we drove down the famous 17 Mile Drive. This is down the California coast and contains some insane real estate. We drove to Pebble Beach where I saw my dream house - a bargain at a casual $22 million! The whole place was just beautiful, the kind of place you'd die to live in. To be honest you probably would die as you'd be bankrupt and wouldn't be able to afford food...

Day 5: Monterey to Yosemite
...........coming soon!

Life Update

Hey guys!

Sorry I've been MIA for a little while- I've been on a road trip down the west coast of California and I've started a new job! Blog post about the awesome road trip coming up soon. I'm sorry I've been a bit useless, I've just been SO busy- you know what it's like when you start somewhere new....early morning, late finishes and finding sleep anywhere you can!

Keep watching this space!


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