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Old 07-05-2006, 02:01 PM   #1
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Two go wild and go west! - THREAD 6 COMPLETE!

Welcome to my trip report for our Vegas and California trip! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/zwavin.gif[/img]

This is the sixth thread of this report.

The first thread of this report can be found here, the second thread can be found here, the third thread can be found here, the fourth thread can be found here and the fifth thread can be found here

As this will cover a number of different places, the Vegas and Lake Havasu City parts have already been posted in this forum. The San Diego and Disneyland / Los Angeles parts of our trip were posted in the Disneyland forum.
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Wednesday 26 April Ė part one: how many different alarm calls? [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img]

Not only did we have alarm calls at 5.15 and 5.30, but we also ended up with one at 5.00 as well, when the alarm clock decided to go off. Letís hope it doesnít do that every day weíre here, that would be too much. [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif[/img]

We were ready and outside by 6.20 at our appointed time to be picked up, but the minivan didnít arrive until about 6.35. We had to make another couple of stops at other hotels and then we were on our way. We headed over the Bay Bridge and we could see where they were building a new bridge to try and ease congestion and also because the current bridge is no longer deemed safe, following the 1989 earthquake.

I didnít see much more for the next hour and a half, as I just dozed on and off. My eyes were so tired, I just couldnít keep them open. I guess that my body really wasnít ready to wake up this morning.

I did see some wind farms and Mark told me that they were everywhere as we drove along. There were also literally thousands of cows along the route, which made my day. [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

We stopped for gas and we all got out to stretch our legs, get some food and use the restrooms and then it was back in the minivan for another couple of hours and through Mariposa.



Soon we were into Yosemite itself and I didnít realise that it went on for so long. [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/jawdrop.gif[/img] We were still about 40 miles out from the centre when we crossed past the sign at the entrance. The scenery was just beautiful and I snapped what I could as we travelled along, although we were going way too fast to get many good shots. [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/pout.gif[/img] The driver Roman was a complete nutcase, he went so fast around all the bends. Fortunately it didnít affect me too badly, but Mark felt really sick. [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/mad.gif[/img] This was not how we wanted to enter Yosemite.



At last when we made our first stop in the park, overlooking Brideval Falls. Mark told me that all the sickness was worth it when he saw the view and it was breathtaking.



Next: did I just see that? [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img]
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Re: Two go wild and go west! - THREAD 6 - UPDATED 7/5!

Wow!! What beautiful views!! Can't wait to see and hear more!
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Beautiful photos Cheryl!!! Sorry you had such a bad driver. Can't wait for more!!
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Great update, but what happened to your flight to San Francisco, how much it costs to get into the city, and your first night in the area?!! Did I just miss it, or was it skipped?
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Beatutiful photos!

Can't wait to hear more.
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Great update, but what happened to your flight to San Francisco, how much it costs to get into the city, and your first night in the area?!! Did I just miss it, or was it skipped?

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I was wondering that too! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

Gorgeous pictures of Yosemite though.
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Great pictures I love Yosemite it is one to the prettiest places on earth.
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Beautiful photos!! More please! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Cheryl,
I have been loving your TR, but I can't find the report of your flight up to SF and your trip into the city. From the title of your last report in DLR, I understand it cost a bit to get into the city! I'm dying to read your account of our freeway(s)!
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You're totally right - that's what happens when you skip from one forum to another, I missed an installment. I'll post that one now - sorry for the mix-up! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/blushing.gif[/img]
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Stepping back to recover the installment I forgot to post yesterday! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/whistling2.gif[/img]

Tuesday 25 April Ė part eight: how much to get into the city? [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/jawdrop.gif[/img]

The wait went quite quickly, something to do with the airport having wireless Ė thanks for the hint on that from Terri! (DrDolphin) [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif[/img] It was incredible to watch Southwest at work. Weíve never flown with them before, but Iíve heard all about the amazing turn around times and they are good. The flight before us was due to head off to Oakland at 6.00 and that plane got in 20 minutes before that. They got everyone off and immediately the new lot started to board. Everyone was so well organised into lines A, B and C and I noticed that they had started to line up about half an hour before their flight. We learnt from that and made sure that we were sitting by the A line and sure enough, we were about the tenth people in line.

We got chatting to a guy called Paul, who works as a trader, but wants to run his own tour company, just catering for a few people at a time. We were chatting away and when we boarded, we sat next to him and carried on. He even offered to drive us to the BART station to get us into San Francisco, but he had also told us that he had a daughter and it was clear that he wanted to get home and see her, so we thanked him very much for his kind offer, but told him weíd take a taxi as originally planned.

We said our goodbyes to him and headed for baggage claim. Only a minute later, our cases all arrived. All three were amongst the first ten off the plane. We couldnít believe our luck. We really couldnít fault Southwest and if our schedule coincides with theirs again, then weíll have no hesitation in flying with them again.

We went outside and found a taxi, pretty steep at $50 - $60 to get into San Francisco, but still it was late and we had an early start and so long as it got us there without us having to mess about, then that worked for us. [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/082502yes_prv.gif[/img] This driver was excellent, very fast and took us there directly and for the first time in America, we didnít feel like he was trying to make money out of us.

We walked into the Fairmont and all I can say is wow. [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/jawdrop.gif[/img] Their lobby is quite something. I was too tired to really take it in though, but James who checked us in did make me smile. He was so friendly and told us that he was giving us a good room on the 19th floor and set us up with a wake up call for 5.15 and a second for 5.30. We didnít want to miss our Yosemite tour.

We walked for what felt like ages to the new part of the Fairmont and found our room easily enough, it was right next door to the lifts. [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif[/img] James!

We couldnít make out what our view was, as it was dark, but the city sure looks good at night and the room was lovely. I got a couple of photos of it:



After uploading the photos, it was time for bed. We had an alarm call just seven hours away. [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img]

Today we walked 3.63 miles
The weather today was cloudy and in the 60ís.
The best thing today was our lunch at Yamabuki.
The worst thing today was losing the autograph book and not getting into the PCH Grill.
The funniest thing today was Goofy in the lobby of the Disneyland Hotel.
Today I tried Indiana Jones Adventure
And the result was itís one of Disneyís best ever rides.
The most magical moment today was seeing my donkey.

Next: how many different alarm calls? [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img] (although you've already had that installment, just to really confuse you! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] )
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Great update, Cheryl. That is a beautiful room!!
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Your room is beautiful, and I love the pictures in Yosemite. Can't wait to see more.

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Great updates Cheryl! What a fantastic room at the Fairmont [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif[/img] And the pictures of Yosemite are quite spectacular [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/love.gif[/img]

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