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Old 07-21-2006, 12:59 AM   #1
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Two go wild and go west! - THREAD 7 - COMPLETE!

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

This is the seventh and final 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, the fifth thread can be found here and the sixth 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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Friday 28 April Ė part one: is there nowhere to eat here?! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img]

I so did not want to get up when the wake up call when at 7.00. Fortunately, I had woken up a few minutes before, so it wasnít a total shock to me. We had to get moving, as Maureen and Kevan were picked up the car at 7.30 and would then get us a few minutes later.

Sure enough, we got a call at 7.25 and they would be with us in 10 minutes. I was glad of those extra few minutes, as we werenít ready to go at that point when they called us! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img] [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/blushing.gif[/img]

We were a little late getting to them, but I think it was all forgiven when I explained that the delay had been due to waiting for the CD to record. I had promised them yesterday that I would run off a copy of photos I had taken for them, as Maureen hadnít been able to get any photos while she was clinging on to the cable car. Of course, in hindsight, knowing whatís since happened to her photos from San Francisco, I am so glad I did that. [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/082502yes_prv.gif[/img]

Maureeen was driving and we were quickly out of San Francisco and on to the freeway. She kept saying that someone should take a photo of her driving on the freeways of California, but do you know, I never got one! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img] I really didnít want to distract her Ė I dread to think how distracting it is to have someone snapping photos of you while youíre driving! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/whistling2.gif[/img] Anyway, I made up for it with plenty of scenery shots as we left San Francisco and headed into the green countryside surrounding the city.



Before long, we were on to the I-1, which I know a lot of people on the boards told me was one of the most spectacular drives in California and possibly further afield. While it was a nice enough drive, I wouldnít say it was as spectacular as I was hoping for. [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/pout.gif[/img] I guess the weather didnít help. Perhaps when itís brilliant sunshine, itís better.




We initially thought because it was a scenic route and presumably thousands of people drove this route every day during the summer months in particular, that there would be plenty of places to eat, but not a bit of it. [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img] By now, we were really hungry, but we couldnít find anything and we were all eagerly keeping an eye out for something.

Eventually we got to Santa Cruz and we saw a McDonaldís. Well, that was something. We kept looking, but couldnít see anything else further into the town, so we turned around and went back there. When we got there, boy were we all hungry! I ended up having pancakes, a hash brown and most of a sundae. That was the only way I could fill up! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/082502yes_prv.gif[/img]

Then we were back on the road again and heading for Monterey. The countryside when we got there was lovely.



Next: performing penguins and tame birds! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: Two go wild and go west! - THREAD 7 - UPDATED 7/21!

Great update Cheryl!!! Love the photos!! Can't wait to hear all about Monterey!!
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Nice shots, even though the weather looked miserable.
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Re: Two go wild and go west! - THREAD 7 - UPDATED 7/21!

The same thing happened to me when driving from San Francisco to Monterey, the only place we saw to eat was a small cafe and I swear there were about 100 motorcycles parked in front so we just kept going!
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DH and I took Hwy 1 north to Mendocino one year and it was beautiful. It was in the fall however, and they tell me that the weather is better (less fog, etc.) during that time of year. We had already scoped out where to eat along the way and actually ate breakfast in the restaurant that was used in the movie "The Birds". It was in Bodaga Bay. We stopped and looked at the building that was used for the schoolhouse in the movie also. It was really cool.
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Many years ago my ex and I drove Highway 1 from Monterey down to Santa Barbara. I don't think I've ever driven it from SF to Monterey (we usually stayed with friends in the south bay area). I [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/love.gif[/img] the drive! We took 2 days and the sky was blue and there was a gentle breeze. I swear I made my ex stop every 2 miles because one view was more breathtaking than the next. I'm sorry your drive wasn't as spectacular. I hope you enjoy your day in Monterey. We've been there several times and always had a good time.
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Great update Cheryl. Can't wait for the next installment.
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Great update Cheryl! Sorry the weather wasn't cooperating and it was foggy [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img]

Looking forward to more [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
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Great pictures, I love PCH, its a great drive. I've done it all the way from San Deigo to the Washington/Canada boarder.
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Friday 28 April Ė part two: performing penguins and tame birds! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

We followed the signs for the Aquarium, which was to be our first stop and quickly found parking and not too badly priced either. Why on earth parking charges in San Francisco are so high, I have no idea. Everywhere else in California is reasonable, so whatís the deal in San Francisco? [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/questionicon.gif[/img]

We walked through the Cannery area and it was a bit like a ghost town. Iím sure itís like Lake Havasu City in that itís probably thriving in the summer months, but it certainly wasnít today. [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/082502no_prv.gif[/img]



We quickly found the Aquarium and got our tickets. My goodness, they were steep - $21.95, thatís about $6 more than we paid in Boston for their Aquarium. I really hoped that this place would live up to the high ticket price.. and for a while, it did. We went through the left hand section of the Aquarium first, which includes a kelp forest and details about the tropics and the different fish that live in them.



Then we went outside into an aviary area, where birds were just wandering around, literally within touching distance. I donít think Iíve ever seen birds as tame as these in my life. [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/082502no_prv.gif[/img]


This section was all about life in clear water and you go outside for some superb views across Monterey Bay.



By now, we had been in here for about three quarters of an hour and we only had one and a half hours before we had to be at the whale watching. [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/eek.gif[/img] I was getting a bit worried, as we hadnít done half of the place yet, so we needed to speed up our pace.

We did that and headed upstairs, so that Maureen could see her beloved penguins. Boy, do these guys love to perform for the public! [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/082502yes_prv.gif[/img] They were swimming away in front of us all lined up, as if they were doing a dance. Itís unlike anything Iíve ever seen before and it was clear that these animals really enjoyed their lives here.



I think from here on in is where the disappointment started. There was only the one tank of penguins and the rest of the area was devoted to children and information on activities for them. Thatís fine for families, but we were looking forward to some more for adults as well and to be honest, they made a big deal of the penguins. They were signposted all over the place and yet there was only one tank in a huge area.

Still no matter, there was still plenty to do here on the other side of the Aquarium, including the sharks. The theming here was wonderful.



Next: where are the sharks? [img]/ubb/images/graemlins/ukid.gif[/img]
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[b]Fantastic report and superb photos!!!
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Cheryl, those photos are amazing!!! The look like pictures straight out of a photography book! Great job!
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Great photos of the aquarium Cheryl!!!! We visited there and found it very nice. Can't wait to read and see more!!!
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Cheryl - I think your pictures are the aquarium are some of your best yet. The colors are beautiful. I love penquins, too. They are so playful and fun to watch. Sorry there wasn't more for adults there.

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