When They Build The Road You Want While You Wait #Travel #MondayBlogs

Last week I explained how there is much excitement in the Amber household as we plan next summer’s road-trip to Canada

Our plan is to fly to Calgary and over two weeks drive to Vancouver here are some of the highlights we’re looking at for our first couple of days: Calgary Tower , Fort Calgary , there is the famous Calgary Stampede which takes place July 7th – 16th and the  Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology near Drumheller

Meanwhile I’ve realised just how many other road trips we’ve done and I’m sharing them with you.

Last week was the 3000 mile trip to LA and back, all on the back of a packet of crisps, read the post here http://wp.me/p2Eu3u-9r6

This week is about the next trip to the west coast of America.

About a year after our trip to LA hubby and I (pre marriage and no kids) wanted to go back and see more of America, this time we flew into San Francisco and home from LA with a road- trip in between. We’re not huge city fans, so we jumped into our hire car and headed straight over the Golden Gate Bridge northwards, we were pleasantly surprised not to have to pay a toll, finding ourselves amongst rush hour traffic heading the right way out of the city.

First stop was the Napa valley region and a spot of wine tasting, interesting but when you’re driving and then flying home you can’t a) do too much tasting and b) bring too much wine home.

Next we drove almost to the Oregon border to the Redwood National Park , had a picture in front of  the giant “General Sherman” tree, but the park was very snowy and we hadn’t packed much cold weather clothing. Heading back down south we took the coastal road route 1 which hugged the rugged coastline, this was late Spring and there had been some ferocious storms, we’d been driving several hours and long past the last turnoff, when we were stopped by workmen. A landslide had knocked the road out and they were making a new one on the side of a very steep cliff, if we’d like to wait a while we could pass or turn around and go back. We decided to wait while they laid the shingle and graded and rolled it, then they waved us through, hubby asked what I could see down the drop off “absolutely nothing! Keep driving!”

We headed back to San Francisco for a spot of sight-seeing, and nearly got arrested for going down a closed road when we were lost, our saving grace was our accent and the fact hubby’s old style driving licence bamboozled the police officer. Think we went on a Twin Peaks trail, but I was still not speaking to hubby over the near arrest. Forgot about this until just now, I was dying for a pee when we were in the Bay area, found the public rest rooms, queued for ages crossing my legs only to discover non of the toilets had doors on them! I was so desperate by then, I had to forgo caring, assuming I was far enough away from home that I wouldn’t see anyone I knew. Then we headed down towards Bakersfield and the Sequoia National Park we do love our trees!

Passing through LA this time we decided to head to San Diego for a bit of sun, it had been snowy up in the Redwoods, the closer we got to the Mexican border the more security checks there were, we stopped just north of the city and next day went to the San Diego Sea World

A quick trip to Palm Springs, with an interesting drive through a dust storm. (Think we were ticking off nearly every weather condition on this trip) Palm Springs was lovely and warm in the city and then we took a cable car up the mountain to Mt San Jacinto State Park where it was snowing and we really hadn’t dressed appropriately again, at least we had booked dinner by the roaring log fire.

Lastly we high-tailed it back to LA, and fitted in The Universal Studio Hollywood Tour we sat in the Knight Rider car and tried to interact but it couldn’t understand our English accent, really enjoyed the studio tour, seeing characters from the latest Bat Man film at the time and seeing a well used pond feature in The Waltons and may more movies and TV series.

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Next week I take off without the Hubster to Australia.

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25 thoughts on “When They Build The Road You Want While You Wait #Travel #MondayBlogs

  1. Hi Rosie – what a great experience … encountering things you’d not expect – wonderful memories though … cheers Hilary

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  2. This brings back SO many wonderful memories of growing up in California! Thanks so much for sharing. (I do have to point out, however, that in California a tram takes tourists up a mountain. San Francisco is “Where little cable cars climb halfway to the stars”.) And I wish I was there right now!

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  3. Great post, Rosie. Love the story of the almost-arrest and the visit to the public rest rooms.
    My only trip to America was to California when my son was five. It was July so very hot when we went to see the Redwoods – amazing. Our friend took us to San Francisco and my son was very excited at the prospect of a trip in a cable car, thinking he was going to be swinging up above the city. When he saw it arrive at the stop, he said, ‘It’s just a tram.’ Corinne was so disappointed at his lack of enthusiasm. It got worse. In those days kids under five went free but when Corinne told the driver David was four he contradicted her and said he was five and a bit!

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  4. What a wonderful and eventful trip. So much weather! Have you been to the East Coast yet? Maine to Florida has so much to offer too. (That’s my side of the country 😉).

    Looking forward to hearing about Australia.

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  5. We also went to San Francisco and Napa Valley many years back – beautiful scenery, enjoyed the wine, and had excellent seafood. Those redwoods are huge!

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  6. You could develop another blog devoted to, “The Adventures of Rosie Amber.” Or should that be “misadventures”? Happy trails! 🙂

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  7. Great post! And I’m looking forward to reading about your planned trip to Canada (Heritage Park in Calgary is also well worth seeing – you can easily spend a day there).

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