06/21/2013

USA - Flagstaff - Grand Canyon

From Las Vegas to Flagstaff isn't that big for a roadtrip. But the difference in landscapes is. From the dusty vast desert planes to the mountains again, with woods and rocks and waterfalls en peaks with snow on.

Grand Canyon
Railroads crossing the landscapes. Old towns and villages of trappers and Route 66 stations.
Well well. Williams didn't feel like being interesing for lodging so we ended up again in a Best Western: pretty lam and old and shared accomodation and crappy wi-fi but we managed to install ourselves for 2 nights and enjoy the environment. Though we wondered of the wildlife park in Williams would have been interesting paying a visit.
We found a local restaurant which was pretty nice and we also went visiting the town itself. A bit charming. We were kinda cold, but the locals girl wore like almost nothing as temperature was risgin from deep freeze to a ultra hot 16 degrees... well we came from over 25...so i was wearing my fleece and the local pizza girl was being her sunny self in a light summerdress. I didn't care for it it added jsut that spice to the delicious pizza she served us.
Anyway the town of Flagstaff is a bit dead, it has some charactristics and it has it kind of people and dodgy sides. Apart from that you find everything you need: gs station, supermarkts all over and nature. Beautiful nature.
Flagstaff

We kinda underestimated the distance to Grand Canyon. But taking te shuttle spared us a lot of time. The problem with the Grand canyon is it's too big. So big you can't even feel overwhelmed by it while standig on the edge as yuor mind has no ideao about the bigness of that thing.
And most of the shuttlestops jsut serve you the same view but different. Alas we didn't find and didn't look for the spot were you can walk over the canyon on a glass floor.
We were tired and returned home in the afternoon.
Breakfast in the best Western was not that great either but hey as said everythig you need in the supermarkts a few miles along the highway.
When leaving Flagstaff we tried to visit some other natural parks but as we didn't have time to hike over there, we just could imagine what we were missing out on.
Flagstaff

So, Flagstaff: great stop to visit the GC in the middle of nature and of you want to hike: lots of possibilities.


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06/11/2013

USA - San Francisco - Yosemite

El Capitan
El Capitan, one of the famous peaks you can see along the road to Ysemite village


At our last day in San Francisco it was time to pack the luggage and leave for Yosemite National Park. On that sunny morning. Me and P left with the cable car to the Alamo Rental Car center. Just as we arrived we claimed our SUV which was not that easy as they were short on SUV and tried to give us anothe car a huge Chrysler 300 but alas the trunk isn't that big. The people that entered the room jsut after us also claimed a SUV so we were lucky to have the first chance. It was a Huyndai Tuscon, which hasn't got that big trunk either but no had to take it and we got it without any further trouble. So getting used to the automatic transmission and finding the warehouse to buy a babyseat. I went for a starbucks while my friend was searching his parking ticket which he lost and had to go to a lot of administration and 24 dollars to have his car out of the parking lot. So there we went, after a short puzzle we managed to get all the luggage and the baby in tha car and of we went to Yosemite. Ok we missed one of the highwayroads but then we were on the road to nature. And what kid of nature. Amazing landscapes just out of the city.
After a few hours we arrived in Oakhurst where we stayed in Best Western Plus Yosemite Gateway Inn shared accomodation as my bedroom was apart from the other, wi-fi not that good except in in the restaurant, TV full of white noise except in the bedroom of my friends. And of course Mister E made his terriotory all over the place ;-) They got a nice restaurant there where i ate a burger. Alas for me. the little guy had a little illness and the next day i really was sick....
but after breakfast we went to Yosemite, we already had paid for our annual park admission fee. The road were full of curves and yes it's not easy when you're sick...
In the park we stayed in teh valley and after a while we found out how the shultte worked. Everythign in the valley you just can do on foot. The waterfalls, you see El Capitan on the way to it, lots of other mountains and you can go for a hike, even small ones but anyway quite steep when your not that fit. So we still enjoyed the trip but it was a long first day in nature.
And all of the parks have visitor centers where they help you out with almost evrything you may want to ask. A pity if you're queueing and some tourists are asking irrelevant questions bout the weather elswhere and the road to undefined other destinations. We hadn't got time to visit the Sequoia's due to tiredness and of course Mister E needed food and to sleep.
That night luckily i got better and the next morning i even could eat some breakfast, except no pancakes for me.

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