2nd day in SF started well after securing accommodation for the night at a very respectable hotel in the city centre. We headed straight there to check in and avoid losing the reservation.
What a city SF is, we enjoyed brunch on the roof top of Macy,s and enjoyed the ambiance and generally just chilled out for an hour or so, we needed it!!! Meandered our way through Union square which houses all the upper end brand shopping. (A bit of trivia! Did you know that the brands Levi and Gap originated in SF). We are no longer meandering......the streets are REALLY steep, we laboured our way through China Town and the Wharf District and headed back to our hotel via the cable car. The queue for the cable car had a longer wait time than any of the rides at Disney Land. R managed a position at the back of the car which enabled him a magic view and some great Kodak shots.
Disappointingly we were unable to secure another night in SF (not even in the suburbs) so the following day we had a drive around the city and headed for our tour of Alcatraz. Thankfully we took the advice of a local in LA and prebooked this tour as on arrival at the Pier we discovered the next available tour was in three days time. Well worth the visit!!
Leaving Alcatraz and SF, R. giving up on the (Glenda PS) and solely relying on the GPS he down loaded free from the Internet, we again found ourselves heading off the wrong exit from the busy 6 lane freeway. After a lengthly detour R decided to buy a Tom Tom and peace again now reigns!!!!!!! Off to Yosemite.
19-20th September YOSEMITE
After being surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the Grampians for over 10 years it is hard for us to be impressed by mountains, Yosemite surpassed all our expectations. It is similar to the Grampians with its rock formations only on a much bigger scale, at some points we were over 9,000 ft above sea level. We did some high altitude training with a walk to the Vernall Falls which is a 1.3k very steep climb to the base of the falls (the streets of SF had nothing on this) G really struggled with her breathing and only just made it. R continued to the top which was another 1km further on, consisting mainly of stairs. No need to mention we slept well that night. We stayed the night just out of the National Park and visited the Mariposa Grove, home to some of the largest Sequoia trees (25 feet in diameter ) and onto Glacier Point considered to be one of the best views in the world.? Both were very impressive !!!
We left Yosemite over the Tioga Pass heading for Las Vegas. Just to top off the whole wilderness experience G spotted a small bear foraging around an empty Camp Site, unfortunately we were unable to do a u turn to capture on camera. We set up camp at a town named Bishop that night.
21st - 22nd September. DEATH VALLEY - LAS VEGAS
What an appropriate name, it was 106 degrees on an overcast day with tempretures over 100 in the shade!!!!!!!! Hot barren and dusty it was like being in a John Wayne movie, you could just picture the cowboys riding over the hills into the valley, R loved it. He said he was most impressed by the colour change in the landscape, I think he was fantasizing about being one of those cowboys. G's verdict, happy to have had the experience, however not a destination You would Be interested in revisiting. Most Australians consider Cooper Peddy to be hot and barren, it has nothing on Death Valley where it can get up to 215F. degrees in summer.
After some very taxing driving and long days we arrived in Las Vegas a day early and have decided to use it as a rest day.
We were both disappointed not to have received any messages from our collingwood supporter friends!!!!.... Go Swannies and Jobe for bronlow!!
NOW FOR THE SHOPPING!!!