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Las Vegas to Lone Pine

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The following should be spoken with an American Twang

"Howdy folks from Lone Pine California, at the foothills of Mt Whitney, in the Sierra Nevada Mountains - Hopalong Cassidy Territory"

Yes everyone, since our first blog we have changed states and have been through some of the most amazing country we have seen in our lives.

Wed 18th July day 5

Since leaving Sydney our feet have not hit the ground, so after our trip to the Grand Canyon on Tues we walked along the strip and decided to have an early night - not having any plans for the next day a sleep in might be in order - yes a record was set and we woke up at 11am!!!!!!!!!!! - an incredible 12 hours sleep by both of us - it was like we were 2 bears who had been put into hibernation, we did not move.

Over the road we ventured for brekky at 12-30pm for eggs benedict - wonderful, then lounging by the pool before heading to the legends in concert at Harrahs. When I say the pool, I mean pools - i counted at least 6 spread over an area of 2 rugby league fields - including bikini clad beer wenches!!!!!!!!!!

After the show we strolled along the strip again checking out more Casinos and Resorts. The crowds were incredible, wall to wall people everywhere but no one was hassled, no one was pissed, and there was no bad behaviour at all - and no police in sight, not sure how they do it after hassles in the Cross etc, could be min drinking age 21 ??? who knows...........

Legends show featured Donna Summer, Tom Jones, Blues Bros, Elvis and Lady Gaga - great ....it is always said that everyone has a double somewhere in the world and this show proves it --- amazing.

Thurs 19th July day 6

Alas - time to leave Vegas and to pick up our hire car , taxi to the rental depot with red neck cabbie who had a solution to American GFC and all the corrupt politicians etc etc..

After the paper work we seemed to strike our first problem - our GPS would not work - bloody hell - how do we get out Vegas now!!!(Greg and Michelle!!!!!!) who kindly let it to us.

It worked perfectly in Sydney so what happened - plugged into cigarette lighter but still no good - asked them to plug it into another car and presto - all good, our cars cig lighter was RS - so quick change of vehicles and we are on our way.

No Trevor this time to help as co pilot for driving on wrong side of road so shiela (Leonie) did a wonderful job, we only made 1 wrong turn and we were into the Nevada Desert - and when I say desert I mean desert.......... there is no vegetation at all except for a few scraggy bushes here and there. After a couple of hours or so on the road we entered the Death Valley National Park -- I know why it is called Death Valley - as nothing could possibly live here - no scraggy bushes nothing except mountains and valleys of rock and dirt and sand hills.... this is the lowest point in Nth America reaching 282ft below sea level, and place of highest temp in Western Hemisphere of 56.7 Degrees. (But only 43 today)

After 2 hours driving through this most amazing landscape (camera in meltdown ) we came into greener land on approach to Lone Pine (our o/n stop).

Went into pharmacy shop who sold everything from groceries, stationery, beer etc then got chatting to the pharmicist who turned into travel guide advising us to drive up the Alabama Hills and upto the top of Mt Whitney - the highest peak in mainland USA (14,495ft) above sea level -and into the southern part of Sequoia State Forest, the views were incredible again. So in 1 day we have been to lowest and highest points in USA Mainland!!!!!!!!!!

Tomorrow we head further north to Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite National Park............

To be continued


Pete and Leonie

Posted by peterleonie2012 21:42 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Sydney to Las Vegas

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Hi Everyone

Well, this is our very first blog post so we should start at the start............

Sat 14th July day 1

Met all the family at Rocksia Pub to celebrate our depature and my sisers Therese birthday. Then onto to the airport for our 9.5 hour flight to Honolulu. Jetstar were vey good, left on time and arrived into Honolulu 15 minutes early at 7.30 on the 14th. Flight was very smooth with no problems at all (Maj).

But alas no sleep by me and Leonie had a couple of hours. We flew into Honolulu over Pearl Harbour to see many USAF planes lined up on adjacent runways...... maybe ready to go in case. Caught shuttle for 20 min ride into Waikiki Beach.

Too early to check into our digs at Outrigger Beach Hotel so went to brekky in Dukes Bar then for a swim and wander around.
After checking in around noon we were picked up at 3-30pm to be taken to Paradise Cove for a Luau, beautiful islander dancing with dinner and drinks, which was excellent to say the least. Arrived home and where into bed - at last by 10.30pm on Sunday night - so no sleep for me since 6-30am Sat morning (by this time it is 6-30pm Sydney time Mon night,)so did not need much rocking..........

Sun 15th July day 2

Late start to the day and watched outrigger canoe races on Waikiki beach and had a swim, afterwards wandered about for brunch.
We decided to walk up Diamond Head which overlooks Waikiki Beach and is a result of a extinct volcano, great views over the beach and downtown Honolulu and out to Pearl Harbour.

More swims as a bit hot and sweaty from the 2 hour hike, the went to early dinner to Cheesecake Factory for dinner (thank you Michelle C) and back to return shuttle for our flight to Las Vegas.

Hawaiian Flight 8 also departed on time for the 5 hour 20 min flight into Vegas and again no sleep on board, however, we arrived on time at 7-30am Pacific and caught shuttle into our digs at the Bellagio.

Mon 16th July day 3

Walking through the arrivals hall you are confronted by Poker machines everywhere (slot machines as they call them) I guess we had to expect this.

The surrounding country coming into LV is amazing - truly desert with not a tree to be seen, mountain ranges with just rock and dirt - no vegetation at all - nothing like I have seen before.

Again too early to check into digs so left bags and wandered down the "Strip" how do I start to describe this city. Hotels/Resorts?Casinos so big you cannot believe your eyes.

Back to the Bellagio and checked in and a had couple of hours sleep before heading out with Jackie Longhurst ( a neighbour from Bungal St Engadine who has been living in Vegas for the past 11 years. She suggested we head a few K's down the road to The Yard House Bar and Grill where they have 142 beers on tap (I am in heaven), also had one of the best Rib Eye Steaks ever.

Tues 17th July day 4

5am start for our stretch limo to collect us to the airport for our Sundance helicopter ride to the Grand Canyon.
Leaving hust after 7am, Brad our pilot had us flying over Hoover Dam and lake Mead before landing at the bottom of the canyon for a short boat ride on the Colorado River, before ascending another 4000ft to the western rim. Onto Skywalk looking straight down through glass floor beneath you to the bottom of the canyon (people scared of heights dont even think of doing this.)

I reckon the Grand Canyon would be one of the most amazing natural wonders I have ever seen, the flight back was highlighted by flying over the Strip - what a great day................

Folks, it is now 7pm so going for beers and dinner, one more day in Vegas then collecting hire car for drive to San Francisco.


Pete and Leonie

PS All well and not a thing has gone wrong ..............

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