A road trip through the US of A - Part I: Los Angeles CA - Austin TX
|Gran Canyon selfie|
We tried for a few weeks before flying to the US, but finding a couch to surf seems to be a very difficult thing in Los Angeles. Finally, on our last day in Kuala Lumpur, we gave in and booked our first stay with AirBnb. As we booked last second, we had to take what we could get (most of the other potential hosts didn't reply within 24 hours). We were not really thrilled to pay to sleep in someones living room, but still better than sleeping on Hollywood boulevard. We were happy to arrive at our hosts place in West Los Angeles, just off Santa Monica boulevard. The hosts were nice, the appartment as well and soon we were off to a well deserved night of sleep.
|Heading north from LA|
Our first destination was Las Vegas. We had decided beforehand, that we wanted to take two days to drive to Vegas through Death Valley. First, we drove to the next petrol station, to fill our tank. Second, we went to the next supermarket, to buy groceries for the next few days. And 200$ were gone. After more than a year in Asia, it took a while to get used to Western prices again. We left LA through Hollywood. Lucky us, we had been warned before. Hollywood is a rather run-down district of LA and the walk of fame is nothing spectacular either. But we had fun watching all the disappointed tourists in their best change of clothes.
|Road towards Death Valley|
The next morning, we enjoyed a great breakfast of granola with fruits before hitting the road again. The scenery through the mountains and Death Valley was amazing. Just browsing through our pictures makes me wanna go there again! As we underestimated the distance, it was already late afternoon when we reached Vegas. And the sun disappeared as one of the few yearly sandstorms was about to hit the city. We were happy to soon reach our host Stan in Henderson, just outside Vegas, so we could sleep in a bed instead of our car.
|Lake Mead draught signs (Hoover Dam)|
|Zion National Park|
After this amazing sight, we drove down to Flagstaff and finally slept on a Walmart parking lot, again surrounded by many huge RVs. The next day, in the afternoon, we reached Albuquerque, where we had found some nice couchsurfing hosts. So we got a shower at last, delicious vegan food, great company and a good nights sleep in a real bed. And we made a typical rookie mistake. We forgot to bring Lisas ID when going to a bar for some craft beer...
More pictures of our road trip between Los Angeles, CA and Austin, TX