A road trip through the US of A - Part XI: California, quite awake
|Yosemite National Park|
Before all that was another National park waiting for us though: Yosemite! We heard about it for such a long time. The Half Dome is world famous, not only amongst climbers. When we finally saw it, we were impressed. It feels as if you met a super star in person. And the scenery around was equally amazing. We climbed on some of the rocks along the street and were fascinated by all the shapes of rock and color. It was soooo beautiful. We didn't stay for too long, but what we saw was great. We parked our camper on a campsite a little of the main valley. There were warnings of bears everywhere and it reminded us that we're not in the Swiss alps, even thout there was a lot of stone around us. We absolutely enjoyed our time there, made a little tour through the vally and continued our journey in direction of Petaluma, our next bigger goal.
|Half Dome, Yosemite Valley|
As our friends from Sebastopol were in Montana when we came to the area, this time we could stay with my sisters friends Derek and Allison, another awesome couple. They were perfect hosts and it felt as if we knew each other forever. Thanks to them we enjoyed cool beer at Lagunitas, just around the corner from their place (which means about a good 20 minutes drive, but well, there this is around the corner), which came with interesting sound and people - it was a blast. And to lose a couple of those calories again, we could spend the days at the gym that Derek frequently goes to. He gave us som coupons for people who consider moving there. Well, why shouldn't we consider it for a couple of days so that we could use the gym. Who knows, maybe one day we're eventually done with Switzerland...
So after Crab Chowder, Lagunitas Beer and tons of other delicacies we had to head South. Through San Francisco, all along the Highway 1. Legendary road, spectacular views. On the road we passed by Phyllis' new home, so we decided to check if she might be home. And she was! Too bad John wasn't there. But well, maybe next time. I am pretty sure we'll come back to the US, or we might have a chance even to meet in Switzerland. After a nice lunch and a tour through the interesting residence for people over 50 we drove on with a lot of fresh energy.
When we looked at hotel prices (especially in this extremely touristy area), as we considered enjoying the luxury of a night in a real bed, we realized once again that the costs would have been crazy high without the
|Back in LA|
More pictures from our road trip through California