Great story Mel!
My sister flew out to join me after summer camp and we did 5 weeks of travelling together. People can’t believe what we managed to fit in during that time or how good we were at sticking to a budget. My sister said she didn’t know if she would ever go back to America, so while she had the chance to be there she wanted to see as much as possible. Here I’m going to tell you about the California experience of our trip.
Exploring Las Vegas
We flew from my camp in Washington and landed in Vegas at about 4pm. One of our friends was with us and was so excited at being there she dropped and broke her camera when she was taking a picture of the ‘Welcome to Las Vegas’ sign, oops! We had to check into a hotel for somewhere to keep our stuff but unfortunately we had a night bus at 4am so we weren’t able to stay. We booked a hotel called Circus Circus because it was one of the cheapest and I was gutted we were only using it as a store room as the beds looked so comfy! I wasn’t able to drink being 20 so we decided to just use the night to look around. It was cool, but I was also surprised that some things are only open in the day like circus rides and the tigers.
Our night bus got us to the Grand Canyon just in time for the sunset. It was pretty and it sounds silly but the Canyon was so much bigger than I’d expected. We camped for the night, not getting much sleep because we didn’t have any sleeping bags and it was also freezing cold – not that it mattered much because we were up at 4am again to see the sunrise. It was beautiful and one of my favourite things of the whole summer. We spent the day looking around the canyon and walking about.
Los Angeles here we come!
That night we got another night bus to LA. We had a hostel booked right off the star strip which was really cool. We walked around all the stars and did a celebrity houses tour. Usually those sorts of things make me cringe but when in Rome and all that. It was actually really exciting. That night we did a limo tour in a group and went to a club. I think they took us to the worst club in LA because we were allowed in underage and it was an absolute dive. The next day we went to Venice beach and saw the pier that was shown in the Forest Gump film. I’d enjoyed my time in LA and that night we got yet another night bus to San Francisco.
San Fran was also one of my favourite places. Luckily we had a good 5 nights there in a semi decent hostel so we had a chance to catch our breath having not really slept for the last 5! San Fran was cold but sunny and gorgeous. We walked over the Golden Gate bridge, we went to Alcatraz which was an amazing day and we went to Pier 39 in the hope of spotting a sea lion. We weren’t prepared to see hundreds all lounging about on wooden platforms. They were great, but they stunk!
We also saw the wonkiest road, and went up the Coit Tower. We were also desperate to go to Yosemite. I couldn’t drive though and my sister refused to as she thought it would be too stressful. We put signs all round the hostel that we would pay for the whole day if someone else would drive but luckily a man came along offering a personalised tour. He drove us there and around, the scenery was stunning and we hugged a big red wood tree. I’m so glad we got the opportunity to go.
Over to the East Coast
After San Fran we got a flight to visit our uncle near Niagara and the next bit of trip began! I absolutely loved our California section of the trip. Technically some of these places aren’t in the state of California but pretty much :). It was fab and the perfect place to go after a busy summer at camp. Being a camp counselor was great and the travelling at the end was even better.