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California Road Trip with a Child. (56K NO NO)

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Andybtsn, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. Andybtsn

    Don

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    Location: North Yorkshire

    Americans get such an unfair rep really, strangers are so nice to us out there, always smiling, polite and say hello, they loved Sophia. So many would come up and ask if we wanted a picture taking of us all with out camera. It can get a bit much in restaurants and shops when sometimes you want to be left alone but I come back to England and everyone looks grumpy, no one speaks, it really is a different world out there.

    Nice edit btw, I was just about to say the 56k thing really was wasted with a load of computer geeks eh ;)
     
  2. digipeep

    Wise Guy

    Joined: May 10, 2007

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    I changed the 56k cos someone beat me to it early in the thread, missed it on first read.

    I love California I've been on my own there 4 times now, but my OH of several years for some reason just can't stand them Americans, I took her to Las Vegas once and she said that is the last time she ever sets foot on American soil.

    Just going through your photos again brings backs so many memories, I had the chance to go into Yosemite, travel through the Tioga pass then around the back of Yosemite down the Sierra Nevada down to Death Valley onto Las Vegas.

    I suppose I could always do a road trip on my own again, I'd like to visit the Pacific North West next time.
     
  3. drunkenmaster

    Caporegime

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    That's generally why I'm defensive about America(ns) on these forums. News paints the worst picture possible of every place you can go, here included. Though young for two main trips I went for a long weekend to New York(supposedly the least friendly place there pretty much) at 24 as well. Almost everyone everywhere was nice on all three trips, it's as simple as that. New York was less friendly but that was more due to how busy a place it was than people being mean.

    Cali in particular, it's depressing to come back from, the people actually being friendly and appearing happy, the general feel of the state, being able to drive from some of the most impressive national parks to fantastic beaches in a few hours with some brilliant towns and Cities in between, the weather.

    When something went wrong over there, either wrong food or, the car broke down, they fell over themselves to help out. It's hard to be in a bad mood with that much damn sunshine though :p
     
  4. Cupra

    Sgarrista

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    Good read.
     
  5. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

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    Just did that one last month, absolutely recommended :)
     
  6. DampCat

    Capodecina

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    Location: Manchestah

    Glad you got better weather than I did. Drove HWY 1 from LA to SF in July with a GoPro for those beautiful ocean views and got nothing but fog and ming all the way up :(
     
  7. Virdi

    Mobster

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    Amazing!!
     
  8. fiveub

    Commissario

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    I am going to San Jose in a couple of weeks, what did you wear out there? I guess it is T-Shirt weather? :p
     
  9. Andybtsn

    Don

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    Hmm, it was fine during the day in everywhere except San Francisco for wearing t-shirt, but after say 5pm it got cold. San Francisco it was cold and windy throughout the day. You won't need a coat, it's not like England but I'd pack hoodies, jumpers etc. It's winter remember!
     
  10. Cosimo

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    Great write up and pictures. Thanks for sharing. :)
     
  11. fiveub

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    Awesome thank you, will just take casual wear then like you say, tshirts, hoodies, shorts and jeans. :D
     
  12. Youstolemyname

    Soldato

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    MrsYoustolemyname and I did this trip in 2010 but went to Vegas as well. It's such a fantastic road trip; there are so many good places on the route to spend time in. Monterey was lovely, we stayed in the Intercontinental there. It's one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed in for service and location.

    The pics brought back many happy memories, thanks for posting!
     
  13. One More Solo

    Capodecina

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    Seriously? I spent 2 months in America and saw zero guns (aside from police officers). You know people have guns in this country too?
     
  14. [TW]Fox

    Man of Honour

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    At this time of year it's not really going to be THAT warm - even in September as he says San Fran was pleasant rather than warm. Inland it gets warmer.

    Despite my many visits I have never once seen anyone with a gun who wasn't a law enforcement officer. And I can count on one hand the number of unfriendly ****'s I met. There is so much stereotype about the US and much of it simply isn't true.

    Generally it is a fantastic country full of really great people.
     
  15. doopydug

    Wise Guy

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    Incredible - thanks for sharing
     
  16. No1newts

    Capodecina

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    Andy you look scarily similar to one of my mates.

    Slightly off topic but that's all I have :p
     
  17. cm1179

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    good photos! can you put some more up?
     
  18. Andybtsn

    Don

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    newts, I know some toon fans, maybe we know each other in RL? :D

    cm, anything in particular? Got loads, I quickly just went through them to find relevant ones tbh.
     
  19. BaZ87

    Don

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    I've got a feeling he's taking the **** ;)

    You sure you're not still suffering from jet lag?
     
  20. cm1179

    Mobster

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    anything along the lines of the random strawberry shack you stopped at. bit obscure and non touristy showing the real US :)