Las Vegas

Las Vegas, it almost defies description. It is everything I thought it was times ten! The Venetian hotel is just brilliant. Ok, the strip is noisy, rammed, cheesy and tacky but it is heck of a sight.

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Sacramento and Yosemite

Have had a great few days. We reluctantly departed San Francisco to head for the California state capital of Sacramento. There is not a great deal to do in this historic city other than visit the old town,with its very interesting railroad museum, and visit the Capitol building. We managed both these things in a day and had fantastic tour guides take us around both. I particularly enjoyed the tour of the Capitol, this is where assembly members and Senators meet to deal with the legislature of the 40 areas that make up California. The building dates back to 1860 and comes with some fascinating stories.
Next we moved in to Yosemite state park, Wow, what a place. Stunning vistas, amazing wildlife, blistering heat, appalling food and accommodation. The highlight has to be the two hour horse trek up to mirror lake. On our return to the stables we were fortunate enough to see a bear! Onwards to Las Vegas and hopefully a few days of relaxation!

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San Francisco

What a fantastic few days we have spent in this unbelievable city. We just can’t get enough of it, simply love it. We have walked miles and miles visiting a the major attractions and getting lost down many a side street. From the Piers to Nob hill, from Golden Gate Bridge to Union square we have loved it. The one exception being Fishermans Wharfe, cycled through it on way to pedalling over the Golden Gate Bridge, it was typical seaside fare. We visited Alcatraz prison today, what a spooky place. Really enjoyed the boat ride. We also visited the Americas Cup park and watched some live sailing. What a great experience. Can’t wait to come back to this city and spend more time exploring. Off to Sacremento tomorrow, hoping to get some sunshine!

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Monterey

Had a great day in Monterey, to get here yesterday we drove along the road known as Route1 a coast hugging highway with the most spectacular views. We stopped for lunch at the iconic Nepenthe restaurant. Monterey is famous for its now defunct sardine industry. Large sardine packing and processing factories still line the towns front coast road though they are now home to tat shops and seafood restaurants. It is an interesting place. The best it has to offer is its aquarium. The sea otters are just mesmerising, the girls voted them the cutest animal in the world. Moving on tomorrow, heading to San Fransisco.

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Cambria

We are now in Cambria, the contrast to Santa Barbara is undefinable. It is much cooler, with a strong northerly breeze. The views are stunning, waves crashing onto the cliffs, the sun shining off the sea, sea birds, sand hoppers, kites, seaweed, driftwood all add up to make this a beautiful place. We loved Santa Barbara and are all planning on returning. It is difficult to sum it up but it is best described as perfection. It is one of the few places I have been to that appears to have it all. Sun, sand, sailing, history, great restaurants, fantastic shops, 300 tennis courts, polo fields, a pier, great cycling, friendly people etc. the list really does go on. It certainly puts Bradford into perspective! Tomorrow we visit Hearst Castle, I can’t wait.

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