Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Roadtrip - LA to Vancouver

When in America you have to do BIG things, go over the top and only then you may fit in.

Adrian is a high school buddy from GVGS days now working in LA, his latest vehicle needed to fit in so he went for the biggest thing on the road...a F350 truck. This vehicle is not only the biggest thing I have driven legally on the road but no doubt also the most powerful...why not learn to drive it on the wrong side and in freeway traffic! (Thankfully Adrian loves driving and did most of it)
So we had a BIG vehicle and the road trip was a drive of 1200miles via the main freeways from Los Angeles to Vancouver we had some distance to cover in a week. We didn't stay on the freeways long...the Pacific Coastal Highway or Highway no.# 1 take a much more scenic drive right along the cliffs and beaches of the coast.

What did we see?

Landside(s) blocking the road

Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco...this is a stunning sight but the size of the Golden Gate Park was astounding - as was the look on the faces of people as Adrian shattered the silence with his 8 cylinders and turbo hissing with each red light in the city.

The Redwood Forrest's - such amazingly HUGE trees

Oregon's Coast line

Mount St. Helen's in fresh snow, what a fantastic camping spot!

Forrest of Mt Rainier NP and Seattle were great spots to see but a pity to not be able to stay longer.

The lakes, trees & moss of Mt Olympic NP

Vancouver Island will no doubt draw me back to do some more walking but we were suitably impressed by the size of the Kinsol trestle bridge

San Jaun islands between Vancouver Island and mainland Canada offered some amazing real estate the only downfall would be having the ferry service passing to and fro on your fantastic vista.

Vancouver...read more in my next post.

Food along the way has been interesting:- San Fran offered sour dough buns filled with clam chowder was the first meal in the USA without cheese!- Bagel's for breakfast...mmmm
- Out of the way "dinner's" (i.e. the name of the place you eat at) offering simple staple meals...the all day breakfast being a huge hit.
- French Dip...dunk your roast beef roll in the juices from the roast beef!
- Wondering why the metho was burning with so much smoke and soot...well done to the clowns who picked up the turpentine bottle instead of methylated spirits!

Til next time!