Yes, we are still around! We just got back from a two week road trip out west. This is something that Matt has wanted to do for years and this year we finally did it.
We flew into Vegas and rented a car. From Vegas we visited the following places:
- Hoover Dam
- Grand Canyon
- Death Valley
- San Francisco
- Santa Cruz
- Big Sur
It was absolutely amazing and we saw so many wonderful things. It was a lot of work planning our itinerary, but I'm happy with how it turned out. Out of all the things we did, places we stayed and places we visited, I would say there are only three things I could have done without and would not do again: 1) the Vegas strip (too crowded, too expensive, too much everything and just not my cup of tea). 2). Carmel by the sea (a bit too ritzy. Not sure if we were in the wrong area, but I was expecting it to be more cute and picturesque. 3). 17-mile drive. We drove this at the recommendation of several people and to me it was just okay. Why pay $10 when you can drive just a bit further south and enjoy the beauty of Big Sur (which was much better anyway) for free? My top 3 things: 1). Yosemite (unbelievably beautiful). 2. Stargazing in Death Valley (hello milky way!) and 3. Big Sur (gorgeous!!!).
Honorable mentions: Staying in the original painted lady in San Francisco, driving over the Golden Gate Bridge, meeting friends, endless games of Wizard, playing in the waves, getting knocked down and hearing the girls' uncontrollable laughter.