Well, after getting a random bill through our door including an item from the minibar which, unless we were skilled locksmiths or thieves, we definitely did not have anything from it.We zoomed down to reception to solve our quandary before breakfast. We managed to avoid the queues, as the hotel does have around two thousand rooms, and rather smugly secured a table. If yesterday’s pot-luck styled breakfast sounded a little bit odd I think I beat that today! There was even a boiled egg and some jam thrown in. Then with a few craftily ‘spare’ pots of peanut butter and a banana in tow we sat in the ginormous, chandelier clad lobby and waited for all the ‘aircrusers’ to regroup.
It was then au revoir to the lively streets of the city by the bay. I think I can follow in Tony Bennett‘s footsteps and say I have left a fragment of my heart there as I really did enjoy the city and its incredible atmosphere. We were then a little delayed at the airport before being allowed to board. The problem turned out to be baggage related so a few people, myself ashamedly included, had to collect a piece of hand luggage that would not fit in the belly of the plane. I had to endure the walk of shame down the aisle whist the same chirpy air hostess we had before reminded us it was meant to be a one bag per on trip. Oops.
However, my attention was quickly diverted to a rustling creaking sound coming from the panel next to luke’s head because it made me envision all sorts of scenarios involving a Gaping hole in the plane. Yet we arrived, with the plane hole free, in Fresno. Fresno is the third from bottom of a list of The cleverest places in all of America. Looks like it is the place for me then!
We got dropped off at the supermarket and everyone was given fifteen minutes to conduct a supermarket sweep, or in Luke’s case a swoop, in order to get some food to eat on the bus as we continued our journey onwards to see the Grisly Giant. I had a made-to-order flatbread, which appeared to leave my sever flummoxed. I could just tell she was thinking about how she should roll it so it resembled something presentable. I then got eight dollars worth of grapes and I munched my way through them with sense of quiet contentment on the bus. The journey took a while but it was worth it as we snaked our way through Yosemite Park. The view out of the bus window was just so beautiful. Then we stopped. We had a brief trek through enormous trees
Then we set off on another long drive, whilst still in the park, to see some more stunning sights, including El Captain,Dome mountain, one enormous tunnel through a mountain and the waterfall.
We got a few minutes to explore and Luke began to scramble over the rocks so I left him to it. Well I tried to follow and then retreated, my dress wasn’t the best apparel to be clambering over rocks, no matter how fun it was. Luke momentarily disappeared and I was slightly worried but then his head popped up over a huge rock and then i think he must have had a moment of delusion because he tried to walk over the side Luckily he saw the seven-foot drop first and decided against it. We then strolled back to the bus and were given bottles of water by our friendly bus driver. Unfortunately, we then had to wait for ages for a couple who think they are Steven Spielberg and David Bailey and are consistently late, so we couldn’t stop at our final destination.
We then enjoyed the drive back through the park and played a bit of swapping chairs so people could take the perfect picture, which is always hard to do in a moving vehicle that is constantly going around corners. After passing an innumerable amount of trees and stunning views we finally made it to a ranch for dinner just as it was getting darker.
As it turns out he was indeed an Elvis impersonator.
- Off to Yosemite – Yosemite National Park, CA (travelpod.com)
- Golden Gates And Red Red Wine (lhgardener1988.wordpress.com)
- Yo mite se the North Face – Yosemite National Park, CA (travelpod.com)
- Vernal Falls – the hard and harder way – Yosemite West California, CA (travelpod.com)