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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Monday, 10 April 2017

Day 10: The ghost town and arrival in LA

Today is the last day of the tour and ends with a long drive to Los Angeles.
We passed the largest thermometer in the world which wasn't that easy to read as we drove by. A large digital screen showing the temperature in Celsius as well as Fahrenheit would have sufficed

More of the desert scenery.

We stopped for lunch in an old silver mining town called Calico.

It would have been better if it hadn't been so commercialised. Not much of the original town was left but it had been recreated and did give you an idea of life back then.

I ordered a sasparilla drink with my lunch. The waitress described its flavour as a mixture of bubble gum, cough mixture and liquorice and she was bang on!

The long drive was the perfect opportunity to catch up on some sleep.

Once in Los Angeles, Stirling drove us to Hollywood Boulevard so we could have a quick look at the Hall of Fame. It was nothing like I had expected.  Surprisingly it was run down and quite grotty really.

The Chinese Theatre

We then went on to Griffiths Park where you get a good view of the Hollywood sign and great views over LA. However it was far too hazy with smog/pollution to get a really good view.

Had a look round the observatory which had many interesting exhibits and information. I could have spent longer here.

In the evening we all went out to a Thai restaurant for our final meal together. Most of us were staying in LA for a couple of days but David was flying home to Austria in the morning. E was quite tired and decided to go back to the hotel after the meal. She would be continuing her round the world trip in a couple of days and needed some admin time. Her next stop was  Hawaii. M was flying on to Guatemala and then on to Canada to work as a chef for a year. K was returning home to New Zealand after studying in Sweden this past year. Other than E the rest of us decided to have a look at the night life in LA. It was St Patrick's night so everyone was in good spirits. We visited four different bars including the Comedy Club. The last bar we went to was the best as they played good dancing music so we started off the dancing with everyone in the bar joining in. We only left because the place was closing and it was 2am!
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  1. What a wonderful adventure you are on with delightful photos to share ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a Happy Week ~ ^_^

  2. This trip sounds wonderful. I'm usually not a fan of organised tours, but this one is tempting. After 60 is looking good if I can follow your example. Elizabeth

  3. You have has some very late nights. I admire your stamina. It sounds like your small group all got along well.

  4. Thank you for sharing your travelogue. I've heard about the 'reality' of Hollywood being quite grotty..It's good we have all those shiny movies isn't!

  5. I'm impressed by how you kept up with those young travelers. Quite an adventure.

  6. A great trip with all the highlights of the west.

  7. You have much more stamina than I do. To think of staying out that late! I'm glad you are enjoying your trip so much. LA is not what it used to be. That smog isn't pretty. :-(

  8. Marie, I've enjoyed your USA tour... Hope you will come back to see Yellowstone and the Tetons sometime.


  9. We've done all the same things except never been to Griffins!

  10. That sounds like a fun way to end your tour. I hope you did try some green American beer for the holiday!

  11. Very interesting and series of varied pictures


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