Follow the life of a recently retired teacher. The bucket lists have been written. How much can be achieved in the next 10 years - from the mundane (baking an edible cake) to the ridiculous (kayaking through the rain forest).
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! Sharing with Our World Tuesday