God bless America!
The land of big stuff. Big mountains. Big trees. Big personalities and big choice. Yes indeed, it is epic.
After taking slow travel to the extreme by spending 10 months in Mexico, we arrived here in America with plans galore and excited faces. Two weeks of exploring in sunny California!
We are loving this country already. It’s people, it’s diverse landscape and it’s abundance of healthy food.
Yeah I said healthy food and USA in the same sentence. It’s true; if you want to eat fast food you can until your heart gives out. But this is the land of opportunity after all and the amount of organic, non GMO is astounding.
My love affair started when I landed in LA airport and found a healthy food bar, with seemingly thousands of options. I let my taste buds settle for a quinoa salad. See healthy food!
America freak out
Poor Rob had a mini freak out, all this choice was a bit much for him. Whilst I was busy munching on my salad, he was wandering confused between different food stalls. He came back empty handed, looking panicked and sweaty.
“What do I do?!” was all he said.
I reminded him that we our now in America. They speak English, “Just ask”.
A revelation! He ran off and returned a few moments later smiling, with a mountain of food. Content.
We spent a whirlwind couple of weeks exploring California. First up we did normal stuff in San Francisco.
How wonderful to do normal stuff. Are you like me, when you go on holiday? Do you miss certain, often bizarre, things? Maltesers, lemons, BBC Radio 4, the ability to drink straight from a tap.
We continued embracing the food choices, interspersing eating with shopping for new clothes. My radical Mexican salmonella diet meant I now have trousers straight from the weight watchers adverts, where they hold them out proudly to show how much weight they have lost. Time for a new wardrobe.
Then it was onwards to adventure. We picked up our beast of a campervan, from Lost Campers, and set off to Yosemite National Park.
We did what we love. Escaped from the computer and hiked our little legs off to see some staggering views. I hadn’t realised how much I’d been missing exploring the great outdoors, and also how much I needed it!
It reset the batteries.
There is in an incredible fresh clean feel here. Camping in between huge pine trees, watching the squirrels bounce amongst us whilst cooking dinner on a mini stove. It feels so refreshing to be right in the heart of nature.
Solar Living Institute
Next destination was the Solar Living Institute, to catch up with an old friend.
When on the road for 10 months as a couple, with barely any other company and conversation other than our own, it is amazing, actually no, ESSENTIAL to catch up with good friends.
Our mate Laura has been here for the 6 months, educating the masses on sustainable living, making cob straw houses, harvesting grapes, making a huge veg patch and generally living a good healthy life. Hard work indeed, but inspirational stuff.
It’s weird to feel a pang of jealousy when on your own big adventure, but we did.
Me and Rob have a dream that sometime in the future we will build our own house, live off the land and bring up a happy home of children.
It may never happen, but it’s good to have dreams.
We also got our first glimpse of the astonishing giant redwoods. They tower above you like something out of Lord of The Rings, and these wise old trees can live for over 2000 years! Living history.
Our rural adventure ended and we continued the whirlwind journey back to the city.
Our social skills continued to be tested and (hopefully) came out on top as we met up with Sam, a fellow blogger from livetoexplorelife.com
Not only did Sam provide us with accommodation, but also took time off work to show us around her adopted home town. We got the insiders knowledge!
San Francisco didn’t disappoint. It’s nice to spend time in a chilled out place, where you can sample city life, and in twenty minutes escape to be by the coast, looking at pretty things.
Sam’s idea of fun happily matched our own. We explored the Ferry Building Marketplace, where Rob bought a pie and went on record as saying it was the best pie he had ever tasted (Golden Gate Meat Company). Strong words from a Yorkshireman.
We obviously headed to the Golden Gate Bridge, worthy of the hype, after a peaceful stroll along the coast at Land’s End. A beautiful spot away from the tourist crowds, which we ‘d never have thought to explore without our local guide.
Sunset at the Cliff House bistro – a cup of tea and a sunset. Perfick!
Knackered but happy, our two week adventure came to an end. We retreated to the peace of our new Colorado House sit.
America has so much to offer we were left wondering why we hadn’t come sooner. Then we checked our bank balance and realised the expensive reason!