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  • Day45

    Day 45 - Anyone for Tennis?

    June 5, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    All the crazies were at breakfast when we went in. Lilo Lil & her boyfriend totally blanked us, luckily. They told staff they were doing exactly the same as yesterday, presumably she getting drunk & falling over, whilst boyfriend hides in his room.

    Skinny muscle man had his breakfast outside with his dog. He twitches & talks to himself, he could have Tourette’s Syndrome. I overheard him ask, actually shout, if he could keep his room for a week. I think he & his family are homeless. It is definitely time for us to move on.

    Our first visit of the day was to Indian Wells Tennis Garden. We planned to take a quick photo outside, but the gates were open so we walked straight in. Our story was that we were English tourists & keen tennis fans. We strolled past the practice courts & outside courts & circled the main stadium, Court No.1 looking for the main entrance. We were halfway round, when inevitably we were stopped by a security guard who raced up to us on a golf buggy.

    Before I could say anything, Jackie had blurted out that we lived near Wimbledon. He said “I can hear you have come along way”. I added we were keen tennis fans & just wanted to have a look because we were in the area. The security guy, was an old boy & he said you are not allowed to be here, but if anyone asks tell them you are going to the Box Office. We thanked him & continued circling Court No.1.

    We saw the Box Office & had just gone past it, when the security guy raced up behind us again & said we had to go in the Box Office because we couldn’t return to our car by continuing the way we were going. A rotund lady then exited the Box Office & asked what was going on? I said we wanted to get a program for forthcoming events & felt a bit silly when she said they only have one tournament a year & we had missed it. Their tournament is the Indian Wells Masters, also known as the BNP Paribas Open, which takes place every March.

    The lady, Beatrice, invited us into the box office & showed us the winners trophy & took photos of us with it. She then led us down a couple of corridors & out into the stands of the 16,000 seater No.1 court. Beatrice was a lovely & enthusiastic lady, who spent 30 minutes or so, telling us stories about the tennis players. She said that she went ‘gooey’ for Bjorn Borg & Stefan Edburg, but I suspect Jackie was more her type! Funnily enough, Jackie was wearing her Navratilova’s & Beatrice described her as cute. Beatrice gave us tips on where to visit & sent us on our way with a copy of the Official 2019 programme for the BNP Paribas Open.

    It was now 11.30am as we left Indian Wells Tennis Garden & I was delighted to see 2 Roadrunner birds on their lawns. It had been a good start to the day. We then drove east along Interstate 10 for about 20 miles before turning off on to the road for Joshua Tree National Park’s southern entrance. I was disappointed to see there was no entrance booths, just a sign asking people to pay at the Visitors Centre. It appeared to be an honesty thing.

    We went in, I showed my Annual Pass & got a map, Jackie bought a Joshua Tree baseball cap. We then drove into the park. It was a 28 mile road from the southern entrance to the western entrance. We stopped at all the stopping points. Jackie will tell you there wasn’t a lot to see, it depends whether you like lots of cactus’ & other Desert plants.

    We stopped at Cholla Cactus Garden, where you can walk a short loop through an abundance of Cholla Cactus’🌵. Slightly worryingly, there was a sign warning of the dangers of getting pricked by a cactus, they are barbed & don’t come out & beneath the sign was a 1st aid kit in a metal box. We did the walk, but came out feeling itchy, which I’m sure was psychological.

    Next stop was Skull Rock, which was 150 ft away. We managed to miss it & walk for about 600 metres, before realising I was stupid for missing it. It was a scorcher, around 100 degrees & we were grateful for any little cloud. We returned to Skull Rock, but it wasn’t really worth it.

    The scenery then consisted of 1000’s of Joshua Trees, which apparently all looked the same! We drove to Keys View for a view out over Sky Valley. We then called it a day in the park & drove to the western entrance of Joshua Tree NP, where I was pleased to ring an entrance booth who checked my pass. I think some people got caught out & had to pay the $30 fee.

    We then drove through the little town of Joshua Tree, then Yucca Valley & Morongo Valley, before arriving at Palm Springs. Our 1st stop was The Alexander Estate, which is known for where Elvis & Priscilla had their honeymoon in 1967, but actually they lived here in 1966 & 1967. Beatrice (from Indian Wells) told us that Palm Springs was a place where Hollywood Movie Stars hid their secret or gay lovers. Albert Einstein even had a mistress living in Palm Springs.

    We cruised the Palm Springs Main Street & noted that nearly every single bar & restaurant was pumping out dry ice. It looked too posh or more likely too expensive for our wallet, so we cruised back out again.

    We then joined Interstate 10 westbound & headed towards Los Angeles. The traffic was pretty horrendous, but we drove to Anaheim & then got caught up in the traffic going to the Anaheim Angels game this evening. We drove to Disneyland in Anaheim, which was a disaster because we drove to the car park that wanted $25 to park. We only wanted a photo outside, so we did a U turn & got out of there.

    At 7.00pm we finally arrived at our hotel, the Best Western in Surf City, near Huntington Beach. We popped out for a shared Panda Express, then retired to our room.

    Song of the Day - I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For by U2.

    Bonus Songs of the Day :-

    Tennis Court by Lorde
    Roadrunner by Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
    Surf City by Jan & Dean
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    Angela Bambridge

    So you’ll be in your usual box on Centre Court this year then?? Any hot tips on the favourite to win Wimbledon this year?!!! X

    Simon and Jackie Annals

    Of course, we’re tennis royalty now. My tip is Dominic Thiem. Keep it a secret!

  • Day18

    Newport/Laguna Beach

    July 24, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Auf unserer Reise von L.A. nach San Diego sind wir erneut über den Highway 1 gefahren und haben dabei Newport und Laguna Beach durchfahren. Dieser Footprint ist nur dazu da, dass wir uns an diese wunderschönen Orte erinnern, denn diese beiden „Nachbarn“ waren das Schönste, was wir bislang auf dem Highway 1 sehen durften. Zu gerne hätten wir uns einfach noch für eine weitere Woche dort in einem der kleinen Strandhotels eingebucht. Allerdings wartet der Flieger am Samstag nicht und vermutlich würde uns Normalos das nötige Kleingeld/ „Großgeld“ für diese Orte fehlen 😀

    Rechts der Pazifik und links Hügel mit unfassbar schönen Häusern bzw. Villen. Vorbei an traumhaften Häfen und wunderschönen Promenaden. Es sah auch überhaupt nicht „bonzig“ bzw. „künstlich“ aus, wie man sich solche luxuriöseren Orte vorstellen würde. Alles grün und sehr natürlich. Und die Palmen, überall Palmen 🌴😍 Zum Teil waren die Einfahrten zu den Orten am Hügel durch Stahltore gesperrt. Daran erkennt man schon, wie exklusiv die Gegend ist. In den zwei Orten wurde unter anderem die Serie „O. C. California“ gedreht. Leider konnten wir nirgends anhalten und etwas genießen, da Parkplätze in Richtung Strand Mangelware waren. ☹️
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  • Day18

    Pacific Coast No-Way

    July 16, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    After over 10 hours driving, we arrived at our new Air BnB in Newport Beach. Needless to say I'm a little tired. However, the pad was well worth the drive. It's like a luxury hotel room with its own separate entrance, private bathroom and spitting distance from the beach! Well at least we think it is due to the sheer volume of the ocean. I'll confirm tomorrow.

    Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself. Unfortunately a large stretch of the PCH is closed due to landslides earlier this year (see pic downloaded from google) and there is no detour. Sadly none of our research told us the 'no detour bit' so we travelled about 90 minutes south to Big Sur only to have to come all way the back up again and join the interstate. Oops. That being said, it was worth it as the section we did is easily one of the most famous and spectacular. It did however mean a lot more driving and interstate which I'm not particularly fond of! Kate was very good at supplying me with regular doses of haribo and oreos as well as doing an excellent job of navigating. She can be my wingman anytime.

    We stopped briefly at Pismo Beach but sadly due to time we didn't really stop anywhere else other than Big Sur but the main thing is we are here and have a full day of 'nothing' planned for tomorrow which I cannot wait for.
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    Jackie Beard

    Enjoy your day of nothing just chill 😎xx

  • Day118

    Donuts by the Beach

    November 28, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We pedalled through nearly empty streets as we left LA, then rode along the Los Angeles River Trail for close to 30 kms to Long Beach. There wasn't much of a river flowing through the concrete conveyance channel, but the smooth ride away from traffic was amazing. We continued along the beach trails to Huntington Beach where we were lucky to have coordinated a meet-up with Branden and Aquila who were down in Orange County from Bellingham for Thanksgiving. These guys were our first hosts in the US and so it was neat to see them so close to the end of the US leg of our journey. They brought us the tastiest donuts - including a Holly hit of a creme brulee dulce de leche filled donut, yum! We yaked away about the 3 months that had passed, then got excellent ice cream suggestions from Branden for the road ahead. As we were leaving Huntington Beach we started chatting with a local, Tom, who asked us about our trip and reminisced about a cycling trip he had done along the coast when he was a teenager. The exchange was very touching and he even gave us $20 to buy us dinner - what a kind gesture!Read more

  • Day118

    Balboa Island

    November 28, 2015 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We took the ferry to Balboa Island in Newport Beach and stumbled on as good a reason as any for a quick stop - frozen bananas dipped in chocolate with tasty toppings, yum! Thanks to Branden for suggesting that we take the Balboa Ferry to the island as a scenic route through the area :)Read more

  • Day25

    29.8. Ab zu den Engeln

    August 29, 2017 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 24 °C

    Jetzt neigt sich die Reise bedenklich weit dem Ende zu. Morgen schon müssen wir uns von unserem treuen Heim verabschieden und übermorgen sitzen wir bereits im Flieger.
    Das ging so schnell!
    Allerdings freue ich mich auch wirklich auf rohes, knackiges Gemüse und festes Brot. Und auf ein geräumiges Haus mit einem eigenen Zimmer und viel Platz. Und auf eine richtige, unchlorige Dusche. Und natürlich auf alle Nachbarn und Freunde und Verwandte, die unser Haus gehütet haben.

    Aber jetzt hab ich genug vom Abschied geredet. Wir sind am Pazifik, beziehungsweise an einer pazifischen Bucht, ganz in der Nähe von Los Angeles.
    Deshalb der Titel, wer das nicht verstanden hat. Los Angeles ist Spanisch und heißt „die Engel“.
    Leider werden wir von der Stadt nicht so viel sehen, da wir dann kein Fahrzeug und wenig Zeit haben. Aber ein bisschen was wird schon gehen.
    Heute sind wir von San Diego hierher gekurvt. Auf dem Weg haben wir an einem Aussichtspunkt gehalten und den Nebel über dem Pazifik betrachtet. Naja, egal. Dann haben wir noch den Strand von San Clemente besucht und Mama hat einen Vollwaschgang in einer Welle gekriegt. Die Wellen waren für meinen Geschmack schon echt hoch, ein paar Surfer hatten ihren Spaß. Schwimmen war da schwierig und so haben wir uns hauptsächlich auf „durchs Wasser waten“ beschränkt, wobei man aber auch bis zur Hüfte nass wurde, wenn eine große Welle brach. Die Erwachsenen haben sich teilweise am Schwimmen versucht, aber irgendwann aufgegeben. Tim und ich wurden von einer echt starken Welle umgeschmissen und so waren wir am Ende alle ziemlich sandig und nass.
    Hier auf dem Campground haben wir es an der Bucht dann nochmal probiert, Tim und Mama sind auch eine Runde geschwommen, haben dann aber erfahren, dass es dort einige Stachelrochen gibt, die im Sommer sehr nah am Ufer unterwegs sind und dann beschlossen, dass der große Pool die bessere Alternative wäre. Dann gab es ein gemütliches Abendessen und jetzt sind wir schon am Packen.
    Ich freue mich auf das berühmte L.A. , mal sehen was da so los ist.
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  • Day20

    Huntington Beach - unsere letzte Station

    October 14, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Es ging morgens direkt zu unserer letzten Station - nach Huntington Beach. Dort erwartete uns ein Campingplatz (oder eher Parkplatz) direkt am Strand.
    Wir gingen die Promenade entlang und den Pier hoch und beobachteten die zahlreichen Surfer.
    Dann ging es ab an den Strand.
    Der Sonnenuntergang wurde bei einem Trommelkonzert angeschaut.
    Zum Abend wurde an der Strandbar gegessen, danach wurde ein Drink im Irish Pub genommen. Dann ging es für das vorletzte Mal in den Alkove zum Schlafen.
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  • Day19

    Life's a Beach

    July 17, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    After the long day yesterday we enjoyed a lazy start and ventured out in search of supplies for our upcoming trek. After a fruitful raid on Target we went looking for the The Cheesecake Factory made famous by 'The Big Bang Theory'. Boy were we not disappointed. My only shame was having to take a doggy bag for my main and the cheesecake to go as I was so full. After an oreo cookie shake (never line your stomach with one of these - your Mum is right - it will ruin your dinner!) I had something called Chicken Parmesan (Pizza Style). Essentially this was a breaded chicken in the shape of a pizza base coated in marinara sauce, cheese and angels hair spaghetti. Needless to say I slipped into a bit of a food coma this afternoon. Let's say it was yesterday's drive but we all know The Cheesecake Factory holds most of the blame.

    We took advantage of the beach chairs and towels provided with our Air BnB and camped out on the beach opposite the house for the afternoon. After having a brief snooze to the crashing of the waves and listening to Zero 7, I retreated to the room for a proper nap.

    I ended up having a thoroughly productive evening booking all my Canadian travel which is a big weight off my mind. Just a couple of nights accomodation left. With that, I must bid you all a good Tuesday and see you on the flipside.
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  • Day21

    Letzter Tag: Huntington Beach

    October 15, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Und schon war unser letzter Urlaubstag da.
    Es sollte sich nur noch am Strand entspannt werden. Da hat uns der Wind jedoch ein Strich durch die Rechnung gemacht. Es war so windig, dass man nicht am Strand liegen konnte. Also wurde sich eine Wiese an der Promenade gesucht.
    Durch das kleine Örtchen wurde gebummelt. Nach dem Sonnenuntergang saßen wir wieder in der Strandbar. Danach ging es in einen Pub mit Live Musik.
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  • Day2

    an der Küste entlang nach San Diego

    May 18, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Eigentlich haben wir heute den lieben Herrn Jetlag erwartet. Ich war kurz mal gegen 4 Uhr wach und dachte, dass ich nicht mehr weiterschlafen kann, aber es ging dann doch bis ca. 7 Uhr.
    Stine hätte hingegen noch ein paar Stunden weiterschlafen können. 😅
    Um 8:30 Uhr waren beim Frühstück, was im Best Western eigentlich immer ganz gut ist.
    Und dann hieß es Abfahrt und immer schön auf dem Pacific Coast Highway. In Huntington Beach hielten wir das ersten Mal. Huntington beschreibt sich selbst als das Surfmekka der USA.
    Wir mussten feststellen, dass wir noch nie so viele Amis gesehen haben, die so aktiv sind. Ob auf dem Fahrrad, beim Joggen, auf dem Beachfeld oder beim Surfen, sehe viele waren sportlich unterwegs. (1. Foto)
    Nach einer guten Stunde spazieren, fuhren wir dann weiter nach Corona del Mar. Einem Ort mit vielen Villen und Luxushäusern. Wir besuchten nur den "Hidden Beach" und fuhren weiter zum Pirate Tower in Laguna Beach (2. Foto). Hier hat jemand mitten am Meer an der Steilküste einen Turm hingebaut. Leider konnte man nicht hoch.
    Daraufhin ging es nach Oceanside zu Walmart, um uns eine Kühltruhe und die erste Grundversorgung zu kaufen. Wie der Zufall so will war ganz in der Nähe auch ein Outlet, da mussten wir hin, kauften aber ganz untypisch für uns nicht. 🤣
    Danach stoppten wir noch kurz am Del mar de North Beach, wo meine Sehnsucht nach Beachvolleyball mal wieder angefeuert wurde. Stine freute sich über die vielen Hunde an dem Strand (3. Foto).
    Wir mussten aber weiter, da wir auch noch nach La Jolla zum Cove wollten und es schon 17 Uhr war. Hier lagen ganz faul viele Robben und Seelöwen, die sich von den vielen Menschen einfach nicht stören ließen. (4. Foto)
    Nach einem weiteren Spaziergang waren wir langsam kaputt und fuhren die letzten paar Meilen nach San Diego in unsere Unterkunft für die nächsten 3 Tage.
    Nach einem kleinen Abendbrot mit deutschem Brot liegen wir nun völlig kaputt im Bett.
    Drückt uns die Daumen, dass der Herr Jetlag uns auch diese Nacht in Ruhe lässt.
    Bis Morgen.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Costa Mesa, كوستا ميسا, Коста Меса, کوستا مسا، کالیفرنیا, コスタメサ, कोस्टा मेसा, کوسٹا میسا, Коста-Меса, 科斯塔梅薩