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Three days in Los Angeles was more than enough

Three days in Los Angeles was more than enough

It’s fair to say that like many before us we were dazzled by the bright lights of LA, but not in the Hollywood flashbulbs sense – in the seven lanes of car brake lights everywhere we looked sense. On every road, on every journey, wherever we went, those red twinkles haunted and stalled us. The traffic, the huge massive weight of it and the tediously slow progress it meant for every trip, at all times of day, will always be…

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Las Vegas proved a worthy destination for a family on a budget

Las Vegas proved a worthy destination for a family on a budget

It’s difficult to think of two more different places than Yosemite National Park and Las Vegas. The first being all about conservation and protection of natural wonder and the latter devoted to hedonistic, man-made indulgence. Yet for many, as for us, they become obvious partners as part of a well-worn road trip route. We leapt from sleeping in a tent at Crane Flat campground in Yosemite, with nothing by way of facilities except for some dodgy toilets and a standpipe…

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The Grand Canyon gave us goosebumps in more than one way!

The Grand Canyon gave us goosebumps in more than one way!

One thing I didn’t really believe I would get from the Grand Canyon was goosebumps – well not due to the temperature anyway. We visited in September after researching the best time to go and, with what I would assume were relatively few other visitors and daytime temperatures in the mid 20s, we were pleased with our choice. It did mean early mornings and overnights were anything but what you might immediately think of as desert like. We experienced an…

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Thank you, Yosemite National Park – a vast thing of beauty at every turn

Thank you, Yosemite National Park – a vast thing of beauty at every turn

“Warning: Mountain Lion area,” read the black and white poster in the dingy, smelly toilets that were the only nod to civilisation at our campground in Yosemite National Park. Already, on entering Crane Flat, we’d been warned by a ranger that bears had been spotted within the campsite that day and extreme vigilence was necessary to prevent attracting one to our tent. All food and fragranced items had to be stored in the bear locker provided. The metal trunk was…

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