Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Our New Mostest Favouritest Place

is The Five Horseshoes in Maidensgrove.

After GRachel & GGordon took us there for my birthday, we decided to make a return visit on Sat evening to celebrate our 2nd wedding anniversary - yes, two whole years! The food is fab, as is the log fire in the bar. Very tasty and very toasty.

Whilst there we started properly working out our route in the US. We're spending our first 3 nights in Santa Monica (with a day trip to Universal Studios on the Friday), then over the course of the next 3 days we'll drive up the coast via Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo (have wanted to go there for ages, mostly cos it's got a fab name and is often mentioned in the Sue Grafton books I read). Then we're going to head to Cambria as a base for visiting Hearst Castle (http://www.hearstcastle.org/), and after that it's a drive along the Big Sur up to Monterey and Carmel (where, interesting fact time, Clint Eastwood is mayor). Then we're heading a little further north to Santa Cruz before cutting inland to Visalia (24 fans among you may recognise the name from Series 2; is it sad that I mentioned that?) and then down to Kernville. After that it's a quick jaunt through Death Valley before heading over to Las Vegas for 2 or 3 nights; then a trip to the Hoover Dam and the Grand Canyon before heading back west through the Joshua Tree Nationla Park and onwards to Pioneer Town (http://www.pioneertown.com/) - it's just got to be done... Then a night or 2 in Palm Springs (somewhere I've always wanted to go; need to see if it lives up to my expectations of some sort of Stepford Wives type place with beautifully manicured lawns and old ladies with very obvious face lifts carrying small dogs in bags - where do I get these ideas?). And then back to LA for a visit to either Disneyland, Knotts Berry Farm or Magic Mountain (but, please God, not all three). All of that should take about 3 weeks; and we're only going for 17 weeks, so that leaves just 14 weeks to do Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Honduras, Belize & Cuba... Hmmm.

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