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  1. #111
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dread Pirate Roberts View Post
    I've gone back over the last couple days and added photos to those old posts now that the net is working from this hotel and the jeff has restored functionality after the server migration.

    Here's a teaser from San Fran. I couldn't believe how cheap grog is in the states even though K1W1 had said I'd be pleasantly surprised. Ssil2000 from this forum unfortunately gave me a taste for good bourbon when I did him a favour and he gave me a bottle of this stuff in Aus. I saw it way up on the top shelf in a San Fran liquor store and bought it for the benign price of $40 + tax (about 1/2 the aussie price). It was funny watching the store owner make a big deal of getting a ladder to get it down. Now this heathen is sculling it in quantity mixed with coke - but at least I have a big smile on my dial
    So excited to see that pic. That's my favorite bourbon. I live pretty close to the distillery, and it's even cheaper and more readily available around here, usually between $25-$30 USD
    Please...no mixing it with anything but ice!! You might get shot for mixing it with coke around here lol
    So glad you & your family are enjoying your trip. Stay safe out there!

  2. #112
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    No, you get evil stares for mixing it with Coca-Cola (hey in Atlanta there is no other choice), but you will certainly get shot for mixing it with Pepsi:-D

  3. #113
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    We had a nice time in Sequoia and have moved onto the not so prestigious Bakersfield on the way to Vegas. The hotel clerk said "whatever you do don't go any further in that direction". Novel and makes me think I shouldn't pick hotel rooms on price in future.

    Highlight of today was the General Sherman tree by a long shot. A very nice walk in a good sequoia grove and it's not every day you see the biggest tree in the world (by volume). Don't know if it's true but I'd like to think so and the park claims it. I found the Grant and Sherman tree walks in Kings Canyon and Sequoia Nat Park to be heaps better than the Yosemite grove.

    The kids got a bit fed up with the curvy road in the park so I called the day's travels early. That made up my mind to avoid Death Valley and stick to the freeways to Vegas. Compromises.

    I'll post photos in a couple hours when the kids go to bed.

    Edit posting today's shots now. The shots start with a picnic breakfast beside the road and finish with a couple snapshot views of the Sherman.
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  4. #114
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    Death Valley is more of a long stay (3-4 days) shoot. I used to go there on my Triumph for off-road rides, not a kids place, but then neither is Sin City. Boulder/Hoover Dam is interesting, so take the... Dam Tour, and of course take all the Dam Pictures you want.

    The time zone changes at near the dam center. So if you want to loose an hour (AZ) and gain it back (CA) in a single step...
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  5. #115
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    Thanks for the tip, I'll allow for a shorter day crossing the "dateline".

    I just added photos to yesterdays post too.

    Just now I tried to book the next hotel and had my credit card declined. Time for a worried call to my bank in the morning methinks. F.F.F...
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  6. #116
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    Hopefully you are not living in the Jeep, and have made it to Vegas.

    Didn't see a post last night, so hope all is ok.

  7. #117
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    If you have been using your cards a lot in strange places its not unusual in the USA to end up having to get phone authorization for purchases.

  8. #118
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    Yesterdays post that wasn't
    My Aussie bank decided to stop all my accounts despite the fact I'd advised them in advance of my travels. The buggers absolutely spoilt my day.

    We stayed in a dive in Vegas till my credit card got sorted as I was trying to conserve the limited cash I was traveling with. Anyway another holiday experience for the kids to learn from and something to remember. It was much funnier when it happened to Chevy Chase in National Lampoons Vacation than when it happened to me.

    We walked to the strip and saw some sights around town last night. I t was pretty kid friendly, or put differently having my kids with me kept me out of trouble (unfortunately).

    Photo's my cheap lunch venue (99c shop for bread rolls), Vegas walk, freeway through the Mohave Desert (though I timed the shot badly as I was in more traffic than shown)
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  9. #119
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    Today's post

    We drove the strip in daylight to show the kids the iconic frontages since we didn't or couldn't take them into the casinos themselves.

    I gave the kids a large unscheduled shopping trip at KMart, the local prices and range were stunning compared to what us poor saps in Aus have to pay.

    We then moved onto the Valley of Fire which was spectacular but difficult to photograph with time pressure in the middle of the day so please excuse my snapshots. The desert took all day and was fatiguing in the heat even though it was only 90F.

    My highlight was "finding" a petroglyph on a cliff face adjacent one of the vantage points. I'm sure there must be many more throughout the park that I and many of the visitors missed. I would have liked to have invested more ime in walking the desert to find other petroglyphs and better photographic opportunities but it is such a rushed trip. The petroglyph is a fish on the flat rock wall just right of my son.

    My sons highlight was the volcanic landscape in the Lake Mead State Park just south of the Valley of Fire Park. I'm going to have to look up the geology of the vulcanism to understand it.

    I suspect my daughters highlight was tonight's dinner at a steakhouse in Boulder where I more than made up for yesterdays frugality buying them drinks, mains and deserts. How she ate a 12oz steak on her own and followed it up with New York Cheesecake I have no idea.

    We'll catch up on our ambitious trip schedule by squeezing in the Hoover Dam tomorrow as we were too tired to fit it in today.

    Edit photos added 20/5/2013.
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  10. #120
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    Glad to see that Ellen, Rusty, and Audrey, made it through the Vegas portion of the trip. Have fun on the Dam tour.

    Looking forward to the next adventure.

    P.S. Don't forget to bring some chewing gum (to patch the leaks in the dam).

    P.S. 2 Darn! Forgot to tell you to try Battista's Hole-In-The-Wall restaurant just behind the Flamingo Hotel. Great little Italian place. Very Mafia. Excellent food. The accordian player (Gordo) is a pip. Been there many times when on vacation and when attending CES.
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