Cold San Francisco and naked men.

Warning: pictures of naked people below.

We have been so cold! Why didn’t we know it was going to be so cold!

After we stayed in Yosemite we drove towards San Francisco. Stephen had found an animal rescue park on the way but it didn’t seem to exist on the map. So, we found a park called Caswell Memorial State Park, we drove there thinking we could have a little play and then keep going. But when we got there all the people getting out of their cars were wearing swimming clothes. So, I asked a family if there were anywhere you could swim around there and they said there was a little beach around the corner. As it was nearly 50 degrees we thought that would be perfect. It was a great little spot but the water was freezing! Stephen went in and Henry played in it for two hours.

This is the first stop we made, it was a view platform and they have seals down by the water ,but they weren't there that day.
This is the first stop we made, it was a view platform and they have seals down by the water ,but they weren’t there that day.
We found a huge hawlk.
We found a huge hawk.
Me and Henry posing on the bridge.
Me and Henry posing on the bridge.

 In San Francisco it was busy! We were so glad when we arrived at our hotel and could leave the car and not worry about it for a couple of days. But it was so cold! From 50 degrees, we came down to 15! We went on one of those hop on hop off buses and went around the city. The first day we went to the museum and it was fantastic. Henry kept saying “I can’t believe it, this is so good”. He was jumping on the spot the whole way around. We also hired some bikes and cycled around the park and found the American bison’s that roam around there. Stephen was on a bike that pulled a trolley so Henry could just sit back and relax, he loved it!

These two have become inseprable during this trip. It is always the boys against mummy!
These two have become inseparable during this trip. It is always the boys against mummy!
They had a rainforest in the museum with butterflies, parrots and flowers.
They had a rainforest in the museum with butterflies, parrots and flowers.
This is when we arrive into San Francisco , the first thing we see.
This is when we arrived into San Francisco , the first thing we saw.
Henry has got an app on his Kindle where he get to learn about differnt landmarks. And The golden bridge is on there. So when he saw it he shouted I know that one mummy, that is the golden bridge!
Henry has got an app on his Kindle where he learn about different landmarks. And The golden gate bridge is on there. So when he saw it he shouted I know that one mummy, that is the golden gate bridge!
When we were on our bikes we came to a pond where they were racing around with thir remotecontrolled boats. It was lovely to see the differnt boats and all the special touches.
When we were on our bikes we came to a pond where they were racing around with their remote-controlled boats. It was lovely to see the different boats and all the special touches.
One of the bison's we saw in the park.
One of the bison’s we saw in the park.
On their bikes through the park.
On their bikes through the park.
We went to the hotels restaurant the first night and had some great Paella. Henry had 3 portions of ours! But we had to call it Risotto or he wouldn't eat it.
We went to the hotels restaurant the first night and had some great Paella. Henry had 3 portions of ours! But we had to call it Risotto or he wouldn’t eat it.

We have also eaten great food, seen amazing buildings, been in vintage stores and sat on the square listening to music while drinking wine.

 Yesterday was Pride festival. We went down to watch it and wow it was special! You could see big men in dresses, golden people dancing, flags everywhere, load music, people dressed as animals, animals dressed as people and lots and lots of naked people!

I complained that it’s never the good looking, young men that are naked it is always the old saggy men. Stephen then said well you don’t see any young boobs either!

Naked cowboy celebrating the day.
Naked cowboy celebrating the day.
I love how free they are.
I love how free they are.
There were defenetly some differnt caracters out there.
There were definitely some different characters out there.

 I love San Francisco! The people are so colourful and special. It is great!

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Yosemite

We left Yosemite today without seeing a single bear! They even gave us a room which had a view of a bear trail where a black bear walks every night. But did we see it… no!  

 First day we saw Big Ed which is a huge Giant Sequoias tree. In the park, they had a Sequoia chopped down and it showed all the rings inside and they thought it was over 1000 years old. How cool.  

 The second day we got up super early to beat the traffic into the park and got halfway then about 8 cars in front of us there was a fire next to the road. So, the traffic stopped. We thought it was a tree but when we got out of the car we saw that it was a car on fire. The fire engine was there after 20 min and took it out. Then after another 10 min we could go around it. It was 4 people in their 20s driving it and it looked like they basically just stopped the car, threw the stuff out of the boot and got out of there before it took fire. Pretty scary.

It was a full-on fire with the petrol tank exploding and the trees around it caught on fire as well.

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 We got to the Yosemite park an hour later and it was pretty busy but we managed to get a spot. They have busses that go to different parts of the park all day long so we just jumped on one of those and jumped off by the waterfall. The walk from the bus stop to the waterfall would normally take about 30 min. But I have two boys and they both loves to climb, so it took us about 45 min. We jumped on stones, hid in trees and Stephen hurt his knee when he jumped off one big rock.  

 The waterfall was impressive and we got soaked! After that we had a great walk and play in the forest. We played pooh-sticks over bridges, climbing up rocks, got eaten alive by mosquitos and had races. Later, we had picnic at some benches and went home.

Here is the impressive waterfall
Here is the impressive waterfall
We are playing a game call "finding Henry"
We are playing a game called “finding Henry”
It is so beautiful there.
It is so beautiful there.
Stephen infront of the fall.
Stephen in front of the fall.
When we had our snack, this squirrel came up to us and nearly took the cracker out of our hands. We had to give him/her a few so it would go away.
When we had our snack, this squirrel came up to us and nearly took the cracker out of our hands. We had to give him/her a few so it would go away.

In the evening we went next door to our hotel where they had an old steam train. They had arranged an evening where we could pan for gold in the water, have dinner with entertainment and then a ride on the train.

It was great, we actually found gold all of us. Henry also found a frog who jumped up on his head. We then sat down and had a bbq dinner with live music. Four men and a lady that played guitar, banjo and tambourine. Really lovely. Then we all went on the train and it took us into the forest where they had a campfire and more music. We were back by 9.30 and we walked through the forest. Not even then did we see a bear.  

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We then had a campfire with songs.
We then had a campfire with songs.

Henry walked so much here in the forest and there is me saying he doesn’t like walking. We loved Yosemite and would come back later when Henry can do some more.

Fathers day walks in mammoth lakes.

Fathers day started of nice and early. Stephen got a sleep in and me and Henry watched Netflix on the sofa. We then gave daddy a lovely new mug and we started our day. So to all fathers out there , Happy fathers day.

 We started by walking up a volcano in the woods. It was a grand wood with huge trees. Henry did some climbing and all of a sudden we saw some snow! So we had a snowball fight in our shorts and T-shirts. Then we kept walking and got to the top after a few arguments. Henry hates walking. He would drag his feet until we pick him up. That isn’t such a big problem because he is so small but he is 3,5 years old and should walk more than he does. He is just lazy. (Like all men)

We got up to the crater and it was pretty impressive. There was water at the bottom that was very blue. Stephen walked a bit further but me and Henry stopped and had a rest.

 Then we got back in the car and drove to the earthquake faults. We had lunch and played hide and seek behind the trees, it was lovely. It is a bit cooler here than it has been, about 27 degrees, so it is nice and you can move around without sweating too much. We found the earthquake faults and had a good look around and walked back to the car.

 After that we went to the hot creek, which is a creek that is hot because it is above a magma fault in the volcano.  We walked down to it and the colour is amazing! It is so blue it looks like it has been painted. It was steaming and it said that 14 people has died because they had been swimming in it.  

Henry and me hiding behind a tree waiting for Stephen to find us.
Henry and me hiding behind a tree waiting for Stephen to find us.
We are looking for the biggest pinecone we can find. Just to show nanny.
We are looking for the biggest pinecone we can find. Just to show nanny.
It was about 27 degrees warm but we found snow in the forest.
It was about 27 degrees warm but we found snow in the forest.

We had to buy hair bubbles for Henrys hair because it is getting so long. Henry want to keep it long so he calls himself an Indian.
We had to buy hair bubbles for Henrys hair because it is getting so long. Henry want to keep it long so he calls himself an Indian.
The hot spring.
The hot spring.
Whatever me or Stephen does, Henry has to do.
Whatever me or Stephen does, Henry has to do.

 Yesterday we had a relax in the morning and then we drove to Pioneer. It took us four hours but we drove through some beautiful forest and had four little stops. When we arrived at the motel it was a pretty little motel with a pool so, Henry was naked before we could get our bags in from the car. He and Stephen then went swimming while I set the table outside with picnic food. It was a great evening. We even saw hummingbirds flying around.

Stephens shot of the hummingbird in the garden
Stephens shot of the hummingbird in the garden

 Pioneer was just a stop we had to do because the road we were suppose to have taken to Yosemite is closed so we are doing a detour. This has taken us double the time but then we got to see more of the pretty landscape so it doesn’t really matter.

 We still haven’t seen any bears. There are supposed to be bears in these forests but we haven’t seen any yet. So today we are on a bear hunt while driving to Yosemite.

This is Big Ed. Henry is climbing it.
This is Big Ed. Henry is climbing it.
Another pinecone, even bigger this time!
Another pinecone, even bigger this time!

Two explorers.
Two explorers.

Hot, hot, hot.

Vegas, Death Valley and Mammoth Lakes.

The last couple of days have been hot! We drove from Vegas yesterday to Death Valley and we nearly hit 50 degrees! HOT!

 Vegas was surprising. I have never been before so I didn’t know what to expect but as we drove from Beaver through the desert and Vegas suddenly appeared. It was one strip and that was all. We didn’t have an amazing time in Vegas because Henry got ill on the way there, he was sick in the car and then all day. It was just a 24-hour thing for him but when he was ok then I got it.

So, we were in Vegas 2 days and Henry was sick the first day and I was sick the second. We went out for a meal but only Stephen ate something. He also played on the roulette table and won £120! He could have won more but chickened out! We did manage to take Henry to the Avengers superhero thing. It is a training centre for kids (and adults) to become super heroes. Henry thought it was a bit scary but it was well made. Our hotel was on the strip and we had a great view. At 8pm at night the hotel next door had a volcano show,  they had fire going from one of their pools. The hotel next to that one had a fountain show going at the same time.

This is Vegas, all of it.
This is Vegas. All of it.
Vegas by day
Vegas by day
Vegas by night
Vegas by night

Paris
Paris
The Avengers
The Avengers
Venice
Venice

 We drove to Death Valley the day after.  En-route we stopped at devil’s golf course and the lowest point in America. It was too hot for me and Henry so we stayed in the car with the AC on while Stephen went out to look and take pictures. We stayed at a hotel for one night. When we got there Stephen started to feel bad and he has been sick since.

The desert
The desert
Henry and Stephen in 48 degrees heat.
Henry and Stephen in 48 degrees heat.

We were driving and driving and driving and it didn't feel like we were getting anywhere.
We were driving and driving and driving and it didn’t feel like we were getting anywhere.
Devils golf course
Devils golf course
This is the lowest point in America
This is the lowest point in America
Salt on the mountains
Salt on the mountains
The views are stunning
The views are stunning
Then we had snow....
Then we had snow….

Henry and I went to the pub last night on our own to get some food.

 Today we have driven to Mammoth Lakes, starting at -82m and 50degrees to 2402m and 28degrees.   We were supposed have 3 nights here but the road to Yosemite is still closed because of snow. It is normally open in May so now we got a few extra hours to drive and have had to sacrifice a night in Mammoth Lakes.

 It has cooled down a lot since yesterday and we can see the snow on the mountains. Henry wants to go to the snow tomorrow. We’ll see what we can find. I asked him if he likes traveling and he said “ yes, because we are not on a holiday, we are exploring”.

 

Horse riding, dinosaur spotting and hiking in Moab.

Henry and I did some horse riding in Sorrel yesterday. It was so nice. I had a private ride with one of the wranglers up in the canyon behind the ranch. It took two hours and it was so windy. The horses were well looked after and very excited to be out. Henry had a pony ride around the ranch on a pony called shorty which we all thought was funny as Henry is so short.

Here is Henry and Shorty!
Here is Henry and Shorty!
Me coming back from my tour.
Me coming back from my tour.
Just like the wild wild west.
Just like the wild wild west.
Will Smith filmed After Earth right here and stayed at the ranch.
Will Smith filmed After Earth right here and stayed at the ranch.

 On the way home, we stopped at a Dinosaur Park called Moab’s Giants. It was a wonderful place. It had all the models in actual size on a trail around the park. Henry was very excited and he was a bit hesitant to touch them until he realised they weren’t real. We also watched a film in 3D about how the dinosaurs came to be on earth. I would recommend going there even if you don’t have kids as it is pretty cool.

Stephen tried to stage some funny scene but Henry wasn't following.
Stephen tried to stage some funny scene with the dinosaurs but Henry wasn’t following.
Henry and a T rex that we found.
Henry and a T rex that we found.

 Later on, we went to Dead Horse Canyon State Park, but it was so windy so me and Henry stayed in the car whilst Stephen went to look at the view. We made a second stop at Canyonland National Park where we all had a walk. There is an arch in the rocks there which is beautiful.

 We went back to the hotel, washed the car on the way as it was so dirty that we couldn’t see out of the back window. Changed our clothes, had a wash and went out for dinner at an American diner.

 This morning Stephen and Henry left me sleeping and went hiking at Arches National Park, where they had their breakfast. They came home just as I woke up. Henry said it was so cold mummy! It was only 12 degrees when they went out, luckily it had warmed up when we all left later. We stopped at Mill Canyon Dinosaur Trail to look at real dinosaur tracks that were left millions of years before. It was impressive to see because they were so clear. Henry was impressed.

Henry and Stephen had breakfast out this morning on one of the rocks, Henry found this hilarious.
Henry and Stephen had breakfast out this morning on one of the rocks, Henry found this hilarious.
Early in the morning there were no people there.
Early in the morning there were no people there.
Henry loved going hiking with daddy.
Henry loved going hiking with daddy.
They do have some funny stone formations here.
They do have some funny stone formations here.
Real imprints made by dinosaurs.
Real imprints made by dinosaurs.
Trails from different dinosaurs.
Tracks from different dinosaurs.

 We are in the car again now all packed up and on our way to Beaver. (Stephen finds this hilarious, especially as the Shell garage sells cups with “I love Beaver” on them)

So far it is going well driving for hours every day. I was nervous Henry were going to find it hard sitting still but he is fine. He has his kindle to play games on and we make stops along the way. We go for runs and climbs whenever we stop for lunch.

The only thing I find difficult is that we can’t unpack all our things every stop because we would just pack them back up again. So, we keep wearing the same clothes over and over again. We have bought washing powder so when we stay in places with a washing machine we just do a load. The only problem with spending so long in the car is that Henry always sneak a sleep so then he doesn’t go to bed until late. So, me and Stephen have no time together just the two of us. But we spend all day as a family and it has been great.

 Edit, we stopped at Indian Rock Art on the way as well. It was a museum with lots of trails around it where the Indians use to live. There were Indian wall carvings all over the rocks there and we climbed up and down trails to see them. It was the best we have seen.

The carvings were fantastic!
The carvings were fantastic!