Saturday, 11 October 2014

The Great American Outdoors

I love The Parent Trap. And, a child I did believe that Lindsay Lohan was two different people. What stood out to me the most in that movie was how their camping environment was better than my camping area with Scouts ever would be. Everything was so green and lovely, quite like Ireland, but on a whole other level. Then there was the Oprah episode where herself and Gayle head off to Yosemite and enjoy Moscow Mules al fresco in the most idyllic looking campsite. Good times in fabulous weather with your best friends in the great outdoors? Yes please! Inspired by these two lovely women, I made it a must that I visited Yosemite and Lake Tahoe whilst in the US of A. Also, why not experience the insane thunderstorms and desert heat of Las Vegas at the age of 21 to end the summer of 2014 with some of the best people I've ever spent a summer with? Again, a humongous yes. please. 


We did Yosemite in a day. As in we drove from Berkeley to Yosemite National Park, saw everything and drove home again. Looking back, I don't know how we did it but we did. I think prioritizing what we wanted to see was what made it a highly successful day. We swam in the river, saw the results of forest fires and witnessed some of the most spectacular views. Glacier Point was my heaven. I've never seen anything so beautiful. 


It's safe to say Lake Tahoe was not as successful as Yosemite even though we stayed there overnight. The day we arrived there was a massive thunderstorm. At one point the power went from a massive supermarket we were in buying supplies for our camping trip. No s'mores were made. A sad, sad day. We did make up for it the next day when we decided to rent a boat and one of those inflatable things you hop on and drag off the back of the boat. That was mental altogether.


Las Vegas was insane as you expect it to be. Everything is to the extreme. It's absolutely brilliant. In summary, Vegas was a happy blur. Sin é. 

 break from the road trip at Denny's 

 the heat hitting us hard in Nevada

 desert sunset

outside Caesars Palace 

To finish; thank you Lindsay and Oprah.