I’m exhausted, so I’m going to keep this short and sweet. We departed Texas on June 29 and we are now in Cayucas, California.
I’ve done so much that I don’t know where to begin. I stood on the corner of Winslow Arizona. I ate fry-bread. I made it out of Texas.
We spent New Year’s day at The Grand Canyon, and we saw an old abandoned amusement park dedicated to The Flintstones. We stayed in one of THE WORST hostels I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot of hostels. It is called The Grand Canyon International Hostel. Don’t stay there. It is dirty and noisy. The bathrooms had mildew on the showers. There are kitchens upstairs and down. That sounds great until you realize that the only place people have to eat is right outside of your bedroom. Yup. They have tables and chairs in the hallway so that you have strangers talking really loud all night long. I don’t know if there is a manager there. I never saw one. It was gross and uncomfortable. Big shout out to the guys over at my old work – Azzurro Blu – who did some quick research and found a new lodging – The Grand Palace which was incredible!
The Grand Canyon was incredible and beautiful. It wasn’t crowded at all, and we had a really good time driving through the snowy forest to get there. We stopped off at The Flintstone’s Bedrock City on the way and had some nickel coffee while we walked around taking pictures and sliding down a giant dinosaur slide.
We camped just outside of Barstow, CA in a place the locals call “New Jack City” for some reason. It is located in the Lucerne Valley. People go rock climbing there. It was really pretty, and really cold. I did alright with my new sleeping bag, but I did wake up cold a few times. And the walk to the bathroom wasn’t fun. But hey, that’s camping! It was beautiful, and the stars were bright and amazing.
Tomorrow we hang out in Cambria for a bit and then go camping at Big Sur. After that it’s off to see all of my old friends in the Bay Area. I’ll try to post again soon, but I’m really, really tired. Four states in five days. Woo!
We will be at Ratna Ling starting July 13, so I’ll try to update my blog once a week there. I’ll have a 6 day work week, but I’m sure I’ll be able to squeeze in a post or two.