America 2017: Day Twelve (1 November)

Well East coast girls are hip
I really dig those styles they wear
And the Southern girls with the way they talk
They knock me out when I’m down there

The Midwest farmer’s daughters really make you feel alright
And the Northern girls with the way they kiss
They keep their boyfriends warm at night

I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California
I wish they all could be California girls

– The Beach Boys

Wednesday 1 November 2017

Bakersfield, California

We are halfway between Yosemite National Park and Las Vegas, staying in a Vagabond Inn on the edge of I-5 near Bakersfield, California.

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Having to leave Yosemite wasn’t easy. No matter how many times you’ve been there – I’ve been lucky enough to make four visits prior to this one – it’s an incredibly amazing and astounding place, and I already can’t wait to come back. Importantly, Yosemite was one of the places mum and dad were most looking forward to visiting, and I’m so glads we had such a memorable week. We saw pretty much everything the park had to offer, all under sunny skies and (mostly) mild temperatures.

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We headed south through Fresno, stopping at Wawona, a village on the edge of the national park, to see the famous covered bridge. It’s only a very small place, but there’s a beautiful hotel and a golf course, as well as many miles of hiking. All in all, a place I could quite easily spend a couple of days. Another destination to add to my always-long list of American destinations I’d like to visit.

It was a smooth and uneventful run down to Bakersfield, out of the mountains to some of the flattest land there is. We stopped for lunch at Quiznos – think Subway, only with primarily melted sandwiches – and arrived at our hotel a little after three o’clock. The ensuing few hours have given me a chance to catch up on my blogs and book a few things for our upcoming stay in Las Vegas. It’s nice to have fast, reliable WiFi again, too. Not to mention a full array of television channels.

Applebee’s for dinner tonight in Bakersfield’s outskirts and home early to watch Game 7 of the World Series. The Houston Astros won their first championship in franchise history, dating back fifty-seven long years. A good news story for the city of Houston, which has taken a beating recently, with Hurricane Harvey doing so much damage.

Onward to Nevada and Sin City tomorrow.


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