Life in a nutshell, 'cos it's better if you're nuts!

A collection of random thoughts, adventures, happenings and general goings on in the Gardner Family.
The Final Leg

The Final Leg

And so came the day that comes at the end of all good holidays – the one where you have most of a day to kill before your flight home, and no particular enthusiasm for doing anything.

Monterrey

Monterrey

Our final full day in the USA, and we decided that it would be a good day for doing as little as possible, so we just planned to look around Monterey and do lots of eating, drinking and relaxing.

Highway 1

Highway 1

The breakfast at the Bella Maggiore was extremely good, so we left in a good mood and with full stomachs.  We hadn’t really decided where to go or what to do on this day, so the whole thing was a bit hit-and-miss.

Freeway Frenzy

Freeway Frenzy

This morning we suddenly got very conscious of the fact that we had just three nights left, and that we had to get all the way from the south-east side of Los Angeles to San Francisco.

More Joshua Trees

More Joshua Trees

A new day dawned, and another whole day in Joshua Tree was in the offing.  We began with the customary free breakfast at the Best Western.

Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree

A Rangers at the Park Headquarters told us that we should leave the park in mid afternoon and return in early evening, because the afternoon temperature would be too hot to bear.

Too Much Driving

Too Much Driving

We set ourselves the target of getting to Joshua Tree National Park from Holbrook in a day, which meant we had to cross all of Arizona and half of California.

Petrified Trees

Petrified Trees

It’s a long drive east along I-40 to Holbrook to visit the Petrified Forest National Park   There isn’t much to look at in that direction.