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