Trip report - September/October 2013
Day one: We were up at the crack of dawn to catch our first flight from Melbourne to Sydney, then we had a 3 hour wait at Sydney airport before boarding our 14 hour flight to LAX. I managed to get about 4 hours of sleep on this flight, but poor old James didn't get a wink! The flight was mainly smooth, and they actually had vegetarian meals for me this time.
Anyway,when our plane was landing I could see the Hollywood sign in the distance -argh so exciting!!!!!!!!!!!!! Then we had a 2 hour stopover in LAX before boarding our last flight to SFO... airports were wearing pretty thin by about now.... The flight wasn't too bad though, as we flew over Californian mountains and farm land - it looked very pretty from the sky! The apartment we are staying at in SF (foudn on Airbnb) is a Victorian style, two level town-house, there are rows and rows of them here, and they are simply gorgeous - just picture perfect! Ours is a pretty light blue colour and is very stylish, and we imagine, very expensive!!! The neighbourhood is called North Beach. Tonight we went out for an early dinner to Little Italy, we stumbled across a tiny pizza restaurant and got a table straight away. By the time we had finished our pizza there was a line outside all the way down the street - we didn't know that we had gotten into one of the most popular pizza places in all of SF! It was pretty yummy :) Early night as we were exhausted from all of the travelling.
Day Two: Our second day in San Francisco, we started out with breakfast at an amazing bakery in Fisherman's Wharf called Boudin - most famous for their sour dough bread, but everything in there looked amazing. I opted for the waffle with fresh berries and James had a full traditional breakfast....let me tell you that waffle was the best god damn waffle I have ever had!!!! They had the most amazing looking muffins, croissants etc too, but the waffle was so big there was no way I could fit anything else in. After breakie we headed down to Pier 33 to take the ferry to Alcatraz. I would probably say that the best thing about Alcatraz was the ferry ride - stunning views of the city and bridge, and also the America's Cup race - millions of people around the world watch this race, and the NZ boat, which was winning at the time, flew straight past us (and by flew, I literally mean flew, look this thing up its amazing!!) Alcatraz itself was a little disappointing, I think this is only because we both love the Port Arthur (Tasmania) ruins, and on reflection we definitely both rate that experience higher than Alcatraz, although it is a different history, the grounds etc are fairly similar. The tour to Alcatraz was still worth doing because, well, its Alcatraz - and we got to stand in the cell that Al Capone aka Scarface was kept in! Following Alcatraz, we went to Pier 39 for lunch. This place is very touristy, but still cool! It is essentially a pier full of restaurants, bars, candy stores, ice-cream parlours, tourist shops etc. Visiting the candy stores is an experience in itself, they literally have anything you can think of, I saw bacon flavoured chewing gum and something called spaz juice, which I think is an energy drink.... I found a box of nerds which would probably be the size of two big boxes of cornflakes.... Portion sizes over here are crazy, it is literally crazy how much they put on your plate, and when you order a glass of coke or lemonade etc at a cafe/restaurant, the glass is about 800ml - 1 litre, and once you buy one you get free refills. I haven't needed a refill yet haha... but James was really thirsty and had about a glass and a half at lunch, which would have been about 1 and a half litres of coke... That night we went to AT&T park to watch the baseball, the San Francisco Giants vs the Colorado Rockies. The game was very close and actually came down right to the last ball, although it was a huge anti-climax as the Giants ended up losing! The game went to about 11:30pm, which is rather late as they usually finish up at around 10pm apparently. We weren't complaining as we were having so much fun - we didn't get spotted on the 'kiss cam' though haha. The games here have soo much entertainment and extra stuff going on. There is music pretty much the entire time, a commentator to get the crowd all fired up, there were dancers and singers before the game, different races and games during the changeovers, lots of competitions etc.. nothing at all like a game of footy, where it is literally just a game of footy! We got talking to the family sitting in front of us, who were helping us to understand the game, they were so lovely, they wrote down a big list of restaurants, things to do etc for us, not only in San Francisco but in LA and Vegas too.
Day Three: Today we went on a full day tour (Dylan's Tours), on a mini bus with 10 other people. We got to see SO much of San Francisco with this tour, and our guide was amazing, with all of his facts and history of the city. Did you know that all of the wires on the Golden Gate Bridge could be wrapped around the earth 3 times?! We drove over the bridge which was a highlight. We visited Muir Woods which is a national park, and contains some of the oldest and largest trees on the planet - Californian Redwoods. We walked around the park for about an hour and it was really beautiful. We also now know where Mark Zuckerberg lives, and we also saw the house, or should I say mansion, of the man who designed the iPhone and iPad, it was on 'Billionaires Row' and this was the most beautiful street and stretch of houses I have ever seen... I would like to live there some day.... Dinner tonight we went back to Little Italy for some more pizza!
Day Four: We went to downtown San Francisco for the first time and saw the CBD, it was busier than the areas we had been in previously and was great for people watching. I was soooo excited to go to some of the stores I have been dying to go to... Macys, Nordstrom, Victoria's Secret, American Eagle, Forever 21 and Pacsun to name a few. We pretty much spent all day shopping and just had lunch in one of the food courts. That evening we headed on the tram for dinner in Haight Ashbury. There are so many cool and crazy shops, bars and restaurants in this area. We saw the houses that rock legends Jimi Hendrix and Jerry Garcia lived in back in the day when the hippie movement started in the Haight. For those of you that know I love Parenthood (that is probably everyone haha) Haight Ashbury is where the brothers recording studio is, I didn't see the studio but I saw other spots that are on the show. After Haight Ashbury we caught the tram back to the city, and to my great surprise it was late night shopping!!!! We went to the Disney store which was HUGE and I may have bought a t-shirt to wear to Disneyland............:) We saw a raccoon on our way home, this probably doesn't sound that fun, but we were pretty excited haha.
Day Five: Today got off to a bit of a bad start, when we arrived to pick up our hire car from Hertz we were advised that the entire city was short on cars (because of the America's Cup and a couple of other things) and that they had no car to give us and we would have to wait until one was returned, there were about 6 people already waiting before us..... this was quite frustrating, but we tried to stay positive, which ended up working out for us because we were given a car ahead of a few people, even still it ended up being a two hour wait :( Eventually we left San Francisco and drove through San Jose and arrived in Monterey at about 2:30pm. This afternoon we went to the Monterey aquarium - this is a world-class aquarium so we had quite high expectations, and we weren't disappointed. It was amazing and we had a lot of fun. Our favourite exhibits were the jellyfish and the sea otters. Monterey is a small affluent town situated on the coast. It is a very scenic and peaceful place with extremely nice homes, it would be a wonderful place to retire. The Monterey bay is famous for whale watching, and is also home to dolphins, seals and sea otters. We were lucky enough to see some sea otters swimming in the ocean. These animals are extremely adorable!!! Before dinner we drove out to the local Costco for a look.... you can literally buy anything you can think of.. from tv's to furniture, from fresh food to fast food, from $15,000 engagement rings to clothes... Tonight we stayed at Lone Oak Lodge in Monterey, it was clean and convenient.
Day Six: Today we continued our drive down Highway 1, our first stop was at Carmel-by-the-sea. Carmel is a small boutique town full of very affluent people. We stopped to have breakfast at a little cafe and had a wander around the shops, unfortunately mostly out of our price range as it was all high-end brand names like Coach, Tiffany & Co etc..but it was all gorgeous to look at. We went and drove around the residential area to have a look at the houses and they were amazing - not like super modern mansions, more charming and homely looking.... After Carmel we hit the road again and drove down to the coastline, the drive was STUNNING, with ocean and cliff views on one side, and mountain and forest views on the other. We made continuous stops along the way to take photos at different view points, and we saw sea otters and elephant seals!!!! We stayed the night in Cambria (Cambria Palms Motel) - a small town which literally consisted of only a couple of streets, but a lot of charm! We had our nicest meal of the trip so far at a fine dining restaurant - Sow's Ear Cafe Restaurant. Prices so cheap compared to at home.
Day Seven: This morning we rose early to drive to San Simeon to go on a tour of Hearst Castle. We picked up some breakfast from the bakery on the way. Mr Hearst was a newspaper mogul, and he built a huge mansion up in the hills and filled it with his eccentric art and furniture. Guests at the castle included the likes of Winston Churchill and Charlie Chaplin. The castle and its grounds were stunning - highly recommend a visit. We were told during our tour that when Mr Hearst donated his animals (he had his own private zoo) to the San Diego Zoo, a couple of zebras escaped and made a home for themselves in the hills (with the cows and horses) and still live there today.. it sounded like such a urban myth and we thought what are the chances of spotting them... sure enough about 2km down the road we saw the herd of zebras!! Was pretty funny to see wild zebras living in California. Following Hearst Castle we drove up in to the mountains to a Danish village called Solvang, it was an extremely touristy village, but originated when a group of Danish people started their own community there. The town was full of Danish architecture, food and people - it was kind of like a pop-up storybook town! Felt very touristy, but was a nice change to the affluent coastal communities we had been stopping at. We then made our way to Santa Barbara, checked in to the motel (Day's Inn - convenient, clean and comfortable) and went walking along the beach, pier and main street. It started to feel like we were really in California, with palm tree lined streets and beautiful blue skies. We walked around until everything was shutting up and then went back to our motel! We were buggered as had been going non stop from about 7:30am - 10:00pm so it was straight to sleep for us!
Day Eight: This morning we woke up to more sunny skies and hot weather, we went and got a quick bite to eat from a cafe on the waterfront before departing Santa Barbara for our drive to LA. Before we left the area I made James drive me up to the mansions in Montecito, so I could have a sticky beak at all of the houses.... We drove down Oprah's street, but wasn't sure which one was hers... On our way to LA we stopped at Malibu for lunch and a wander. We went to the Malibu County Mart which is an outdoor mall of restaurants and shops, again mainly high-end. This is a popular celebrity haunt as many of them reside in Malibu and this is their local shopping area.... I scoured the perimeters with not much luck.. We went for a walk along Malibu Beach, which was very pretty and had great views out to LA. It only took about 20 minutes to get from Malibu to Santa Monica, we got the luckiest park ever and stopped right next to the famous Santa Monica pier. There wasn't much to do on the pier as we had just ate and neither of us go much on rides so we decided to walk to Venice beach. Venice beach was as pretty as the rest, and the surrounding parks were full of people. The actual boardwalk section was incredibly tacky, as it was full of dodgy street stalls and vendors, more like a Thailand market than what you would expect in America... After this we went to 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica, which is the main shopping/restaurant area and had a yummy and healthy Asian dinner. We arrived at our apartment on Hollywood Boulevard (booked through Airbnb), yes ON Hollywood Boulevard at about 9pm. James did a fantastic job navigating the traffic from one side of LA to the other. Even though it was night time there was still a heap of traffic!! Our apartment is great, it is huge and modern.... we assumed the owner must have a bit of cash, and when we arrived we noticed some pictures on the wall of him and Taylor Swift and Rihanna, turns out he is some sort of record producer.. of course..... so we are staying in a record producers apartment on Hollywood Boulevard, pretty funny actually! The apartment is so centrally located that we walk out of the building and step straight on to one of the stars in the walk of fame... The Patrick Swayze star is only a couple stars down and there is still a memorial on it.
Day Nine: The next morning we walked all around Hollywood and saw all of the usual tourist stuff. We then caught a bus to Rodeo Drive, which was very cool, we also drove through Beverly Hills and saw some picture perfect streets and houses. We then went on the bus to the Venice Beach canals, I have seen them in so many movies (e.g Valentine's Day with Ashton Kutcher) and really wanted to see them in real life. We left Venice at 3pm to go back to Hollywood, it is about 20 miles away, at about 6pm we eventually got off the bus............... it took 3 hours!!!!!!!! The traffic here is CRAZY! Can't believe it until you see it for yourself. Unfortunately I had a terrible headache all day, so as soon as we had had dinner at Hard Rock Cafe I crashed!
Day 10: Unfortunately today I woke up with the same headache, so we didn't do much this morning, we hung around Hollywood and did a bit of souvenir shopping. In the afternoon we drove to Griffith Park which is a large recreation area in the Hollywood Hills. We went to the Griffith Observatory which is just as famous for being a great lookout point as it is for being an observatory. We weren’t able to see the full view of LA because there was a fair bit of smog about, but we could still see downtown LA and got a great view of the Hollywood sign. LA is HUGE, we could only see about half of the actual county and it was overwhelming how far the suburbs sprawl out. Unfortunately because of the smog the photos didn’t turn out too well. We then drove to Warner Bros where we did a tour of the studios. The highlight was definitely the 'Friends' TV show set, we got to sit on the couch and take photos. We also saw the sets of 'Two and a Half Men' which was pretty cool, we weren’t allowed to take photos here because it is still a working set. We also saw another set for a show called Suburgatory but we have never seen the show, so it wasn’t as interesting. Unfortunately the set I had most wanted to see (the Gilmore Girls set) was being used for a Hart of Dixie scene which was filming whilst we were there, so we couldn’t see it :( Hart of Dixie stars one of my favourite actresses, Rachel Bilson so for the rest of the tour I was on edge looking around every corner trying to spot her… unfortunately this didn’t happen either, SOOO clooossseeee, yet so far……. We also got to see the costume museum, which featured a whole floor dedicated to Harry Potter costumes and props! My favourite thing in the museum was the Luke’s Diner menu which was used in Gilmore Girls. After Warner Bros we went for dinner at Hard Rock Café and then went straight back to the apartment as my head was still giving me some trouble unfortunately.
Day 11: This morning we checked out of our awesome Hollywood apartment and drove to Orange County! We arrived safely at our Hyatt Regency resort, it is very nice and has lots of pools/gardens etc. We went straight to Fashion Island, an outdoor shopping mall. That evening we went to Newport Pier and had dinner at the Crab Cooker – very nice! After dinner we just walked around the pier/beach area before heading back to the hotel for an early night before our big day at Disneyland tomorrow!
Day 12: Today was probably my favourite day in all of my existence….. we went to DISNEYLAND!!!! I don't even know where to start… we spent about 12 hours there, it was a very long day and by the end of it we were sooo tired, but it was worth it. We had a park hopper ticket which meant we could go between Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure park during the day. We arrived at about 11am and decided we should first look in Disneyland, glad we made this decision, the park is so big we didn’t get to the other one until about 8pm that night… and we aren’t even big ride goers, so if you wanted to go on all of the rides it would be impossible to do both parks in one day. Just inside Disneyland there is Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Adventureland, Frontierland, Critterland, New Orleans Square, Main Street and Mickey’s Toontown. Each ride was designed for a certain movie or character, they were so well done it was incredible, all of the rides pretty much told the story of the movie. My favourite ride was the Peter Pan ride, James’ favourite was the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. We headed over to Disney’s California Adventure Park at about 8pm and had a quick look around before watching the World of Colour show, this was a show made out of lights, music and water fountains – it was AMAZING!! I was completely overwhelmed by the whole thing and ended up in tears watching this Disney spectacular. Once this was over we had to run back to Disneyland to watch the famous fireworks over Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Once again I was completely overwhelmed and ended up in tears. I have been wanting to see these fireworks since I was a little girl.. Tinkerbell flying around the castle pretty much made all of my childhood dreams come true. After the fireworks we went on a couple more rides, we thought things would start to wind down as it was about 10:30pm by this point, but there were still so many people around!! We eventually left the park at around midnight, and got back to our hotel close to 1:00am... fair to say we crashed pretty hard and went straight to bed to catch some zzzz's.
Day Thirteen: This morning we checked out of the Hyatt and drove to Newport Beach for breakfast. We went to a place called Ruby's Diner, it was so delicious and cheap. We walked around the pier and the beach and saw some amazing houses around the marina areas! I have never seen so many gated communities in all of my life, as we were driving out of Orange County it was just one after the other... amazing! We then started our journey to Vegas, we encountered some traffic as we were going through LA county, but once we were on Interstate 15 (the highway to Vegas) we didn't have any problems. James and I enjoyed the drive, to be honest it was nice to just sit down and relax for a bit. We have been doing so much walking! The drive was about 6 hours in total, but that included a few stops on the way. One cool thing on the drive was a sandstorm we encountered - it looked kind of like a twister in the distance, obviously it wasn't a big one but we definitely knew we were in the desert! By the time we started driving in to Vegas it had just gotten dark so we got to drive in and see all of the big lights, this was pretty cool!! Once we arrived at our casino, Paris, we checked in and had a look around the gambling areas, restaurants and shops...there is so much to see in Paris and it's just one of the many top of the line casinos in Vegas! We had a late dinner at a very nice and intimate Thai restaurant (in Bally's Casino) where I had the best massaman curry i have ever had, James enjoyed his red curry too and we had some fish cakes which were amazing too. After wandering around the casino we hit the hay at about midnight!
Day Fourteen: This morning we woke up and wandered around the surrounding casinos. We hit up Caesar's Palace, Bellagio, Planet Hollywood and Bally's. We had lunch at the Bellagio buffet - this is voted one of the best buffets in Vegas, there were over 200 different food choices... We ended up eating healthily and gorged up on all of the different salads and veggies, even still we felt like rolling out once we had finished!! There is so much to take in in Vegas, we ended up just strolling around all day and seeing things like the famous Bellagio fountain show and the man made rainstorm inside Planet Hollywood. We went to the gym in the afternoon as we were still so full from lunch and we wanted to make room for dinner haha! In the evening we got dressed up and went for a nice dinner at an Italian place inside the New York casino. We looked around the Luxor (Egyptian theme), Excalibur (medieval theme), New York casino and the MGM. Our fave casinos so far are Caesars, Paris and Bellagio, all of the others seem a bit run down and are extremely tacky - although this is half the fun! One thing you definitely do notice is the cheaper the casino the more smokey it is - I don't know why but it was just an observation. For instance inside Paris & Bellagio you can smell the smoke in the casino area but its not too bad, where as in the Excalibur I could hardly breathe!!!
Day Fifteen: Today we had a bit of a lazy day and slept in, went and laid by the pool and then went looking at some of the casinos down the northern end of the strip. We explored Treasure Island, Harrah's, The Mirage and The Venetian. In the afternoon we went to the Fashion Show Mall - which is a humongous shopping centre and nice and air conditioned. Today was the hottest day by far!!! We had dinner at a nice restaurant inside the Venetian which is a Venice themed casino that even offers gondola rides around the man made 'Venice canals'. After dinner we went to see the original and longest running Cirque du Soliel show - Mystere. Perhaps the most ridiculous event of the trip happened at the circus, as the clown picked James out of the whole crowd to come up on stage for a gag. It was hilarious! The gag eventuated to James being locked into a little box on stage and the clown sitting next to me with his arm around me and taking his place, then he replaced James completely with another guy in the crowd and sat us down with glasses of wine, a candle etc - HOW EMBARRASSING! We both had spotlights on us for what felt like at least 5 minutes... James ended up being wheeled off stage in the little box and I wondered if I would ever see him again...... haha! The best part about it was he got to go back stage afterwards and meet some of the acrobats and the ring leader. A once in a lifetime moment! The show went to about 11:30pm and following this we went and played a little blackjack... nice way to end the evening.
Day Sixteen: This morning we slept in again (nice to be catching up on some sleep) then went and checked out of the hotel, had some breakfast, i got a crepe from the creperie at Paris, wondered around for a bit and before we knew it we had to catch a cab to the airport! Our first flight was to Denver, Colorado. Flying over the desert was quite spectacular, and then we flew over the Rocky mountains which were almost all snow-capped, it was very beautiful from the sky. We had a quick airport dinner before catching our second and final flight to Cody, Wyoming! The plane was TINY - all of the people on the plane had different accents to what we were used to hearing and they all seemed to know each other. We arrived at the airport and picked up our hire car from Hertz. We stay at a cute little B&B tonight, and are looking forward to awaking to our cooked breakfast tomorrow!
Day Seventeen: This morning we got up early and had a delicious breakfast served at our B&B - Salsbury Inn. The hosts were both lovely, and talked to us a lot about Cody and Yellowstone. They told us about the bear sightings in the town, apparently the bears seem to think the roads are their footpaths and use them often. Many bears end up in backyards and wandering through the town! After hearing this we both couldn’t wait to get to Yellowstone!! The drive to Yellowstone was about 45 minutes. We passed some houses along the way that were completely isolated and standing in random spots in the middle of the bush, they were all made of wood and didn’t look out of place which was nice. We arrived at the entrance to Yellowstone and were told by a ranger that there would be snow ahead! After about 15 minutes of driving through the park we encountered some snow, it was sooo beautiful! All of the trees here look like Christmas trees and when you add snow to that it is really like a winter wonderland. About 5 minutes after that WE SAW A BEAR! He was a little black bear and he was foraging on the side of the road for roots and plants. There were a couple of cars stopped already but not many people got to see this bear soooo close, it was amazing and complete luck!!! We watched him from our car and by the end of it he was walking a bit too close so we had to leave. After all the excitement of the bear we drove about another 30 minutes to our lodge to check-in (Lake Lodge Cabins) and have some lunch. We shared a salmon soup for lunch, one of the food highlights of our trip so far, it was scrumptious! Following this we drove up to the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, the scenery here is unbelievable. We stood in awe of this mighty canyon for about 5 minutes when all of a sudden it started snowing heavily, it was the first time either of us have been caught in snow. It was actually so much fun and it makes everything even more beautiful. We then drove through some of the geysers and hot springs – Yellowstone is actually one big volcano and there are 200 earthquake tremors a day – not that you can feel hardly any of them. We saw the famous geyser ‘Old Faithful’, the name is because it erupts like clockwork every time. It erupted while we were there and was cool to watch, the boiling water shoots up so high in the air. On our way back to the lodge we saw a herd of bison (buffalo) very close (we had seen many herds during the day but they were usually too far away to see properly) some of the bison decided it was a good idea to cross the road in front of some cars so we were stuck for a minute but got to see them very close!
Day Eighteen: Today we headed up to Lamar Valley which is a very popular animal watching area. We started out by seeing loads of bison herds and taking in all of the beautiful scenery. We got to Mammoth Springs and to our surprise there was a bull elk standing in the middle of the road in front of us! A park ranger came over to direct us around him – apparently he had been charging at cars!! Once we parked safely and got out to have a look one of the rangers told us that this particular bull elk (they call him Touchdown) is very aggressive and will charge at anything. They know him well because he lives in this particular area year round and has a harem of cows to defend. It is rutting season at the moment which is why he was particularly annoyed at everyone… There were also baby deer - soo cute!! We kept driving and James saw a herd of bison stampeding down the hill, they ended up stampeding down the road right in front of us!!!!!!!!! I am glad they were going in the same direction otherwise we would have been in trouble! They eventually ran off the side of the road into another field, it was incredible to see and I felt like I was in The Lion King haha. We kept on driving through to Tower Falls where we saw a black bear up in the forest. Right down the street we saw ANOTHER BEAR, this one was a black bear too, but was brown in colour. We kept driving for about 15 minutes and came across a lot of cars parked on the side of the road and hoped this time it would be a grizzly – it was! However, the grizzly had eaten too much for lunch and was passed out like a log!!!!! He was huge, about twice the size of the black bears we had seen, so I am kind of glad he was sleeping. He was asleep on his belly facing us, so we could see his cute face. We kept driving and came across a small herd of pronghorn antelope - they are white and brown with small horns. On the long drive home we saw some more pronghorn antelope, elk, bison and one more black bear, this one was walking through some grass next to a small lake. Again the bison thought it was a good idea to cross the road – or just stand in the middle of it – so we were stuck again for a while – it was awesome to see them so close again, however a bit scary considering we had saw how fast and powerful a stampede looks like. As we were driving home it started to snow for the first time today, we are currently sitting in our cabin, it has just gotten dark and it is still snowing outside – bliss! These have been our favourite two days (besides Disneyland for me) by a mile – we saw 5 bears, beautiful scenery, were stuck in snow, watched a stampede of buffalo and saw a load of animals!
Day Nineteen: Last night it snowed pretty much all night, so our car was COVERED in snow this morning. Luckily our cabin had a great heater so we weren't cold at all, until we had to start shovelling the snow off the car!! This morning we were leaving Yellowstone, to get out of the park from where we were staying was about a 1 1/2 hour drive and from the entrance of the park to Cody is about another hour drive. On the way out we were lucky enough to see another grizzly bear (that is 2 grizzly's and 6 bears in total!!) When we arrived in Cody, the main road was closed due to the traditional 'homecoming' parade at the high school - this was pretty cool and very American! Following the parade the school hosts a football game (sport is so big here that this regional high-school football match was broadcasted on TV - we watched the end of the game at our hotel on one of the national sports channels!!) For the rest of the afternoon we just looked around the town, which consisted of only a couple of streets. People watching here is an activity by itself - this is a true cowboy town and watching people occupied us for hours! We had lunch at the Irma Hotel, which is the original saloon in town, built by (Buffalo) Bill Cody himself. We were the only people in there who were not wearing cowboy hats! I was fairly grossed out by all of the mounted animal heads, but I had to get used to it as they were in every building in town, including the shops!! Whilst driving through town we nearly ran over 2 deer, they were just casually crossing the road haha... they can not be hunted in the town so they must know it's a safe place to hang out haha! It is so weird seeing such large creatures with big antlers just grazing in the towns parks etc. We were really happy we stopped in Cody and saw a completely different side to America and the witnessed some serious cowboy culture - it was really fun!
Day Twenty: Today was pretty much all spent in transit. We caught this tiny rickety plane from Cody regional airport to Denver, it was soo windy leaving Cody, I was petrified! We got a connecting flight from Denver to Washington DC where we will spend the next 3 days.