17th July: Behind the Scenes of the Big Bang Theory

17th July: Behind the Scenes of the Big Bang Theory

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Thursday 17/07/2014
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Having formulated a schedule about our movements to the day the evening before, we both ignored the alarm that went off at 9am and slept for another hour! Well we hadn’t exactly gone to bed early after booking 10 more AirBnBs the previous night…!

Andie realised that he’d also arranged to speak to his Mum, Marion, at 9:30am so signed into Skype as soon as he was…

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16th July: Scenic drive and shopping in Santa Monica

16th July: Scenic drive and shopping in Santa Monica

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Wednesday 16/07/2014
Em writing

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Today, we equalled one of our earliest set off times by leaving at 10:30am! We felt very proud of ourselves! This was because our next AirBnB host was going to work at 3pm so we’d arranged to be in Santa Monica around lunchtime. She had also warned us that it would take longer than anticipated to drive there from Santa Barbara.

As I mention in my next post,…

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15th July: Strolling around the Santa Barbara Shops

15th July: Strolling around the Santa Barbara Shops

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Tuesday 15/07/2014
Em writing

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We made an extra effort to get up earlier today as the irregular meal times hadn’t really been helping my diabetes. I was once told that being on an insulin pump instead of injections means you can pretty much eat whenever you want. Whilst this may be true, I find that my body expects food around typical meal times and that I can get into ‘food moods’ when this…

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14th July: By the Beach in Santa Barbara

14th July: By the Beach in Santa Barbara

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Monday 14/07/2014
Em writing

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We started off our morning as usual with a yummy brunch of fruit and yoghurt. I think we’re appreciating healthy breakfasts even more now that we’re in the US. It seems to be harder to get enough fruit and veg.

After our showers, we decided to walk down to check out Santa Barbara beach. On the way, we walked past Trader Joe’s supermarket again and bought some drinks…

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13th July: Deutsch, Danes and Dutchmen

13th July: Deutsch, Danes and Dutchmen

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Sunday 13th July
Andie writing

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This was the morning of the World Cup final, so after a fairly late start we asked the Google Girl (Sat Nav in Google Maps App) to take us to the nearest sports bar in Arroyo Grande. It found us one that was showing the match, though it didn’t look particularly inviting on first glance. Once inside, although the bar looked a bit dingy, the dining area was bright…

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12th July: Wildlife and wonderful views on a wild coastline

12th July: Wildlife and wonderful views on a wild coastline

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Saturday 12/07/2014
Andie writing

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Today was the day that we would be driving the ‘Big Sur’ – Highway 1 between Carmel and Morro Bay. I was particularly looking forward to it as I had fond memories of the beautiful scenery from when I’d done it in 2007.

We packed up in the morning and loaded the car. We had a nice chat with our AirBnb hosts before we left. They recommended that we check out Point…

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11th July: Miles around Monterey

11th July: Miles around Monterey

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Friday 11/07/2014
Em writing

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As part of our AirBnB stay, our hosts had kindly given us their free pass to use at the Monterey Bay Aquarium. We really appreciated this as it saved us $80!

It took us about an hour to drive into Monterey and then find some free parking on a residential street. Being Yorkshire folk, we always try to find cheaper options! By this time it was lunchtime so we had lunch…

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10th July: Driving Through the Trees

10th July: Driving Through the Trees

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Thursday 10/07/2014
Em writing

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I’d really enjoyed our time in Yosemite and could have stayed even longer. However, it was time to move on as we had quite a long drive to Salinas to do. We bought some more ice to keep my insulin and our food cool on the journey. Then we packed up and checked out of our tent accommodation.

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Our last stop in the park was at Bridal Veil Falls. It took us a while to…

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9th July: Hot Hetch Hetchy

9th July: Hot Hetch Hetchy

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Wednesday 09/07/2014
Andie writing

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When I’d been to Yosemite before in 2007, I hadn’t been to see the Hetch Hetchyvalley. It is said to have been even more scenic than Yosemite valley itself, but it was dammed and flooded in the 1930s to create a reservoir for San Francisco’s drinking water. With a lake and the promise of more scenic views, I wanted to see it. I also hoped that it would be a bit…

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8th July: Mirror Lakes and Scenic Views

8th July: Mirror Lakes and Scenic Views

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Tuesday 08/07/2014
Em writing

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The day began a little grey but cleared by the time we were setting off. We hopped on a free shuttle bus to the Yosemite tourist information centre and gathered some maps for our hikes.

Then we popped into the Ansel Adams Gallery as Andie wanted to check out his photographs. Adams was a talented photographer and retoucher in the 1920-40s. Back then of course, he…

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7th July: A town lacking people, a lake lacking water and a mountain lacking half its dome

7th July: A town lacking people, a lake lacking water and a mountain lacking half its dome

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Monday 07/07/2014
Andie writing

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We’d both had a lovely sleep in one of the comfiest beds we’d slept in this whole Big Trip. Although we’d planned to try and set off by 8am as we had a lot of driving and sightseeing to do, we couldn’t get ourselves out of bed very easily as it was so nice to be in! We only managed to equal our earliest set-off time of 10:30 – oops!

We began the long drive…

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6th July: Lots of Lakes

6th July: Lots of Lakes

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Sunday 06/07/2014
Em writing

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We got up extra early today so we could watch the last 2 sets of the Wimbledon final. I hadn’t been able to catch any of the other matches so was relieved that we could watch this one. It was a very close match!

Then we packed up and were off via the supermarket to stock up on food and petrol. For lunch, we parked at the library then wandered over to a picnic bench…

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5th July: Emerald and Sapphire Cascades

5th July: Emerald and Sapphire Cascades

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Saturday 05/07/2014
Andie writing

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After the late night of the fireworks we had a bit of a lie in. I then enjoyed watching the France vs. Germany World Cup game on my laptop. I’ve got a server in the UK (just a Raspberry Pi with a big external disk, actually) which I can SSH tunnel through to and watch BBC iPlayer on. The server’s primary purpose is for backing up my photos to an offsite location…

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4th July: Fine views and fireworks

4th July: Fine views and fireworks

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Friday 04/07/2014
Em writing

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As we had stayed up late the night before chatting to Reuben and then using their wifi, we weren’t up early!

We drove to Safeway, a supermarket, to buy food for the next few days. Compared to Walmart, their fresh fruit and veg section was enormous!

Michon, Reuben’s wife, had given us a free pass to take the cable car up over Lake Tahoe so this is where we headed…

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3rd July: From the sea to the Sierra Nevada

3rd July: From the sea to the Sierra Nevada

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Thursday 03/07/2014
Em writing

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We started the morning with our yummy pain au chocolats we’d bought the evening before from the airport.

Then Andie rang for a taxi to collect us from our AirBnB and take us to our car hire location. We’d investigated public transport but using that it was going to take 1hr 45 minutes as opposed to 15 mins!

As we drove to the car hire location, we saw sweet, old…

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