Place 78 – Day 3: Hurricane,UT – Angels Landing & Weeping Rock Trails

Angels Landing

Today was another day of hiking in Zion National Park.

We were up early, at 06:30, to get to the park for a good time and hopefully park our car right there, rather than having to take an extra bus.

Luckily for us, we arrived around 08:10 and were able to get a space easily.

It was cold out, but we had a hike planned so got onto the bus to get us to stop #6, which was where we could hike to Angels Landing.

Angels Landing is one of the most difficult trails, mostly for its steep inclines and twists, but also due to the ending, which we will get back to shortly.

As you can see above, the sky was beautiful at the early time we got there and the sights helped us with our 2 hour upward hike.

Once we got to the top, there was the most infamous part of Angles Landing, which was the steep incline with 1000ft drops at each side with just a couple of chains to hold onto as you made your way up.

In 15 years, 7 people have died falling from this area!

This part was a full blown climb, which we started to ascend.

We quickly decided it wasn’t for us. Yhere were too many people coming down the mountain and not paying attention or moving, so as it was a dangerous area, we decided against climbing.

We sat for a little and then walked back down the mountain, which took us around an hour.

Lunch Break

We walked from stop 6 to stop 5 and sat and ate our lunch. We had bought sandwiches from Walmart, so we ate those and then Curtis got a coffee.

We saw a beautiful border collie mixed with a burmese mountain dog, too!

Riverside Walk

We took the bus all the way up to the last stop where we took the easy riverside walk. There wasn’t too much to look at, other than a naturally formed amphitheatre.

The Amphitheatre

Weeping Rock

We hopped back on the bus and went down to stop 7 where we walked up to Weeping Rock, which is a rock that spurts out water, similar to a waterfall.

We got some cool photos and slow mo videos!

Walking Back

We got the bus back to stop 3 and then walked back to stop 1 (the visitor centre) via a very hot but easy path, with some great views.

Long Day Out

We drove back to our airbnb, via the supermarket. We were going to get something to cook for dinner, but couldn’t be bothered so we bought a small suitcase, because that’s a normal thing to buy, and went back home.

We had showers and then ordered a domino’s which we went to pick up.

We ate our domino’s and spoke with our host some more and then chilled in bed watching TV as well as packing to head out tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

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Place 78 – Day 2: Hurricane,UT – Zion National Park Emerald Pool Trail

Alarm Fail

We had set an alarm, but incorrectly, so we didn’t wake up at the time we wanted.

We had breakfast and had a conversation with our host and then had showers getting ready to go out.

Finding Parking

We made our way to Zion National Park to go for a hike, but on the way the was a sign stating that the main carpark was full so we had to park in the town just before.

We were unsure where to park, so we stopped at the visitor centre and they said we can park there for $15.

We parked up and took the free shuttle to the park.

Emerald Pool Trail

We didn’t want to do a crazy hike today, and the weather wasn’t great either, so we found a short one called three Emerald Pool Trail.

We had to take the bus from the National Park entrance (where we had to pay $35 for entry in total, lasting us 7 days) up to stop 5 which was where our required trail was.

We began walking the trail and we noticed that the path wasn’t really wode enough for the amount of people, but we made it work.

We got up to the emerald pool section, which was a small waterfall and that was it. The higher section was closed, unfortunately.

We turned around and walked back to the area we got dropped off.

Horses

We saw a paddock full of horses, so we went to see them and say hello.

Walking Part Way Back

We didn’t want to take the bus back from this point as we wanted to explore more, so we asked the lodge nearby how we can walk to the next bus stop down the road and they told us.

We walked on a sand track which is used for the horse riding and this took us quite a bit of time but it was nice as there weren’t many people there, other than the horses we came across.

That being said, we did see some deer too!

We walked on and on and saw some tremendous mountains and rocks.

Arriving at the bridge we needed to cross, we has to get some photos as the were no people around.

We wanted to take the bus from this stop, but it was full on 2 attempts but on there 3rd the driver said she could fit 2 people on, so we squeezed in and rode the bus to the end of the park.

We decided against taking the bus from here to the car as it was set to be absolutely full again, so we walked for 30 minutes to get there instead.

Drive Back

We got the car and drove back home. On the way, the mountains looked crazy, with the contrast of the clouds, snow topped mountains and desert.

We got some more beautiful scenery and then arrived home.

We got home and relaxed for a while. Curtis watched hockey and Kim had a nap.

We went to the supermarket to get something for dinner and decided upon hot dogs with a side of caesar salad.

We are up early tomorrow to get parking at the park itself and to hike some more!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 77 – Day 1: Las Vegas,NV 🇺🇸 – Vegas Early Night?!

Bus To Vegas

We were up nice and early to shower and get fully packed. We didn’t have breakfast as the plan was to have it at McDonald’s by the bus station.

We got to the McDonald’s and there was a really good breakfast deal, so we got that and then got to the bus terminal and ate.

Shortly after we finished eating, it was time to board the bus.

The bus wasn’t too full and we got seats together, which was good.

All in all, it was about a 5 hour (or so) journey. It was an uneventful journey, with a brief 30 minute stop in Barstow, California.

The rest of the journey was basically just desert.

Arriving in Vegas

We got to Vegas, incredibly tired, and it took us just 10 minutes to walk to the hotel.

We checked in and got to our room and relaxed, briefly. We have a pretty good view.

Walking Around Downtown

We are staying downtown, rather than on the strip. We walked around the downtown area in the day light to see what’s what and what’s where.

We saw a couple of ladies fighting, which seems like standard Vegas!

Pool

After we walked around, we started to get a bit tired, so we walked back to the hotel where we checked out the pool and decided to sit for a couple of hours, basking in the sun.

After the sun started to go in, we went back to the hotel room and relaxed, watching a bit of TV and then we accidentally fell asleep a little!

Dinner

We woke up and then went down to a place called Flock & Fowl.

We got to the place and sat down. It was quite dark but smelled good!

We got a few small snacks, rather than mains. We got a bao each, shared smashed cucumber, sweet and sour boneless chicken wings and delicious sweetcorn.

The food was just ok, nothing was incredible.


Flock & Fowl | Las Vegas,NV

Rating:- 5/10


Early Night

We were just so tired, so we walked around briefly to see what this place is like at night and then we got a hot chocolate and headed to bed.

We watched the film a simple favor which we really enjoyed actually!


A Simple Favor

Rating:- 9/10


We have some plans to actually do things tomorrow, it was just a shame we were so sleepy today!


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 76 – Day 6: Los Angeles,CA – Griddle Cafe Lunch & Evening Drinks

Griddle Cafe Lunch

We slept in a little and then we got a message from our friend, Sep, that he was awake and ready to go! We were meeting Sep for some lunch as we havent seen him in a couple of years.

We first met Sep in Kuala Lumpur as he was staying in the same hostel as us and we spent a few days with him whilst there, so we had to catch up with him whilst we are in his hometown!

We got an Uber to the Griddle Cafe, which we have seen before and they monstrous pancakes.

We had a few conversations with Sep whilst we were there and then we got our food…which was big!

We each got pancakes, Curtis got an espresso and chocolate chip pancake and Kim got a coconut and chocolate pancake.

Curtis’ Pancake

Kim’s Pancake

We each could have done with only half the pancake as it was way too huge!


The Griddle Cafe | Los Angeles,CA

Rating:- 8/10


We sat here for a while, after being defeated by our food, and then we all headed out for a walk.

Melrose Walk

We walked to Melrose, which has nice streets and hipster stores to walk around, though very expensive!

We were here for a while and then Sep had to go home, so we also took an Uber home, which took a while due to crazy LA traffic.

Relax

We had an afternoon relax, with Curtis watching hockey, and then in the evening we went to the supermarket and got a pizza for dinner.

Drinks

We met Sep and his boyfriend for some drinks in the evening.

We went to a few bars and had some drinks. The first bar we had to enter via a refrigerator door, which was very hipster but awesome at the same time, and then we went to another part of town which was the ‘gay’ area and went to a couple of gay bars. It was pretty fun and we had some drinks but were back by midnight, which was perfect!

It was time for bed once we got home and tomorrow is our final day in LA.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 76 – Day 1: Los Angeles, CA 🇺🇸 – Hollywood Blvd, Tatsu Ramen & Lime Scooters

San Francisco > LA

We were up around 05:00 to get ready to get to the airport.

Our flight was at 09:05, so we had to be there for 07:00. Once we were ready, we left in an Uber to the airport.

We arrived at the airport at a good time to get our bag checked and head through security, which was our biggest line we’ve been through yet.

We got on the flight right at the end, with just 3 minutes left, as we didn’t hear them call our section to board!

We got onto the plane but the plane had to wait a while before it tok off, but then we were on our way.

We only got our free drinks with about 5 minutes to drink them, so Curtis only had 3 mouthfuls of insanely hot coffee before it had to be thrown away for landing.

Arriving In LA

Once landing, we had to wait for 30 minutes for a plane to move, but eventually we got off the plane.

Our bag was first off, so we grabbed that and waited for our Uber.

Our Uber ride was interesting… the driver stopped to use the toilet and then got a little lost, but we got there eventually.

We met our host, who doesn’t live at the apartment, so we have it all to ourselves. She was lovely and showed us where things are.

We headed to the supermarket to grab some things as well as get some breakfast as we hadn’t eaten all day! We grabbed a subway for breakfast as it was easier and then we came back, got a bit refreshed and then went out again.

Hollywood Blvd

We didn’t want to do anything too taxing as we were very tired, so we got an Uber down to Hollywood Blvd. Our driver was amazingly friendly and chatty and gave us some tips.

We just walked along the Hollywood hall of fame and saw all the stars. There were a lot of people, but it was a good, easy thing to do for a couple of hours and obviously it was something that has to be done in LA.

Tatsu Ramen

We walked for 30 minutes to a ramen place, which is a chain, call Tatsu Ramen.

We got a ramen each, Kim with chicken and Curtis with pork. We have heard this place is amazing, so we had to try it!

The food was pretty good, but there was a lot of it.


Tatsu Ramen | Los Angeles,CA

Rating:- 9/10


Lime Scooters

We didn’t want to Uber back, but a walk was too far, so we got a lime scooter each.

This costed us about $6 each, so was a little more than an Uber would have been, but we’d have been in traffic for a while, too.

We had amazing fun on the scooters…they go crazy fast! It took us about 30 minutes to get back.

TV

We watched the last of the Madeleine McCann documentary and some other TV and then went to bed. We have a fun plan for tomorrow, too.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 74 – Day 6: San Francisco,CA – Ocean Beach, Sutro Baths & Trail Walk

Breakfast

We woke late today, which was excellent.

We waited to have breakfast until we got outside, mostly because we had no cereal left!

We went out with a plan to go to the beach but first had to get breakfast. The first couple of places we looked at were near us, but couldn’t find anything good, so we jumped on a tram and went out to the Beanery, where we got a coffee a few days ago.

We got a coffee from there but went for breakfast at a place called the crepevine.

Kim got a crepe and Curtis got eggs and bacon.


Crepevine | San Francisco,CA

Rating:- 8.5/10


Ocean Beach

We took a tram from here down to the beach, which is where we wanted to explore.

The weather was lovely, but it was a little chilly by the water, and the water itself was freezing!

Sutro Baths

We walked up from the beach to Sutro Baths.

These baths were previously used as public seawater pools, but now they are ruins, but they look really cool!

Trail Walk

From here, we walked along a trail for a very long time, but there were excellent views, including out to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Long Walk & Bus Home, Briefly

We decided to go home from here, but we had to walk to the other side of the Golden Gate Park to catch a bus, so we made the 40 minute walk the and got to the bus stop perfectly on time.

Once we got home, we got changed into jeans from shorts and went right back out for dinner.

Dinner

We took a bus to the shopping mall where we got dinner yesterday.

We weren’t too hungry yet, so we had a walk around the shops until we got hungry.

We went up a place called Blaze Pizza for dinner as we smelled it yesterday and it smelled incredible so went to check it out.

This place was basically Subway but for pizza. We got a BBQ chicken pizza and a ceasar salad to share…it was terrific! We also got a lemonade, which we refilled twice.


Blaze Pizza | San Francisco,CA

Rating:- 9/10


Packing

We took the bus home and had to pack for tomorrow.

We got all packed and then relaxed whilst watching more of the Madeleine McCann documentary.

Tomorrow

We fly at a fairly early time tomorrow and will need to leave the house around 06:00, so an early night tonight for us, hopefully.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale

Place 74 – Day 5: San Francisco,CA – Mission Dolores Park & Ferry Building

Mission Dolores Park & Burrito

We had a suggestion from someone we met that lives in San Francisco that we should go to Mission Dolores Park & have a burrito there.

So, that’s what we did! We left the house around lunch time and got onto the bus to get us to Mission District.

This area seemed to be the Spanish area and actually felt like we were in Spain!

We went to La Corneta which was a Mexican restaurant serving Burritos.


La Corneta | San Francisco,CA

Rating:- 8/10


We each got a baby burrito (a regular one was way too big!) And sat down to eat. Along side our food, we got free chips and salsa as well as bought a Mexican bottled soda which was terrific!

We left the burrito shop and walked up to the Mission Dolores Park.

This park is on a hill and has some palm trees running through it. There is also a school that is in an awesome building!

Kim saw some dogs she wanted to say ‘hi’ to, so we went to say hi and then walked onward.

Walking To Downtown

We ended up just walking to downtown because it wasn’t too far.

We didn’t really have plans from this point, so we just walked and got near downtown before we couldn’t be bothered to walk anymore so hopped on an old school ‘streetcar’.

We decided we would go into the ferry buildings as it was nearby.

Ferry Building

We got to the ferry building and it is still a ferry building but also has a lot of unique stalls inside it with free testers!

We saw cheese, coffee, chocolate, jam, honey, tea and all sorts of things for sale and for trials.

We got to try some incredible salted caramel chocolate and we then just walked around and perused.

Heading Back Home

We had to catch a bus home, but before doing so we went to the supermarket to get a few things.

We waited for the bus which eventually arrived and then we traveled home, perfectly in time for Curtis to watch the Leafs game.

Kim watched some TV whilst Curtis watched hockey and then after we found somewhere for dinner.

Dinner

We had to travel for 1 hour to get into the city and to where we were having dinner.

This was an old pub which does a carvery, so we got that for little money and ate pretty quickly! Curtis had beef brisket with mashed potato and salad and Kim had turkey, stuffing, mashed potato and coleslaw.

We ate pretty quick and headed back home on the bus.

Whilst walking to the bus stop, we saw where the Twitter and Uber offices were!

We got back home and ate some ice cream and chilled out, before heading to bed with an early start tomorrow.


This Time Last Year!


Mr & Mrs Hale