December 21, 2001 to January 21, 2002
This was a major trip for us, in asmuch neither of us had ever taken off such a big block of time for a vacation. We drove from Winnipeg to Hemet California, with Maxxie, where Hartley’s parents have a trailer there and spend 3-4 months each winter there.
This is how we drove 3,735.5km in three days:
Leave each day at about 5:30am and drive until it gets dark…
Winnipeg, MB – Grand Forks, ND – Sioux Falls, SD – Lincoln, NB (Day 1)
Lincoln, NB – Salinas, KS – Albuquerque, NM (Day 2)
Albuquerque, NM – Flagstaff, AZ – Phoenix, AZ – Hemet, CA (Day 3)
Arrived in Hemet, California at 5:30pm
We were tourists and shopped a lot. Of all the things and places we went to .. here they are:
Cabazol Complex, Coco’s, Hadley’s, Soboda Casino, Factory Outlet Stores in Temeculah, SouPlantation, San Diego Wild Animal Park, Mimi’s Cafe, Palm Springs’ Farmers’ Fair “Flea Market”, Marriot Hotel Palm Desert, Hemet Chinese Buffet Restaurant, Swimming at the clubhouses in the trailer park in Hemet, New Year’s Eve on $4.00 USD, Santa Monica and Farmer’s Market, Visiting HART’s cousin Ellyn in Santa Monica, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Venice Beach, Santa Monica Beach, saw movie at the Promenade, Hiking trip in a provincial Park, Pacific Palasade and ate at Mort’s Deli, Casa Del Mar Hotel and $10USD drink, (PS: Hotel rooms were $595usd a night, facing the beach), Roller Blading along Santa Monica Boulevard and Pier, Walking all day down Venice Beach, World Cafe, Getty Center Museum, Looking for a closer look and pic of the Hollywood Sign, Sand Diego and Old Town Trolley Tour, 2-hour Harbour Cruise, Fish Market, Idyllwild, Stopped in the washrooms of the San Luis Obispo’s Madonna Inn (it’s a waterfall – neat), Salina and tried saving a stray dog, San Fransisco and Pier 39, Eureka, Bandon and driving up the Pacific Coast Highway waaaaay past darkness in winding roads, Lincoln City Oregon, SNOW storm leaving Spokane Washington about 3 inches, to Sandpoint – through Canada at Kingsgate, B.C., Swift Current, Speeding ticket outside REGINA – (118km in 100km on Trans Canada Highway) – back home to WinTERpeg, Manitoba!