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All good things come to an end, at a some point.

Below we have some packaged toys, walking playing wooden toys, walking gingerbread men and Father Christmas. All part of a Christmas parade, through the street of Disneyland.

Fact of the day: Walt Disney died the day he was meant to open Disneyland. Crazy!

At the entrance to Disneyland is a plaque, which states; “here you leave today and enter the world of Yesterday, Tomorrow and Fantasy” which could not be any more correct.
The time spent at Disneyland, is a fantasy, the effort and pleasure that the people involved put in, make it worth every cent!

Nobody ever heard me saying I didn’t want to go to Disneyland.

Ride such as California Soar, Haunted Mansion, Toon Town, Space Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure, California Scream, ‘it’s a bug land’, Twilight Tower of Terror and Mickey’s Fun Wheel are all compulsory rides. Not just because I say so, but the detail in which each ride is developed, just blows your mind.
The ride at Indiana Jones is on a car, with dinkum wheels and movements exactly to that of a going on safari. No imagination needed. The ride goes through a series of sights and animated scenes, playing more and more on your imagination.
Not everyday do you get to see Indiana Jones and a Father Christmas on the same day.

The evening was spent eating turkey off the bone, in front of a stage for the world of Colour show. World of Colour is 30 minutes of mind blowing water effects, synchronized with music to over stimulate any human being. Children were gripped by the screens of water that played snippets of favorite movies, while adults and elderly were mind boggled with the shapes and colors involved in the water display. Lasers, flames, lights, strobes and music…magical!

It’s been a great trip. The country I miss assumed to be arrogant and plastic, proved me very wrong. Humbling people, gladly providing assistance with great places and sights to see. Coming away from the giant of a country, I have hoped to form a vision of my future.

‘just do it’

In Turkey, waiting for my next flight. I wish you well. There will be more of me.
Do pop past the site when you have a moment.

Chris

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Some while ago last year, Becky was in South Africa visiting and exploring our land. She’s gladly offered to take me around a little bit of LA. Not quite her home land, but close enough to it.
We arranged to stay on the Original Queen Mary ship in Long Beach, which is some 75 years old, and de-commissioned in the water.

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This being our view of Long Beach Harbour from our room.
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Some pretty Sky Line Cranes before the sunset.
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The real deal! The hull 534.
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After our night on the RMS Queen Mary, we made our way to the Getty Centre. Just to have our expectations blown out of the water. I mean, that’s what we expect right…
The size and capacity of this masterpiece, no only the architecture, but the beauty and design of the landscaping. Just a Marvell!
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Try find this row of trees, in the first picture of the Getty Centre. Somewhere, mid right.
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We made it… 1320 miles or 2100 kilometers later and numerous gas/petrol refills.

During dinner last night with Janet and Mike, we were talking about the trip and I was asked the three major hits, or moments that I have taken me aback.

1. Signage, road and advertising signage is a major shock. To have street signs replaced within a week, is something never heard of. The intensity of the amount of signage is also a shock.
This is billboard country! Compared to South Africa, we have skyline posters.

2. The Size of the Grand Canyon, and the thought that just over there, 18km’s away, is the same type of land. And just as Sam said, the view is not positive, it’s a negative in the land scape. Mind boggling. From Google Earth, it looks like a positive structure.

3. The use of the Credit Card is universal. I’ve handled 4 or 5 $20 bills. And about 10 $1’s. I held a $100 once. And since then, everything has been in my Credit Card. Being free to swipe also changes the perspective. Oh bring on the day we get free banking transactions.

Although it’s the end of the trip for Sam. It’s not the end for me.
Becky is able to take me to LA for the last week of the trip. We’ve got a Ducks – Sharks Ice-Hockey game planned. A night on the Queen Mary Ship. A visit to Disneyland, Spruce Goose, Malibu and Getty House.

For now, I’m at Polo practice, watching some 18 girls swim 30, 100m lengths on a 1 minute 20 seconds.

Below I’ve got some photos of the drive into Bakersfield with the pollution hovering the city.

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Till LA…Cheers!

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We’re approaching the end of our trip, today’s trip up to the grand canyon was spectacular. With views out of this world! The mind cannot grasp the length and depth of the canyon!
Today’s trip was onto the South Rim, yesterday’s West Rim was mind blowing and it’s only a small strip. The south rim is the biggest part, with the most depth! Incredible views and mind blowing space.

The thought that there is no positive structure to the flat land, and that it’s only a negative is mind blowing on it’s own.

Tomorrow we trek 8 hours through the desert to Bakersfield, to meet up with Sam’s friends and team mates.
I braved 2 hours in the cold, to create a time lapse shot. I’ll put together the 25 second video when I’m back. Holding thumbs for good stuff!

Chio!
Chris

We were swallowed! We even went back to throw stones…

After being over stimulated and tired of fighting crowds on the street and busses, we called Vegas. The deal was done, the gambling lost and death was us. We headed out of Vegas, this morning, the 29th, destined for Hoover dam, with apparently great views.

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After these quick snaps we shot (45minutes) back to Vegas, I’d left my camera charger plugged into the wall. And someone needed to wee.

Deal done, we were now headed for Grand Canyon, more specifically the SkyWalk. This for those who don’t know is a walk over the edge of the canyon looking down through a glass floor. Spectacular!
Only arriving at 14:30, we were informed that tickets took an hour and a half to buy and it takes and hour and a half to get onto the deck. Conveniently closing at 5pm. Who would have thought the traffic would be this insane!
Not only is the wait ridiculous but also the price. An entrance fee of $30 with ‘red indian tours’ was not optional, as the skywalk was also $30. This info would have been nice to know before we drove 4hours to get there.

This has lead me to an idea. Travel Buddy is my next app, and possibly company, which works in association with booking.com. Travel Buddy would have made this information available to us, soo to you.

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Above are the photos from some insane things we did while being swolled down in Vegas.

Here is a summery of the rides…

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Big shot is a ride where you are shot up 25m, 350m above the city. At a rate of 120km/h. While on the ride, your visual area doesn’t include the structure supporting the ride, freaking any passenger out! Specially at the speed and height.

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This is insanity, a ride of pure torture. Once again you aren’t able to see the supporting structure as you are spun over the city 320m off the ground. This being off the edge of the building, posts all sorts of strength and stability questions in your head.

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This right here is the stupidest ride ever. Also at 320 meters off the city. Locked and loaded into a chair positioned nicely off the edge of the building. The ride begins we a sheer propulsion off the edge, stopping briefly before dropping what felt like three, is only a meter. This sequence is shuffled in a set of three more torturous minutes.

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After being highly disappointed with the skywalk we made our way to Flagstaff. Tomorrow we explore the canyon. Don’t know why they call it Grand, it’s massive!

Cheers,
Chris