A mum’s personal account of travelling the world with boys (Part 3 of 25) Written by: Anita Sedlack
Bears, blue jays and the largest tree on earth
We are continuing our drive south through California where we have just visited Yosemite National Park. Unfortunately it was smothered in fog, rain and snow at higher altitudes, so we were not able to see the enormity of the park. The parts we saw through the breaking clouds were spectacular with stunning rock formations, waterfalls and vegetation, as well as squirrels, bears, woodpeckers and blue jays. It would be an amazing camping and hiking spot in summer.
The Sequoia National Park was next and it was simply stunning. The park had the most astonishing views and we got to visit ‘General Sherman’ (the largest tree on the planet). The boys were amazed by how old, tall and big around the base these trees are!
I must admit I have never had a great desire to visit the States. Maybe I was influenced by the media stereotype, but this country is vast and diverse just like Australia.
From fear to fairyland in LA
We drove over the seriously winding Los Padres mountain ranges in the dark, fog and rain ….. with limited fuel. I was the most scared I have ever been. Too much Criminal Minds watching. I thought we might become another international statistic!! When we eventually made it, we were presented with stunning views of the rugged east coastline. Amazing driving on Orren’s behalf.
Nearly everyone we spoke to had told us to avoid Los Angeles, but we had a fun few days there walking around. The Christmas lights are elaborate, a fairyland for children and adults even with fake snow falling from the rooftops.
We felt like true bogans walking down Rodeo Drive – what an eye opener!! Amazing designer fashion, shoes, jewellery and watches, and the boys were in heaven watching the most amazing cars ever!!
Our time in California has come to an end. We fought through the non-peak hour traffic for two hours to get out of LA, bound for the glow of Las Vegas, Nevada. We drove across the desert and arrived at night to the overpowering light spectacle. We were fortunate and managed to get tickets when we got there to see Cirque Du Soleil – Mystere. As always a simply stunning spectacular. Amazing sets, costumes and acts. Tonight an illusion show, then on to the Grand Canyon tomorrow.
About Conversations from afar
This series follows the journey of Anita, Orren and their two boys Byron and Myles, who left Australia in November 2014 to experience life in different parts of the world. They made their way to America where they discovered incredible places, met wonderful people, and put down roots for a six-month stint working in a totally different job. They ventured to Costa Rica, Egypt, England, Scotland, Italy, Germany and France and made so many memories along the way.
Each week we publish a new conversation. Follow their journey.