Going to America, I thought I was pretty safe in assuming that the weather would be warm/hot for the whole trip. WRONG. Yellowstone was so cold! I took some jeans which were only really meant for the English part but when we got to Cody on day 11 I was SO HAPPY that I had brought some kind of warm clothing! It was actually snowing as we drove up the mountainside; 10oc felt like it was freezing when you had just been in 40oc heat. It makes me laugh when I think about if it was 10oc in England right now we would consider it kind of warm! But anyway, Yellowstone. Gorgeous, magnificent Yellowstone. I loved all of the National Parks that we visited on our holiday, they all felt so special and valued. Not that it’s something you can control but it would have been such a better experience if it was a nice sunny day. With the weather being so dull it made all the hot springs and geysers look just as lifeless which was a shame as I know that Yellowstone is such a beautiful natural park.
I have to say that, by far the best moment of Yellowstone was when we were driving away from the park and stopped off to see these AMAZING views. Imagine if you could build a house here and wake up to this view everyday?!!
The next day was spent travelling towards Bryce Canyon which is like a mini (in no way is is actually mini) version of the Grand Canyon. We all hiked along a pathway that ran around part of the canyon and I couldn’t quite believe my eyes when I saw that there were no barriers on the sides of the pathways! One slip on the edge and you were gone! Safe to say I was verrrry careful with my footing….
After the mini version came the actual version of the Grand Canyon. Like I said earlier, it’s all just too much to take in in one trip really. To be fair I couldn’t fully concentrate on the scenery as I was a little scared about what we had planned later that day – an actual freaking helicopter ride. Little old average me was going on a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon! Possibly the coolest moment of my life! I would 100% recommend doing this if you ever go there as what better place in the world is there to fly over? It also meant we got to see one of the man made forest fires which I found really interesting to learn about (however also very scary flying through the smoke and not knowing if you’re going to crash…).
Carrying on with our roadtrip the next day we travelled along the famous Route 66 and stopped off for a few pictures. I found it so odd having a little town in the middle of a desert, there were about 20 little shops and houses and then just vast emptiness around them, not a single bit of green in sight (which makes a nice change having lived in the countryside my whole life!).
That same day we arrived in Las Vegas and nothing in the world could quite prepare me for the heat I was about to experience. I stepped off the coach only to feel like the breath had been ripped out of my lungs. It was 43oc which, for someone who lives in England, is damn hot! Even Lauren, who sleeps with an extra blanket on in 30oc heat, thought it was too hot so it wasn’t just me! The heat made just walking a short distance very difficult and we constantly had to find a shop or hotel to pop into to make use of the air-con! Luckily you can walk through most of the hotels and so it was just a case of working out which ones we should walk through to get to our destination.
Our hotel (the Luxor Las Vegas) was so cool, it was a freaking pyramid for Gods sake. Where else can you stay in a glass pyramid overnight?! Surprisingly the rooms weren’t actually that great for how amazing the hotel looked but we didn’t spend much time there so it didn’t really matter.
We had a lot to cram into one night! It started with having a spin on a few slot machines – an absolute must in Las Vegas. Then onto Slotzilla. This is a zipline that runs above Fremont Street, hangs you on your front and is about 20 seconds of pure adrenaline. It’s so much fun make sure you definitely do this if you ever go there! We went when it was dark as I think the views are better with everything all lit up 🙂
Next we had to quickly grab an Uber and get back to our hotel so we could start getting ready. That night we were going to see Calvin Harris! It was the best coincidence ever. Calvin performed once a week, every Friday at Omnia nightclub. We were in Las Vegas for one night. What night was that? Friday! And who was the one artist Lauren and I had always wanted to see? That’s right, Calvin bloody Harris. This holiday got better and better as it went on. However, I had one slight problem. I didn’t bring any going out clothes! I don’t think they would have let me in with denim shorts… so I had to improvise and use my maxi skirt as a strapless dress, it looked soooooo bad I’m cringing at the thought of it right now. I also had to wear sandals, it was just horrendous. But they let us in! Calvin Harris was just as amazing as we thought he would be and we managed to squeeze our way through the crowd to a spot in the rows at the front! I can’t really remember what time we got in that night but I do remember we only got 3 hours sleep so the next day, the coach was our bed 🙂
We’re coming towards the end of my trip! My next post will be the very end of the holiday as we travel from Las Vegas to LA, San Francisco and finally, home.