Miles Today 198 Total 21,459
We awoke a bit earlier today and the boss sent me next door to McDonalds to get us a Sunday breakfast. This set us up for an earlier than usual get away and we were wheels rolling just after 10.
The sky was clear blue and there were absolutely no clouds whatsoever. This never happens in the UK.
|400 miles of this was a bit wearing.|
|I spy with my little eye, something beginning with .......|
We only stopped once to fill up, sadly only with fuel, we just wanted to get to LA and get out of the heat. It was a lot hotter than yesterday with the temperature peaking out at 38C (100F). When it goes above body temperature it is difficult to cool down so we just pressed on and arrived there at around 2:30.
We found a cheap motel in Van Nuys and dived in out of the heat.
Monday 16th September 2013
Miles Today 22 Total 21,481
We set off for Universal at around 11am and the 11 mile trip was freeway almost all the way. After paying the car rate to park Wallace (why do they do that in America) we parked up and wandered in to the estate.
We emptied our wallet into the ticket booth and joined the hordes entering the park.
The first ride we went on was the Shrek ride. It was actually just a 4D cinema with seats that bumped and moved about whilst spraying water at you and tickling the backs of your legs to mimic spiders running around your legs. I was a bit disappointed.
|And this was the guy responsible for it...|
|I t was a fun but very wet ride|
It was then off to the new Transformers set which was very good. The 3D graphics interlaced with being thrown around sitting in a moving car were state of the art.
|There is a human in there somewhere. Sorry to burst your bubble Trula.|
|I missed the shot but the star of the show just popped up out of the water on his jet ski. Impressive.|
|This guy, Brandon Loeser, was recently in the Batman film, 'The Dark Knight'. When he was not performing he took great delight in throwing buckets of water at the viewing crowd. As you can see, he clearly enjoys his work.|
We then entered the haunted house which was fun aside from the fact that with so many people in it (they had all just walked out of Water world) it was more like a procession. The actors inside were good though, popping out of dark and scaring the crap out of us. Actually it was all dark, but you know what I mean.
|This 2 feet high model was actually used to depict a full sized house in the film, The Munster s..|
|The Frankenstein scene|
As is the norm for me I was hungry so we decided to look for a hot dog stand, Not too easy in the US. Everyone eats burgers and chips (French fries). Anyway, we found one and they advertised a Polish hot dog, which is a big one, so I asked for one of those. I was then asked it I wanted a spicy one. Yeah, why not.....
This is why not..............
|An idiot in agony. Tears in his eyes and large red chilli's in the sausage.|
I could not speak, I was crying and hiccuping all at the same time. Needless to say Karen was gaining much merriment from my anguish, or should I say she was in stitches laughing. A close inspection of the sausage showed it was about 10% red chillies. The beer I had went down real quick and I was dreading tomorrow morning.
|I liked the smile on this guys face. And it should read MY FEMALE, not US MAIL|
After a beer we went to see Alysium, a Sci Fi film starring Matt Daemon. The film is about a modern space station occupied by rich people who have escaped the decaying population on Earth.
We actually enjoyed it immensely. We are easily pleased after all.
Tomorrow we set off for Phoenix to visit Karen's cousin Charles. It will take us a couple of days.