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August 2, 2009

4 Brits, 2 Weeks, 1 Car

Palm Springs

We wanted a road trip, we wanted adventure, we only had two weeks. And after two previous trips to the U.S. for music festivals and New York City-based fun, we hoped to experience more variety and the American landscape and some guaranteed sun. We decided to pick up a car in L.A. and hit a complete mix of destinations in our 17 days…

August 3, 2009

Sun and Fun in Los Angeles

Hollywood sign

L.A. flew by in a blur. We rented the car at the airport and after learning to drive an automatic, we headed into L.A. and got lost—very lost. The Hollywood sign was a ‘must see’, so we ticked that off early and headed to the hills and finally, after getting lost again, down to Venice Beach for some of the finest people-watching I’ve seen outside Soho, London. We were already regretting refusing GPS with the car, but with the tattered map we had acquired in the U.K. we knew we’d be OK. (Tip No.1: If you are English and/or jet-lagged, do not go to a comedy club on your first night and sit in the front row. We survived the ridicule, just.)

August 4, 2009

Driving from L.A. to San Diego

San Diego

In search of relaxing beaches in San Diego, we headed down the coast at night, passing miles of beach campfires along the way. We arrived in San Diego in time to join the entire hostel on a trip to a local bar, then back to the beachside hostel terrace for more fun. The next day was spent doing what we all had dreamed of—nothing at all—on the beach, in the sunshine. This squirrel, by the way, lived in La Jolla and seemed to know exactly what he was doing.

August 5, 2009

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree

It got very warm very quickly as we drove from San Diego to Palm Springs. The roads were straight and endless, and this is when the holiday became a road trip. (Tip No. 2: The co-pilot/DJ is vital on these long journeys, so make a long playlist. I can’t hear Sam Cooke without reminiscing about this stretch of the trip.) Joshua Tree National Park was the perfect detour for some picturesque desert shots with the pre-packed Stars and Stripes flag. Clichés? Us? Surely not.

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