Crazy Dave's DIY Sunroof Technique....

Trip Start Jul 05, 2010
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Trip End Sep 30, 2010


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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Hello and welcome to the almost final blog entry, writing this entry one alcohol sodden week after the event so memorys a little sketchy, but to be fair it's worked so far! Our last big adventure has us driving from San Francisco, a city famed for its bridge and large gay community (the real reason Ollie left us at this point), driving to Yosemite National Park then cutting down through Death Valley on our way to Vegas..baby! Note: Nevada law states that anytime the word Vegas is mentioned it must be followed promptly by the word baby... 

Picked up our RV (yank for campervan) with relative ease, other than that they took about an extra 2hours getting it ready for us, pushing us into rush hour, which meant we had to scrap our original plan of driving across the Golden Gate Bridge as San Fran rush hour would add a min of 4hours to our journey...not cool. So unfortunately no bridge for us, but how good could it be, I dare say it's not much better than the Toome bypass anyways...

First stop was the Walmart for supplies, why's he including such trivial detail I hear you say, well here's the clincher. On the way out of the car park the RV was starting to heat up a bit inside, so "Dave the Wise" decided a sunroof would air the van up nicely.  Spotting a low lying tree branch, he cunningly decided to run it along the fibreglass roof in the same fashion you would use a tin opener, thereby creating a lovely drafty feel to the inside of the van whilst cleverly decorating the exterior with some nice Ash leaves sticking out of the roof...cheers Dave! Now that may have seemed slightly bitter, so I do apologise, but when you see the bill later you might see my cruel justification...

Disclaimer: Dave's a good mate and to be fair no one saw the tree until afterwards but the consensus is we still owe him a lifetime, and I literally mean a lifetime of abuse, mostly verbal but quite possibly physical...

With our new green foilage roof decoration and a cheap Ipod-stereo connection we hit the road with a bit of ACDC blaring and decided to forget about the impending damages bill and enjoy the trip.  After approximately 3 hours of ACDC's "Back in Black" on a continuous loop, we figured it was time for a new song and a new driver.  Up steps yours truly, only to quickly realise the sheer size of this mammoth of a vehicle and the crazy yanks driving on the wrong side of the road didn't help! Couple of minor incidents later including clipping the kerb and running an intersection (still not sure how they work) it was plain sailing, just hit the highway, whack the cruise control on then chill, and hope no more low lying arboretums spring out of nowhere.

After a steep climb to about 4,000 feet of elevation, 189miles, 7 hours driving we arrived at our campsite, a place called Lower Pines on the floor of Yosemite Valley. Although our site was effectively a clearing amongst trees, it cost us $60 and required a booking 3months in advance via a system similar to buying Glastonury tickets, the whole campsite sold out in 20mins online...just to give you an idea of the sheer popularity of the place! And to prove to Mum I do have some semblance of organisational ability...admittedly limited but still ability...

On that note, to make good use of our time the next day, we didn't set a wake-up alarm and slept in until the early afternoon, missing our first days hiking :-) Although we did spend lunch feeding a pleasant young squirrel spicy nacho flavoured doritos, which appeared to be the squirrel equivalent of crack cocaine as he was thoroughly addicted and refused to scram on request!

Anyway I digress, the main reason we came to Yosemite is to partake in the massive 10hour hike to the unique Half Dome, a massive granite mt, which was previously classified as impossible to climb. Until recently when they installed a set of cables on the side on the main dome allowing the climber to haul themselves up, hopefully avoiding certain death with the near vertical drop either side.  The height is 8,836ft (about twice as all as Nevis) and can only be accessed by an arduous hike with the last 120m basically straight up on the cables. With my inbred fear of heights since birth it seemed like a fanastic idea...

Rather than bore you with the detail of the walk I figured it would be more interesting to upload some videos etc, now I aplogise in advance for two things 1)That I didn't think of it at the top or during the climb 2) For my lack of video blog skills and the sheer shite that I talk...otherwise, ignore what I say and enjoy the scenery.


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