Our Beach Wedding Day – Part 1

Our Beach Wedding Day – Part 1

An Old Married Couple and Beach Wedding Formalities

The day started with Martha in the hotel bathroom and an impatient Nigel pacing the floor – nothing new there. Except that today Nigel seemed particularly irritated. Or should we call it irritating? Martha was due another lecture as his head appeared through the door: “We really need to go. Everything is always lastminute.com with you.” Martha was only mildly fazed: “Calm down! Just putting my mascara on and then I’m ready to rock. Our appointment isn’t for another hour after all.” With his buttons now increasingly pushed, Nigel moved on to his ‘stage 2’ speech: “You have no appreciation for time. We have to get there in rush hour San Diego traffic and you don’t know the parking situation at the County Clerks Office.” View Post

Mammoth Lakes (a.k.a. In Search of the elusive Crystal Lake)

Mammoth Lakes (a.k.a. In Search of the elusive Crystal Lake)

Scenic Highway 395

Having attended a taping of the sitcom ‘Young & Hungry’ in Los Angeles, it was time to hit the road, determined to make the most of our two full days at Mammoth Lakes. This meant one thing only … lots of hiking up mountains and around lakes! Mammoth Lakes is located in Eastern California about a five-hour drive from LA (along Highway 395) and about five hours east of San Francisco. In 2013 we had visited the Telluride in Colorado, which we loved. So we hoped that Mammoth Lakes would provide us with similar mountain wilderness experiences without having to drive to Colorado. View Post

An Afternoon at Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

An Afternoon at Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe

Not on an Empty Stomach!

After years of hearing from other people how beautiful Lake Tahoe was, we finally managed to spend two night there in May 2015 during our honeymoon road trip. We stayed at a motel in South Lake Tahoe, close to the beach and the only problem we had was deciding how best to use our one full day. Our receptionist had recommended a great place for breakfast called Bert’s Cafe that Nigel noticed was close to Emerald Bay which was one of the ‘must see’ places to visit. And so, once refuelled by what was now brunch at Bert’s Cafe, we were soon driving along the western shore of Lake Tahoe along a very scenic road, which climbed higher and higher. View Post

Mammoth Lakes, California: Rainbow Falls & Devils Postpile

Mammoth Lakes, California: Rainbow Falls & Devils Postpile

Honeymoon Road Trip

Our honeymoon in May 2015 was a road trip through California. One of our favourite days as newlyweds was spent at the Devils Postpile National Monument and Rainbow Falls. As we were spending three nights in Mammoth Lakes, it was only about a 20 to 30-minute drive from our hotel in the village to the parking area for the Devils Postpile. Somewhat surprisingly for the US, there is no entrance fee! In peak season however, there is a paid shuttle bus service from the village etc to alleviate traffic congestion.

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