Mammoth

As I type this I'm sitting in the bar of Mammoth Mountain hotel surrounded by posh people wearing black ties and dinner dresses, while I'm sporting black jeans and a Lemon Jelly T-shirt. A nice bright red.

Bryce canyon was beautiful, one of the highlights of the trip so far. The natural beauty of the late afternoon light through the rocks was breathtaking and if you ever get the chance to go snap it up. The Grand canyon was big, but in this case big does not mean beautiful – perhaps I would have a different opinion if I had been able to visit the floor of the Grand canyon, but as it is Bryce canyon wins hands down.

If you don't believe me, go and do a Flickr search for Bryce canyon.

Las Vegas was neither as exciting, nor as seedy as I expected it to be. It reminded me more of a sunny and dry Blackpool rather than the 'Sin City' it promises to be.

In my wallet I have the proof of the only money I've ever won gambling – 25 cents on a $1 stake. I've decided not to cash it in, but to frame it and count myself ahead of the game for the rest of my life.

What was astounding was the Cirque du Soleil show ''; I was bowled over from the moment that I walked into the theatre fascinated by the steampunk style gangways all the way to the explosive finalé. If you ever have a chance to see this show it is well worth spending money on the best seats in the house.

And now I find myself relaxing after a 12 hour drive on the coach listening to the tour guide wax lyrical on the strata of the rocks in the areas we were driving through (although it would be truer to say that I was avoiding listening to him by the blessed release of my iPod).

Tomorrow – Pismo beach. And yet another chance to get out of bed at six am…

6 thoughts on “Mammoth”

  1. Grand is big. Bryce is a gem. Quarry vs emerald. Zion Canyon is lovely as well.Re: gambling win. You paid attention during your statistics class, didn't you?

  2. Mammoth is possibly the best place I'e ever skied, though the town felt rather sterile compared to even purpose built European resorts. Though certainly the oddest journey I've ever taken to go skiing, flying into LA, then a five hour drive across desert- in winter, the nearest big airport is LAX, as all the roads across the Sierra are blocked.We did do some of the tourist stuff whilst we there- there's a hot spring just down from Mammoth, and we visited June lake (still, beautiful) and Mono lake (wierd). Though the day we went to Mono lake it rained a bit. Rain. In the desert. Can you tell the scots were on holiday?

  3. Sounds like you are having an amazing holiday, wish i was there !!!!!! How are your feet?(hiking) Remember us poor people when your sat an that beach!!!!!

  4. When you mentioned your itinerary, I realized we were going to overlap in Mammoth. I'm not sure why I feel that's funny, but I do.Bryce is the best of the best, canyon-wise. Even Zion is more spectacle and magnificence than sheer, overawing beauty.

    As for Pismo Beach, all I can say is your tour guides are nuts. With some 20 world-class beaches to choose from, they go for Pismo? It's one of the “reserves” for dune buggy racing idiots, and there's a huge power plant not far away. However, I've always avoided the place, so maybe there are good bits I don't know about. I'll be curious to hear your take on it.

    Wave to me as you go past Ventura (along the coast, just north of LA). 😉

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