Thursday, June 22, 2006

Day 11 Coming to you from north of Hollywood.

Memorable? Yes this trip will be that. A lot has happened since the flat in Oklahoma City. There is good news and there is bad news… The good news is that we get much better gas mileage and the bad news is that we had 800 dollars worth of camping gear and clothing and such stolen from us. We were staying in Amarillo Texas and I didn’t even think to bring the luggage roof case attached to my van into the place we were staying. To make a long story short it was gone in the morning.

That was in Amarillo Texas. The next day we made it to Arizona and the day after (father’s day) was wonderful. I was able to go and see the Grand Canyon with my family. It was my first time there and I have to say that there are no words that would do such a beautiful sight justice so I will not even make the attempt, you must go and see it for yourself. We spent a day after that still in Arizona and the next day (the 19th) we made it to Las Vegas. That is another memorable story…

We stayed in Circus Circus (it was my first time to Vegas as well) and decided to stay for two days. Over the course of those two days we lost 80 dollars (remember I am unemployed so couldn’t blow much more than that). My wife and I were feeling a little sorry for ourselves for not winning anything and then it happened. Our second night there (the night of the 20th) a fire broke out on our hotel floor at about midnight and we had to evacuate the building until almost 3 a.m. When we finally were able to return to our room we luckily didn’t have any damage to our things. I called the main desk and said that there was no way we were going to be paying for staying there that night because for half the night we were outside waiting for the fire to be safely extinguished. I called again in the morning to make sure that before I checked out there would be no charges for our second night there and was pleasantly surprised to find that they must have accidentally taken off both nights so we ended up staying free. I guess sometimes Lady Luck shows herself in unexpected ways.

My trip should be over in a few days but the memories of it will linger for some time (and hopefully if I am any kind of a father my kids will look back on this trip with nostalgia and love). I lived in Monterey California about 5 years ago when I was studying Arabic and so we will be returning there in 2 days time to stay with some old friends who we haven’t seen since I lived there. My journey will finally end when I stop at my best friend’s house in Sacramento California and pick him up to come with us for the final leg up to Portland Oregon.

Please let me know if there are any of you who live in or near Portland Oregon (my blog email is on the right hand side)… Maybe we could get a beer and hang out.

Take care.

Zachary Scott-Singley


Halla said...

Zach, too bad about your stuff! some people really suck! If you are going to Sacramento and Oregon, Yosemite has to be on your list. It is a must for the kids, my family has an annual backpacking trip there every year. There is a campsite when you first enter, by Wawona lodge that is cheap on a 1st come basis but get there early to the park to avoid lines at the gate and of course middle of the week helps too.

Have fun

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry for your bad luck, but am so glad you are having fun with your family. You know when I go I have never taken the van top carrier off. That is weird. Man some people. Enjoy the rest of your trip. You are to far from us to ahve a beer, but it would be fun.
Take Care,
Margie from New York
PS I still check your blog all the time.

till_in_the_clear said...

I'm in Crescent City, CA - off of Hwy 101 on the oregon border. Stop off at Pizza Hut (right off the highway) and If I'm working, I'll feed your family - on me.
Least I can do...

Otto said...

Hi Zach! I'm sorry to hear about your flat and your things being stolen. I know exactly how you feel and it sucks bad.

My girlfriend and I are on a road trip ourselves and the night before we were to leave Boston my girlfriend's car is broken into and my Canon G6 is stolen out of it. I do not realize until we were heading to CT and we had to turn back to file a police report. Then after all of that we find that the insurance deducible would be $500 for about $710 worth of stuff stolen. So don't feel too bad, the stuff is gone but at least you and your family are safe. Good luck on the rest of the trip and have fun in the West.

PS my road trip blog can be found here: incase you might be interested.