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  1. Default New York to Florida to New Mexico -- Summer 2006

    Hello again. I posted on here this summer about a possible cross-country trip that I was going to take at the end of the summer. Well, the trip went through, and it was a great time. I just wanted to give a little summary of what we did.

    My buddy and I drove from upstate New York all the way down to Florida to pick up my other friend. We stayed there for a couple of days and checked out Southern Florida. Then, we drove all the way to Gila National Forest in New Mexico. We left Southern Florida at 5 at night and made it to New Mexico at 9 o clock the next night. We drove very fast. I couldn't believe the speed limit in Texas is 80 at some points.

    We made many stops along the way (believe it or not), spending substantial time in El Paso and San Antonio, which was an amazing city (can't say the same for El Paso). To those of you that have never been to Gila National Forest, it is absolutely amazing. We woke up early that next morning and, driving to the cliff dwellings through the park (about 25-30 miles), the morning fog was evident in the valley, making for a spectacular scene.

    We stayed there for a long time, and then made our way to Silver City, New Mexico. It may not have been called Silver City, although I think it was. Then, from there, we drove to Phoenix. We took a scenic route to there, taking about 10 hours to get there. However, it was worth it, for the scenery that we drove through was just as nice as the Pacific Coast Highway. I don't know the road name. However, we drove through a beautiful part of New Mexico going north I think, and then entered Arizona and made our way southwest to Phoenix. We drove through some huge Canyon in Arizona. Very nice.

    We made it into Phoenix at around 4 or 5 that afternoon. I didn't really like the actual downtown of Phoenix. However, the surrounding suburbs were very nice. We spent the night camping on some lake in rural Arizona, about 40 minutes out of Phoenix. It was a beautiful lake, right in the middle of a canyon.

    The next morning, we drove all the way to L.A, stopping in Phoenix again and a couple other cities along the way (Blythe? I think it was called, and a couple small towns). We made it into LA that night at around 6 or 7. We got into our hotel, took a shower, and then went to Manhattan Beach and hung out there for a couple hours and swam and watched the people fish. Sick time. Then, we made our way into downtown LA and then to Sunset Boulevard to check out the nightlife. Next morning, we woke up and hung out in LA until about 5, checking out hollywood, sunset boulevard, compton, the hospital for me, compton, ect. I personally liked LA, although not alot of people do it seems for some reason. It had a cool vibe to it...i don't know.

    We then drove on the PCH from Malibu (checking out Pepperdine) and made it all the way up to Morro Bay or something like that that night. We stopped in the cities along the way and checked out the beaches (Santa Monica I think and others). We slept on the beach that night and almost got arrested for something or another, but we got out of it (i won't go into it, unless anyone who ever reads this wants me to). We then woke up that next morning and stopped in Big Sur, some random little town, Carmel for a long time, Pebble Beach, Monterey, San Luis Obispo or San Simeon, ect.

    I'll try and cut this short because I think i'm going on for too long. We made it into San Francisco that night and hung out tehre for that night, the next day, and a little bit of the next day, then drove to Sequoia (beautiful), drove to Las Vegas (had a bunch of random stuff happen there), drove to Hoover dam, drove to the Grand Canyon, Albuquerque, Dallas, New Orleans, and then back to Florida, dropped off the BMW, picked up the civic, and then drove back up to New York, stopping in washington DC and other places. Respond please...haha, if you want to
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    Default Hospital? Arrested? Random Stuff in Vegas?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aboslet1 View Post
    We drove very fast.
    Sounds like you may have driven "very fast" on most of this adventure!
    Sick time. Then, we made our way into downtown LA and then to Sunset Boulevard to check out the nightlife. Next morning, we woke up and hung out in LA until about 5, checking out hollywood, sunset boulevard, compton, the hospital for me, compton, ect.
    Food poisoning?
    I personally liked LA, although not alot of people do it seems for some reason. It had a cool vibe to it...i don't know.
    I like LA too.
    We slept on the beach that night and almost got arrested for something or another, but we got out of it (i won't go into it, unless anyone who ever reads this wants me to).
    Well, OK, what happened with this little caper?
    drove to Las Vegas (had a bunch of random stuff happen there), drove to Hoover dam,
    What kinds of random stuff?
    drove to the Grand Canyon, Albuquerque, Dallas, New Orleans, and then back to Florida, dropped off the BMW, picked up the civic, and then drove back up to New York, stopping in washington DC and other places
    . Whew! What a trip. How many miles in how many days?

    Mark

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    Default Enquiring minds want to know

    Welcome back Aboslet1!

    Cool trip report. That's the kind of itinerary I enjoy : lot of mileage but manage to spend quality time visiting, and most importantly save some time for "random stuff" whatever that means exactly. We all have our own type of random stuff we enjoy to do on road trips I guess. Although there are some people who like to predict everything and plan every little detail about their trip -- which is too much to ask of me on any trip that involves serious mileage.

    We made many stops along the way (believe it or not), spending substantial time in El Paso and San Antonio, which was an amazing city (can't say the same for El Paso).
    San An is a gorgeous city of course but I think El Paso has its own charm. A little on the shady side and rough around the edges perhaps, but still interesting. It is not what you might call an idyllic city but the "vibes" are particularly strong there don't you think?

    I didn't really like the actual downtown of Phoenix. However, the surrounding suburbs were very nice.
    Are you serious? They actually have a downtown area? Just kidding:o)lol I totally agree.

    We spent the night camping on some lake in rural Arizona, about 40 minutes out of Phoenix. It was a beautiful lake, right in the middle of a canyon.
    Wow, do you remember where it was exactly? I want to go there.

    then to Sunset Boulevard to check out the nightlife
    Alright. Which clubs?

    I personally liked LA, although not alot of people do it seems for some reason. It had a cool vibe to it...i don't know.
    Amen.

    almost got arrested for something or another, but we got out of it (i won't go into it, unless anyone who ever reads this wants me to). [...]drove to Las Vegas (had a bunch of random stuff happen there
    I have to admit, I am as curious as Mark about this "arrest" and that "random stuff"...:o)

    Thanks for sharing your stories!
    Gen

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    Well, I don't know the mileage exactly. But, we pretty much drove from approximately Rochester, New York to Naples, Florida. From there, we drove to El Paso, then Gila National Forest, then to LA, up to San Francisco on PCH, down to Las Vegas, to Grand Canyon, to Albuquerque, Dallas, back to Naples, and then back to Rochester area. This took about...3 weeks time.

    We made it from near Rochester though to Naples in less than 20 hours (stopping in Harrisburg PA for about 30 minutes and having many stops along the way for gas, bathroom, ect).
    I don't know about El Paso...it certainly had some culture or character or something to it. We had dinner in some place in what I thought was an absolute ghetto...although I could be wrong.

    The lake I think was called Canyon Lake (simple, right?). Although I could be wrong again, I think it was man-made. However, it is still a nice lake, right in the heart of a canyon.

    The club scene...well, we aren't all 21. Only 2 of us were. We didn't want to leave the other out (me), so all we really did was walk around them and check out all of the people. However, it was still fun (places we walked around and looked...if I remember correctly...Viper Room? S or something like that? and Whiskey A Go Go.)

    We almost got arrested on some beach in California. I don't remember where it was exactly. However, we had been driving for about 4 hours out of LA (we stopped for dinner, pictures many times, Malibu, Santa Monica I think, and Pepperdine). So, of actual driving time, it was about 3 hours at the most. So, it comes to be about 11:00, and we're trying to find a campground on the beach. We knew this wasn't likely though. We found some public beach and we had full intentions of sleeping there. However, a sign told us that it was against the law, so we continued to make our way northward for about 20 miles. Eventually, we find this campsite that is like...right next to the dunes of the beach. We drive up and there is no one at the front kiosk or whatever. There is a sign that says no vacancy.

    By this point, we were getting pissed about not being able to find a place to sleep. None of us wanted to sleep in the car, so we just pulled our car into someone elses parking space/campsite, and just took our tent and sleeping bags, food, and beer onto the nearby beach. We decided to wake up at 5 30 the next morning to leave before anyone noticed us. We wake up then, and, just as I figured, a man was staring at our tent from across the dune near the campsite. We made our way back to the car and he comes up to us and is questioning us about sleeping on the beach. I'm laughing to the point where I cannot take it anymore, so I hurry and go into the car. My friend tells him...that a homeless man told us that if we paid him 10 dollars that he would let us sleep on the beach. Before my friend told this man this (the campground host), he was pissed at us and had called the ranger to arrest us for something or another (tresspassing?, sleeping on the beach, something like that anyway). However, once my friend told him this outlandish lie, he was totally on our side and wanted to track downt his man. The man we described would probably never be anywhere near this campground, which was about 3 miles off of the highway and no where near any real cities. Well, he went and told his wife, she didn't believe him, the ranger comes and he can't believe that the guy would believe our lie. The woman gets mad at me for not being able to find my wallet, the ranger gets pissed at us, I continue to laugh at every lie or description my friend says...i guess you had to be there to understand how funny it was. The ranger ended up telling us that although he would like to arrest us for whatever, he gave the option to the old man who was the campground host. He decided to let us go free because he believed our ridiculous story. hahaha. You don't understnad how funny it was.

    In Las Vegas, i got kicked out of the casino because i was gambling even though i am only 20. However, the woman dealer who I had one the money off of (a somewhat substantial amount for a 20-year old college student), told the guy that found that I was 20 that I had only lost money, and hadn't won a dime. Therefore, they didnt make me give it back. It was nice. Well, a bunch of stuff happened. I'll come back later and tell. I have to go to class now.
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    The lake I think was called Canyon Lake (simple, right?). Although I could be wrong again, I think it was man-made. However, it is still a nice lake, right in the heart of a canyon.
    It is indeed a very nice lake. I've been there once while visiting a friend in AZ. We passed it on our way to Roosevelt Dam on the Apache Trail. The only thing I didn't like about the lake is that they allow speed boats and sea-doos. Arizona has very few lakes I guess they have to let people do that kind of activities in some places...

    The club scene...well, we aren't all 21. Only 2 of us were. We didn't want to leave the other out (me), so all we really did was walk around them and check out all of the people. However, it was still fun (places we walked around and looked...if I remember correctly...Viper Room? S or something like that? and Whiskey A Go Go.)
    I believe that the Viper Room is owned by actor Johnny Depp. Whisky a Go Go has been in the game since the 1960's and has been the host to famous rock bands such as Led Zeppelin & The Byrds.

    He decided to let us go free because he believed our ridiculous story. hahaha. You don't understnad how funny it was.
    Or maybe he realized that you were a harmless group of young people who just wanted to have some fun. Although I don't approve of trespassing or law breaking, I do believe that private and public property laws have become ridiculously severe in North America. There's this place in Vermont where I go swimming. I know it's private property but I still go and a lot of other people do as well. There is the most gorgeous crystal clear river and falls and no house nearby. The owner never bothers us and I believe most of the swimmers are respectful in return.

    When I was a teenager we used to go swimming in a stream in the middle of the forest. We always picked up our stuff after we were done and never left anything behind. The house of the owner was 1,5 miles away. But each time he saw a car parked on the side of the highway, he would walk the 1,5 miles and make us get out of there saying it was private property and pretending to call the police. If I'd been a smart-alecky I would have said that the river was under the jurisdiction of the Province not his, but we still had to walk on his land to get there. Don't mistake me, I would never go swimming in someone else's pool or break into someone's backyard and have a BBQ or anything like that, but I think people can be overly protective of their rights sometimes. They tend to forget that they were children once and enjoyed having picnics by the same rivers and swim in the same lakes. I guess we have to draw a line somewhere though. And whether that nice man believed your story or not, you got lucky!

    In Las Vegas, i got kicked out of the casino because i was gambling even though i am only 20. However, the woman dealer who I had one the money off of (a somewhat substantial amount for a 20-year old college student), told the guy that found that I was 20 that I had only lost money, and hadn't won a dime
    The first time I went gambling was in the Montreal Casino, I was 18 at the time (the age of majority in Quebec). We went there for one of my friend's birthday. She was 26 and she was upset because she got carded and not me. I stayed there for a whole day not even thinking about gambling. I finally took 20 bucks out of my wallet and put all of it in slot machines. It's just not my favourite type of entertainment. I enjoy watching people, the neons, the ambiance but gambling? nah! I prefer to spend my money on restaurants, nightlife, concerts, books, cds and museums, even gas!

    Tell us more about your adventures when you get a chance!

    Gen

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    Default Now That was a Great Trip

    Did you make it out to Santa Monica or Redondo Beach piers? We watched the sunset at Santa Monica , end of Route 66, well one of the ends anyway. And we really did some partying upstairs at Tony's at Redondo.

    Did you take I-15 from LA to Las Vegas? What was your take on it. I found it a bit frightening with the excessive speed. It was good to find a bit of the old strip still left at the north end by Slots A Fun. Plus, really liked what they've done with the downtown.
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    No, we didn't make it to either of the piers, sadly. Looking back on it, I wish we had stopped for longer at beaches and piers along the coast. We tried to hit every place we could, which allowed us to visit a lot of cool places. However, we couldn't really stay long at any of them.
    About the driving...yes, we were on I-15. However, after driving through Phoenix, west Texas (speed limit of 80), Washington DC, Houston...we were kinda used to the bad driving conditions by then.
    Las Vegas was interesting...not really my type of deal because I'm not a huge fan of gambling. However, it was a nice experience. I don't really remember much of the old strip. I spent a lot of time at the Bellagio, Venetian, ect. However, we did walk the length of the strip, so I'd imagine I saw the parts of the strip that you are referring to. We walked around/drove around from about 5 to about 4 in the morning that night we were in Las Vegas. Fun time.
    Canyon Lake was really pretty. We went swimming that morning for a while. The only thing I didn't like about it was the campsite we stayed at. Garbage was thrown everywhere, flies/bees would swarm, camping areas were not really well-kept, ect. However, I guess you get what you pay for (we arrived on the weekend at midnight after being out in Phoenix all night, so we didn't have to pay. normally, i'd hate what we did. however, we're all cheap college students and it won't happen again).
    My favorite cities were San Francisco and San Antonio. LA was interesting. Carmel was the best town. Monterrey had a lot of character. El Paso was...strange but interesting in its own way. We were in a part of the town that was definetly very poor. Some man offered to watch our car for 5 dollars with a knife and a flashlight. Strange...Hmm, what else? Houston didn't really interest me. I had the most expensive single lunch of my life (30 dollars in San Francisco). I took a bike ride over the bridge in San Francisco into Sausalito. Nice town. Hung out there for a while. The old Coast Guard area near there is interesting too if you take a good walk around. Fisherman's wharf is not what i expected it to be, sadly. It was much more touristy than I could ever imagine. Chinatown was cool. Spooky in its own way, especially walking around the alleys. The Cable cars were great. Ugh...I'm rambling. We have some videos on Youtube.com. Tomorrow, when I wake up, I'll put a link up on here for you to check out. My friend did a really good job on them.
    I really need to go to bed, for I have classes tomorrow morning. Thank you for the replies! I'll write back more tomorrow! I have a huge question regarding road tripping to for you guys, so I'll ask tomorrow.

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