After our last night in the Yosemite National Park, we left the mountains in direction of the Pacific. On the way there we passed through the Napa Valley, the largest wine growing region of the U.S. and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the coastal area. The next day we went over the famous Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco, the city of hippies and artists, where we wanted to spend the fourth July, the National Day of the USA. Unfortunately, the city held none of the expected parades. Instead, we looked at a very funny and interesting outdoor theater play almost right in the middle in the alternative San Francisco. After the theater we went first on a sightseeing tour and we ate Chinese in Chinatown. In the evening we went to the Fishermen’s Wharf, where we watched the stunning fireworks display over the San Francisco Bay.
The next day we drove along the coastal Highway No. 1 in the direction of LA. It offered us ever new perspectives on the beautiful rugged coastline of central California. And we saw elephant seals, sea lions and seals.
In between we visited small coastal towns including Santa Barbara. Then we finally reached Los Angeles, where we strolled along the famous beaches of Malibu. Finally, we went to our accommodation, a Couchsurfing couple. They welcomed us warmly and we spent two relaxing days in LA. We visited Beverly Hills and Hollywood and spoiled our hosts with a German classic: Real German sausage (made from a Chemnitzer), with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. As Desert, there were delicious pancakes with applesauce.
Well, and then our three weeks in the U.S. were already over. We gave back our car, and giving away our camping equipment and spent the night under the chairs of the LA airport. Early on the morning of 10th of July, we boarded our plane to Guatemala City and a new story began …