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Congrats, Laura!! :supz: :clap: :thumb:

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Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! :drinkers:

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Why thank you, eorious! That looks like something I could get drunk off of. :drinkers:

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Woah! :what:


*Runs to open recently purchased can of Guiness* :bolt: :drinkers:

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Look out you lot, Great H is coming over!!

One of my good friends has won a trip for two to Los Angeles and has asked me if I want to come with her. :shock: IF I WANT TO COME WITH HER???!!! :lol:
Oh, I said... possibly?

:whitey: :biggrin:
So I'll be over for 10 days or so toward the end of June! We're thinking a few days in LA, a few days in San Fran, a few days in Las Vegas Baby! But then, the Grand Canyon has been mentioned too so... no set plans yet! I've been to all these places before, but not for a loooong time so I'm sure things have changed a lot – and my friend hasn't been at all - So must-see list suggestions please!

But I need your help - the friend I'm coming over with has some mobility problems (she has MS so can only walk short distances) so any local advice about the best way to get around the city to see things (Hollywood, Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Universal Studios, Disneyland, Rodeo Drive etc...!!!) would be appreciated. Also the cheapest way to rent a car for between cities, or is it better to fly? Accommodation suggestions would be much appreciated too.

And of course any of you long-term WTFers who fancy hearing a kiwi accent in person it would be cool to maybe meet up - I could teach you how to speak Nu Zild proper! *cough*. :lol:


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My Attempt to Meet Every Kiwi on the Face of the Planet:

5...scratch that...6 down. 4,393,494 to go.

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Woot! Congratulations, GH! :yay: What a wonderful friend! :D

Are you comfortable driving in America? I was completely freaked out in NZ, and I wasn't the one driving. With gas prices what they are, you might be able to fly for not too much more money...and save yourself all the time spent driving. :dunno: The scenery from LA to Vegas is not bad and when you're done with Vegas you could head to the Grand Canyon. I think it was about 4 hours from LA to LV and about 6 from LV to the Canyon. I don't know about the drive to San Fran.

:lol: @ vmh. You go girl. You'll get them all eventually.

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Good point. I was out in LA last week and the price for gas was $4.19 USD. Yikes.

I'm pretty familiar with getting around in LA via public transit but if your friend has MS, you should definitely rent a car if you want to make the most out of your trip. The drive from LA to SF is about 6-8 hours if you take the 5 (pretty much just all desert views along the way) and a bit longer if you take the Pacific Coast Hwy (but you'll have better scenic views of the ocean). Parking is expensive in SF and I usually encourage people not to drive there.

I would definitely spend a day at the beach. Venice is fun. It has an eclectic hippie/stoner vibe. Santa Monica is the most popular and it'll probably be crowded but Third St. Promenade is right across the street and they have great stores. It's one of the nicer areas of LA. If you want something more secluded, head further north or south. If you want to, that same day, I would recommend The Getty. There's two of them: The Getty Center and The Getty Villa. Both of them are close to Venice and Santa Monica. Both are exquisite and free (if you choose the Villa, my personal favorite, be sure to make a reservation on their website in advance). http://www.getty.edu/museum/index.html

I took this at The Villa three years ago. It's gorgeous there.
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I've driven through Rodeo Drive but I haven't stopped there, mostly because I don't have thousands of dollars to spend. But I've been told Robertson Blvd. is the new Rodeo Dr. It's trendier. You might run into celebrities there.

I love Disneyland but I haven't been there for years. It's expensive but there's something really magical about it. The 1 day, 1 park ticket is $76. If you go, go early because it'll take up your entire day. Hit up the popular rides like Space Mountain and Splash Mountain first because the wait can be up to an hour or two later on.

I don't know if they still do this but I've been told that you could get into Disneyland for free (with a 1-2 hour limit) if you tell them you want a shopping pass. You might be able to do that if you don't want to shell out $76 but still want to experience the happiest place on earth. You won't be able to do much though.

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Oh Great H, how exciting!!!!! :whitey:
From the mobility standpoint: does your friend have a handicapped sticker to use for parking in NZ? Maybe there's a reciprocal-type tag that could be obtained for your time here. Believe me, when all the spaces are taken on a street, it's really nice to have a handicapped sticker so walking is kept to a minimum. And for Disneyland, here's something you could do. My sister-in-law felt a bit faint during a tour of Disney World, so the workers asked if she'd like a wheelchair. She said yes, and right away every ride or exhibit they went to they were directed to the front of the line, no waiting! Even if you start out without one, if she tires from all the walking, check to see if you can pick up one along the way.
I was lucky when I went to Las Vegas that one of our musicians had a friend who did small plane tours of the Grand Canyon. Still ranks as one of the best trips of my life. It really didn't seem like a 6-hr drive away from Vegas, but I also don't know if they still do air tours.
My legs have gotten much worse in the past year, so I'm very aware of how far I'll have to walk wherever I go. Google maps is my friend. I check out everywhere before I go, so I'm not wandering too far between resting.
If you have the time, the trip from LA to SF on the Pacific Coast Highway is lovely, though a little scary. It's a huge dropoff to the ocean without much of a shoulder on the side of the road. :shock: But the views are beautiful. We drove the 5 at night to get up to SF, then took the scenic way home. I'm not sure how expensive a flight is nowadays, but it's a nice short flight.
How I wish I could be there to meet up with you!!!

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I have no advice for you way over here in MI......except to say: Haven't you heard of Frankenmuth? Or Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village? Michigan's Adventure? We could go to a Tigers game or a show at the Fox or the DIA or hit Greektown or a Casino..... Lots to do here in MI. It's just a (relatively) short plane ride from the Grand Canyon... :D ;)

What a fabulous trip that's going to be- and I know you'll get great advice from the CA gals here...you already have from V. :hug:

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Yay, congrats Great H! Lucky you! :yay: Good luck with all the planning. :D

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Hey Great H, when it gets closer to travel time and you have some solid plans, why don't you start a thread in Members Only to give us your itinerary and we can follow another Kiwi on tour? :eyelashes: :nod:

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Great H wrote:
OMG!!!Look out you lot, Great H is coming over!!


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GreatH, I am so excited for you! How I wish I could come out. Why aren't we rich? Heck, I'd settle for at least financially healthy. One of us needs to win powerball/lotto so that we can share it with the lot of WTF'ers & have another west coast meet-up. A girl can dream. In a perfect world we could pool some monies to get ya to the midwest or east coast so that a good bunch of us could meet up with you.

Any exact dates yet?

In my humble opinion the drive from LA to San Francisco all along the Pacific Coast Hwy #1 (101) is spectacular. I've done it twice, but not in several years. I remember it as being a really long trip. The first time we did it we stayed on the coast at two different locations, one night each. It is something you really don't want to rush. The drive is so gorgeous and if you want to actually see it and take a few photos, it takes time. The second time we went straight through with a few short breaks and to take a few photos. I remember it being about 11 + hours. We didn't go at a pace where we were rushing, but we had to be very watchful of the clock. The road isn't easy at dark. At end of June-beginning July you will have daylight until at least 900pm so that's on your side. The weather should be ace. It is so beautiful in Monterey, Carmel, San Luis Obispo, Pebble Beach, Big Sur, & the 17 mile drive to the lone cypress tree. The list is long.

I totally agree with Vmh about Disneyland. It is special. BIG disney geek here. Of course I'm closer to Disneyworld in Orlando so I get to visit Disneyworld more frequently. Disney provides such outstanding services. You will have no problem at all getting assistance. This link may be helpful http://disneyland.disney.go.com/plan/guest-services/mobility-disabilities/. More on that to come. Don't even get me started...I will bend your ears till it hurts. I love it so much and always have a lot to say on the subject. :nod: Do you know about fastpass? Oh, cant wait to get into all of this with you. If you have an American Express, it is the official card, it may provide discounts or benefits. One last thing & I'll shut up about it. Disney has the most awesome fireworks for 4th of July. That may mean increased visitors but I've seen what they do for our Independence Day and it is incredible. It is a big holiday for us. You will want to bear that in mind when making plans. Most places of employment will close for the 4th giving us a 3 day holiday.

Last year Eorious and I stayed at the Hilton Universal Studios. It is adjacent to the park. You get a nice view too. They had a little tram right outside the front entrance to take you to the park. I checked the availability calendar for the 1st week July, they have an accomodation rate of $160 night or $279.00 one night package that includes accomodation & 2 adult/2 day tickets to Universal. A 1 day Universal Studios pass with 1 day free is usually $74 pp/$149 anyway. That means the room is really $130. It may be worth it since you have limited time and the convenience of being adjacent to the park is helpful. You may want to check out this website before you come http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/. Eorious and I were able to drive right into Hollywood area in less than 10 minutes for all of the attractions, only we didn't have the time. We were there for Jem & Bret and I wasn't well at the time, had to take it easy.

I can see that I am going too long. GreatH, think that I will email you. I could go on for a week about one of my fav cities San Francisco.

Also wanted to give you a heads up on the amazing airfares Virgin America offers and sometimes Southwest Airlines can provide a good offer also.

Sorry I went long folks. The old travel agent ghost in me came out full on. Although I haven't been gainfully employed as such for awhile now the instinct comes out. I love being a airline reservations agent but sure do miss the fun of being a travel agent and helping others plan trips.

Yeah, what Nancy said...start a thread in members only so that we can talk about it. Good one Nancy. :D

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You all are awesome! :nod: Especially you 4ever! That list of linkee's you PM'd is fantastic! :hug:

You went to so much trouble I almost hate to say this, but the trip now may not be happening - I'm seriously thinking I may have to tell my friend 'no thanks' after all - there are a lot of very mixed up and deep conflicting feelings happening in H's world right now! I've a big decision to make, with huge ramifications for me and my friend, either way. I'll let you know what's up (as soon as I know myself!) either over on the "Back soon - the 'I'm off on holidays' thread" (!) or possibly the "complaints department" thread...

And thanks again everybody! Did I mention that you're awesome?! :D


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We think you're pretty awesome, too, H. :hug:

I hope things work out for the best for you and your friend, no matter what. :goodman:

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