Tina and Adrian invited us to celebrate their wedding which was held at the Wilpena Pound Resort on Saturday, November 23, 2013.
We left home at 8.30am for the 500 kilometre drive to Wilpena Pound. The drive was mostly uneventful and we had rest stops in Burra, Jamestown and Hawker. We finally arrived at 4.30pm.
Following a lot of “meeting and greeting” we all enjoyed a BBQ and a drink before turning in for the night.
We decided to take a drive through Wilpena Pound and keep out of the way of those preparing for the wedding. At 4.00pm Tina and Adrian exchanged their wedding vows.
The wedding was in a natural bush setting and the bride was radiant and the groom scrubbed up well, as did their children.
Following the nuptials, the reception was held in the resort’s restaurant.
We were up bright and early, leaving Wilpena Pound at 6.15am. A quick stop in Jamestown to fuel up on diesel and then non-stop back home, arriving home just on 1.00pm.
Flinders Ranges Photos
This is the sixth and final leg of our four week holiday in the United States and Canada.
Farewell to the Yukon
We were up early packing our bags in readiness for the final leg of our holiday, a four day stay in Hawaii. We returned to LAX and parted with our Yukon hire car. Please GMC can this car be imported for sale in Australia?
We arrived in Honolulu late in the afternoon and picked up our hire car for our Hawaiian stay, a Chevrolet Suburban. This car was almost identical to the Yukon. Having picked up our hire car we drove the short distance to our accommodation.
Aqua Waikiki Pearl
Our accommodation for the next four days was the Aqua Waikiki Pearl. Whilst the website makes it seem that the accommodation is modern and fresh, the reality was much different as the accommodation looked tired and somewhat messy.
We purchased an app from GyPSy Guide for a few dollars with no great expectations. Bang for buck, it turned out that this was the best investment we made for the holiday.
We used the app’s “Island Circle” tour which took us all around Oahu. In between the points of interest the commentary provided insights into Hawaiian culture.
Boom Boom Sportsfishing
We had pre-booked a six hour fishing charter with Boom Boom Sportsfishing. On the drive to Waianae Harbour we experienced some serious inclement weather with weather warnings issued to residents to stay inside. We were apprehensive whether we should go on the charter or not.
The boat’s captain, Tony, assured us that all would be fine and that the weather at sea wouldn’t be an issue, so off we set. For 4 hours we didn’t hook a fish, then within an hour we’d caught three yellowfin tuna which weighed 110 pounds, 153 pounds and 154 pounds.
We stayed out way past our 6 hours, returning to the Waianae Harbour after almost 9 hours at sea. It was an amazing experience.
Beaches & Volcanoes
We used our GyPSy Guide app’s “Beaches &Volcanoes” tour and experienced points of interest which we not included in the “Island Circle” tour we went on a few days earlier.
Hawaii Gun Club
This was another “only in America” experience. The Hawaii Gun Club offers “specials” where you can fire a number of guns. We took the Super Course which allowed us to fire 7 guns.
“Mahalo” is a Hawaiian word meaning thanks, gratitude, admiration, praise, esteem, regards, or respects. This pretty well sums up our Hawaiian experiences.
Before we knew it, we had returned the hire car and were on our way home, our four week holiday was over.
This is the fifth leg of our four week holiday in the United States and Canada.
We bade farewell to San Diego and made the relatively short drive to Los Angeles and our accommodation for the next three days, The Beverly Garland Holiday Inn in North Hollywood.
Universal Studio’s Citywalk
Having settled into our accommodation, we took courtesy trolley bus to Universal Studio’s Citywalk and spent a leisurely few hours shopping before taking the courtesy trolley bus back to our accommodation.
American Riviera Tours
We had booked a private tour operated by American Riviera Tours for less than the cost of a bus tour.
Yuri, our guide, picked us up at 12 noon and visited all the “must see” locations in Los Angeles, returning us to our accommodation at 9.00pm.
Yuri was very knowledgeable in all thing “la-la” taking us to:
- The Hollywood sign
- Mullholland Drive
- Griffith Park (and the Observatory)
- Hollywood Walk of Fame
- Grumman’s Chinese Theatre
- The Dolby Theatre – home of the Oscars
- Farmers Market – for a late lunch
- Rodeo Drive
- Beverley Hills
- Santa Monica Pier
- Venice Beach
Warner Brothers Studios
We hadn’t planned anything for today following our long day yesterday, but on a whim we decided to visit Warner Brothers Studios.
We took the VIP Studio Tour. We were able to enter the studios where they film and produce The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Conan O’Brien Show , only because neither show films on a Friday.
This is the fourth leg of our four week holiday in the United States and Canada.
Today we drove 500 miles from Las Vegas to San Diego. We left Las Vegas driving on a five lane each way highway and arrived in San Diego also driving in on a five lane each way highway.
In between the “narrowest” the highway became was two lanes each way. No where along the way was the road empty, and for most of the drive it was like driving continuously in peak hour traffic.
We stopped for lunch in Barstow and tried our luck at the “skill” machine and were lucky to nab a Beats by Dr Dre headphone set.
We arrived in San Diego at 4.00pm. Our accommodation for the next four nights was the Handlery Resort in Mission Valley. It was a surprise to find that we had a ground floor room.
Fashion Valley Mall
Today was somewhat of a rest day. We visited Fashion Valley Mall and had our first experience in an Apple Store and a Microsoft Shop.
Old Town San Diego
San Diego Waterfront
Today we went on the San Diego SEAL tour, a boat with wheels.
We spent over an hour on the water and half an hour on land.
USS Midway Museum
It isn’t until you get on board the USS Midway Museum that you get a real appreciation of the size of this ship, seeing all the various aircraft stored on board.
San Diego Zoo
Today we visited the San Diego Zoo. Who would have thought we would come all this way to see Giant Pandas when we could have seen them in Adelaide.
The zoo lives up to its hype. The enclosures are well presented and the viewing platforms are more than adequate. The cable car ride from the bottom to the top of the zoo provides a great view of the surrounding areas.
This would be our last day in San Diego.