After leaving San Fransisco, I went on a 9-day trip through the national parks, ending up in Las Vegas. I had hesitated over whether to hire a car and do it on my own, but in the end I took the tour. I think I made the right choice. There was a lot of driving from one place to another and some local road closures due to the fires. Getting in these places, finding parking and finding where to go after getting parked would have taken all my time and energy if I’d done it myself.
It was actually nice to relinquish responsibility for a week. A few people were panicking about the fires and whether we would still be going to Sequoia park, whereas I was happy to trust the tour leader to keep up to date with things, and find us an alternative if the park was closed off, whilst I sat back and enjoyed the ride.
Our little group consisted of eleven of us, ranging in ages from 21 up to mid 70s and coming from Switzerland, Holland, UK, USA, New Zealand and Australia. There were two couples amongst the eleven, one brother/sister coupling and the rest of us were solo travellers. We all rubbed along reasonably well, without any major incidents.
Even I managed ok, and I hate being cooped up with other people; I am really not a ‘people person’, despite what I always say at job interviews.
However nine days was enough and I was relieved to get to Las Vegas, reclaim some more autonomy over my travel and get to a bedroom that was all mine.
All good fun, but Death Valley in particular was an amazing place and will get a separate post of its own when I get around to it. Meanwhile, I am going to be enjoying the delights of Las Vegas.