If you are thinking of booking this trip.... All I have to say is 'DO IT, DO IT NOW'
Meeting everyone on the 1st morning was the most nerve wrecking thing I have ever done (flying alone was easy) However, as soon as the trek leader & the rest of the group introduced themselves, they vanished. This was going to be one life changing adventure with what seemed some very nice people...
The weather was quite temperamental in San Diego but that didn't stop us... We bought ourselves an American football and Frisbee and hit Mission Beach for some fun. A few of the guys braved the water for a dip, brrrrrrr!! We split up the second day with some opting for Sea World and others Balboa Park for the museums and a trip in to the Gas lamp area..
The next day was mainly a driving day, but we got to stop at this amazing sight called Salvation Mountain. It has to be seen to be believed. When we arrived at our campsite it was dark. However I have to say, trying to put up tents and listening to everybody trying to find pegs and hammers in the dark was very funny indeed. That night we used our beer drinking skills as a warm up to one of the group’s birthday... Waking up the next morning was something out of a movie. Our campsite was on the Colorado River and the view was out of this world. Happy Birthday Camp mate ;)
Next stop, Cowboy Camp... Betty & Rusty's was fantastic! We all mounted are trusty steeds and set off. We rode through part of the desert and the view was amazing. Although, Pumpkin (my gorgeous horse) liked to take me through the cactus and trees, im hoping the mark on my arm stays as a permanent reminder of the fun we had. That night we had a beautiful dinner of steak and potatoes followed nicely with freshly made birthday cake (happy birthday camp mate1) and a camp fire story session that will stay in memory for a lifetime =) All that was left was for us to sleep under the stars, no tents needed!!
After a group photo with the famous Betty & Rusty it was off to the Grand Canyon... The only thing I can say about this is WOW... This has to be seen to be believed. There are no words that can describe the experience of the blind folded walk and big reveal =) After the excitement of the grand canyon sunset (where we had some champagne ;) ), it was off for pizza, beer and bowling to celebrate another birthday (happy birthday camp mate2) We didn't have a late one as the next day we were off early. Some of the group headed straight for the canyon. Myself and 3 others headed off for our helicopter flight over the Grand Canyon, what an experience that was. It did cost $250 but was worth every penny. We then went down in to the canyon, 1.2miles. Great going in, hard work getting out =)
Next it was off to VEGAS BABY! We had a little stop along route 66 on the way. Collected some souvenirs and then it was time to party!! We stopped along the way and picked ourselves some Halloween costumes for a little fancy dress partying that night! Party bus was boarded and it was off to Fremont Street, Vegas sign and fountains at the Bellagio. We finished the night is Pure @ Caesars Palace. That was an experience of sorts =) The next day was ours to take in Vegas how we wanted. Some took in the sights from the roller coaster at New York New York while others walked for miles up and down the strip… Whatever you do in Vegas, enjoy every bit of it. It’s a fantastic place to visit and anything goes ;)
Next and final stop for us was Death Valley. Hottest place recorded. And man was it hot, even at that time of the year. As this was our last stop and with it being Halloween, pumpkins were gathered from Wal-Mart along with other goodies and we had ourselves a little Halloween party.
The above review is nothing compared to what I experienced on this trek. From 1st’s of flying alone, meeting strangers and even pumpkin carving. To the things I have seen and may never see again. The sing a longs to Tenacious D in our little van and the 4x4 challenges at In N Out Burger. This is one adventure I will never, ever forget.
What started out as some very nice people, which turned in to some great new friends.