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ContikiAnime Expo 99

Well, here's a day by day report on both my Contiki and AX trip(s)!! The photos are at the bottom of each page!

11th July 1999

Today was another day of driving, through the Mojave Desert, off to the Sierra Nevadas and Bass Lake.

It was another long driving day today, but passing through more beautiful scenery, and a fierce storm sweeping past the coach, off in the distance. There was so much lightning, but I didn't manage to catch any on camera. But it was spectacular to watch... I guess storms like this is what made the flooding around Vegas, just before we got there.

Leaving the desert behind, you suddenly are in the mountains, in another world. Instead of desert, cacti and brush around you, you're surrounded by tall, beautiful pine trees. Quite a change, especially for those who slept through the desert, and woke up in the mountains!

We got to Bass Lake, a little place in the mountains, in time to unpack at our chalets.

The rooms were the best on the tour - two stories (not including a little floor up a ladder), with a kitchenette, a living room, and downstairs a bedroom and a bathroom. It was good not to have cramped, small accomidation for a change!

The pool was quite nice, down by the side of a beautiful lake. By the time I got to the pool, there was not much to see, because it was a bit dark. But it was still fun! Then we headed off for dinner at the hotel.

We had a party in one of the other's chalets that night before retiring for the evening.

Day Eight
Day Ten

Here's a list of the images - select the link or the thumbnails (they have been cropped, so the largest images are shown in full) to view them!

Flooding in the area made for a beautiful reflection of a mountain in the distance.
Mojave Desert has so many more plants that I'd expected a desert to have.
Stormy weather - a thunder and lightning storm swept past the coach, over the desert.
The Sierra Nevadas - leaving the desert, you're suddenly in a world of green pine trees.

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