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Fun from Seattle to Los Angeles! – American Voyageur

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Hello! Time flies when you’re having fun, and now it’s time to recap all we’ve been up to as we set sail on our cruise!

Our first stop after Canada was Seattle! While there, we went to Pike Place Market, where we saw the world-famous throwing of the fish and the gum wall. Many of us chose to join in the gum wall by adding our chewed gum to it!

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From Seattle, we flew to beautiful San Francisco. Once checked in, we took the famous San Francisco cable cars up to Chinatown for dinner. The next day, we took a windy ferry ride over to Alcatraz, where we saw the cells of infamous criminals, before heading to Oakland for the baseball game against the Cleveland Indians. We cheered on the Oakland A’s as they ended up winning the game on a walk-off in the 9th inning! On our last day in San Francisco, we went to the Golden Gate Bridge and walked to the halfway point and back. The city is known for its fog, but we were thrilled that there was no fog on our walk across the bridge! After the bridge, we made our way to Sausalito where everyone went on a scavenger hunt through the town!

We left San Francisco and made our way to our campsite in Lake Tahoe. We had a spectacular day on the beach, which we spent waterskiing, tubing, wakeboarding, and relaxing! The weather was just right for the day, and in the evening, we took a boat cruise with a 360-degree view of the mountains!

After Lake Tahoe, it was time to kick off our five days at the UCLA dorms! We spent our first evening having a dinner in view of the Hollywood sign and walking around the Walk of Fame. The next day, we headed to Universal Studios where we started our day with a studio tour of several sets seen in some of our favorite movies. Following that, the rest of the day was spent hopping from ride to ride, and the Harry Potter fans enjoyed some butterbeer from Hogwarts. Our day at Universal Studios ended with an evening walking around CityWalk, and a music-filled dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe.

The following day, we started with an eye opening visit to the Museum of Tolerance, which educates individuals about the issues going on in the world. We had lunch at the Farmer’s Market and then made our way to Rodeo Drive, where we played a game called celebrity, in which one of our trip members pretended to be one as we walked along the street. We all scattered along Rodeo Drive and, as ‘Mikey Smith’ strutted by, we screamed and chased after him. People on the street gathered just to take pictures with ‘Mikey Smith…’ even tour buses stopped! Rolex closed down the store and brought ‘Mikey’ to the store’s VIP section! We didn’t even have to celebrity hunt because we had our very own! At night, we had dinner and saw a comedy show at the Improv Comedy Club, where we all laughed until we cried!

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On Saturday, we volunteered at the L.A. Food Bank. We ended up sorting through 10,000 pounds of food, which is about 8,000 meals for those in the L.A. community. After our morning of giving back, we continued the fun at Disneyland!   The happiest place on earth lived up to our expectations, and we saw Mickey and Minnie Mouse, rode the rides, watched the fireworks at night, and a couple of our trip members even saw a couple get engaged!

On our last day in the City of Angels, we went to Venice Beach, Third Street Promenade, and the Santa Monica Pier. At Venice Beach, we walked the boardwalk and watched the USA and China basketball team play each other for a charity event! While we were at Third Street Promenade, we had our first ‘real’ celebrity encounter, Shaquille O’Neal!! We got some pictures, and our night ended with a ride on the Ferris wheel at the Santa Monica Pier!

Los Angeles was one for the books, and we can’t wait to see what the cruise brings!

Bon Voyage!

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