West Coast Road Trip: Highlights

With travel restrictions easing after COVID-19, we went on a long-overdue honeymoon road trip to the western United States. Here's some of the highlights.

San Francisco

Colourful sea lion sculptures at fisherman's wharf.

Sea lion sculptures

Less colourful sea lions hanging out at fisherman's wharf.

Sea lions

Arriving at Alcatraz Island.


The Transamerica Pyramid, built in 1972.

The Transamerica Pyramid

The struggle to be called Matt is real.

Starbucks order for Max

The Golden Gate Bridge.

The Golden Gate Bridge

To Lucasfilm Headquarters we went.

Yoda statue


No picture can do El Capitan justice, but I tried...

El Capitan

Out for a walk in the woods 😄

A walk in the woods

The wildlife in Yosemite was spectacular. This is a Mule Deer.

A walk in the woods

Monterey and Route One

Watching humpback whales in Monterey Bay was an unforgettable experience.

Humpback whales

State Route 1 was such a spectacular drive! This is Rocky Creek Bridge.

Rocky Creek Bridge

Elephant seals near Piedras Biancas.

Rocky Creek Bridge

Chef's feeling a bit overworked...

Skull with chef's hat

Los Angeles

Obligatory selfie at the Hollywood Sign 😄


Out on the backlot at Warner Bros. studios.

Warner Bros.

Here's looking at you kid.

Humphrey Bogart's costume from Casablanca

Couldn't pass up the opportunity to get my space on. This is Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Space Shuttle Endeavour

Galaxy's Edge at Disneyland was very cool.

Millenium Falcon

Leaving California

The Hideaway provided some welcome respite after the hubub of L.A.

The Hideaway, Palm Springs

The landscape after L.A. was just incredible. This is Joshua Tree National Park.

Joshua Tree

Calico Ghost Town, a former silver mining town.


Nevada and Arizona

Peak Instagram-vs-reality...

Welcome to Las Vegas sign

The infamous fountains at the Bellagio. Too bad I didn't get a better photo 😅

Bellagio fountains

The Grand Canyon at dawn was magical (as well as freezing).

The Grand Canyon

Oh no! We forgot our crampons! 😱

Ice safety sign

Meteor Crater (aka Barringer Crater) on our way to Phoenix. (Click for an enlarged version.)

Meteor Crater