Mid of September 2004 Jayne and I flew with American
Airlines from Frankfurt/Germany via Chicago to San Francisco. There we
stayed for a few days with friends of Jayne (Thanks! to Rebecca and
Michael), we did some trips to the city and met more of Jayne's friends.
Then we rented a car at the airport drove to visit the Worldtrippers,
where we stayed another couple of days (Thanks! to Gail and Russell), we
visited more friends of Jayne, and collected some info for my
motorcycletrip in 2005.
Then we finally headed out for the wilderness,
via Tioga Pass to Yosemite
Nationalpark, and on to Lee Vining
and Bishop. There we visited some rock carvings, Mono Lake
and the Ghost Town Bodie, before we
took the Sonora Pass back towards the city. The flight back to Frankfurt
was via Dallas.
|The Best time to go to California depends on the
region. In summer there are still more than 25°C on a high of
2000m in the eastern parts of California. In San Francisco it always is
much cooler and often has fog, e.g. Ernest Hemingway said "My
coldest winter was a summer in San Francisco.". So, I would suggest
to go in late spring or fall.
One also has to consider, that the
passes Tioga and Sonora (both nearly 3000m high) are often closed
because of snow until mid of May, and again from mid/end of September.
That means that one has to drive long detours to the south or north to
cross the mountain line of the Sierra Nevada.
Guide book: Lonely Planet California
or Lonely Planet Southwest USA
The flight time is about 10 hours. If you don't have a direct flight,
you should make sure that you have at least 2 hours to catch your