Sunday, February 2, 2014
I have not posted anything in the longest of time. I do not know what happened to me, except perhaps I ran into a "do nothing" doldrum. I'm making an effort to get out of this doldrum. I have done quite a few travels last year but I have been too lazy to post them. In fact, I just realized that I am not even done posting the river cruise that I did in 2012! I'll complete that sooner or later. If I know myself as well as I do, probably later.
Last year, my wife and some friends planned another long road trip. This time covering Vegas, some interesting sites in Utah, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, Mt. Rushmore and wherever else we feel like visiting on the go. I came up with the "bright idea" of just joining an organized tour run by an asian company which covered most of these places. The cost was dirt cheap compared to doing it ourselves or signing up with western operated companies like Caravan, Cosmos, etc. They said no way because it was so cheap it is probably not good and worse, not safe. I told them I'll go solo on one of the shorter trips and find out if asian tour companies are what they suspected they are. I booked myself for a short 3 day 2 night test trip to San Francisco, Monterey and Yosemite National Park, even though I have been to these places many times in the past.
The tour was OK. The tour group I was with were made up of mostly youngist tourists from Singapore, Taiwan, China, Hongkong, a few US and Canadian based asians and a trio of young girls from Europe and a guy from England. The cost is up a bit now to $120/ person, double occupancy. A third person in the same room is free. Single traveler pays a supplement. The hotels are very good but they are often located outside of the city. I am not sure if the company is running a charity or a business but I am not complaining.