Friday, June 18, 2010

Like a Roller Coaster Without the Safety Features

After we finished looking around on top of the mountain, we still had to do the 30-minute bus ride back down. Luckily the second bus driver had less of a death wish than the one we had on the way up, but still, this is pretty much what it looked like. Narrow roads, lots of switchbacks, and of course the obligatory cliffside drop-offs.

See over on the left, under the rearview mirror? That's where the switchback on the road led to, so now you can tell how much of a hairpin turn that was. My least favorite part: whenever they went around one of those corners (and a lot of other places) the bus driver honked the extraordinarily loud horn. A lot.

See the looks of terror on our faces? Those are terrified smiles. Really.

Bennet's favorite part of the day: getting off the bus and discovering that we were each still in one piece.


Thoughts by B and M said...

I think that was all our favorite parts of the day - we made it up and down the mountain ALIVE!

Amber said...

OMG, I feel drunk, lol! Is it just me or are the pics all blurry?;) Looks like you guys had so much fun, I'm jealous!!!

Lee Stanford said...

Note the 5th picture down, or 5th picture up...which ever you like...

That diagonal line is the guardrail looking straight down from our window in the bus. It's a shear drop on the other side. That's how it was a majority of the way up and down.

Yes, the photos are all blurred. We were moving surprisingly fast in the bus.

CCsMom said...

Wow, that looks like a "wet your pants" ride. Hey Lee, you ought to be used to those in your line of work! It's a Disney "E" ticket ride, let me tell you! Wow. I was expecting that on the Pacific Coast Highway, but it was TAME compared to this! Just think of those bus drivers like mountain goats in the Himalayas or pack mules in the Grand Canyon -- I believe that must be in their DNA to navigate those roads. What a trip!!! Love ya!!! Mom