12.08.2015 - 12.08.2015 32 °C
A late start to the day for a change, which was great! We checked out and headed for Nerie's for lunch before taking the scenic route to the airport and dropping off the car, this one was still in one piece!
Our flight to the US was at 3.00pm, with a stopover at Dallas before flying into LA. Entry to the US was surprisingly painless and efficient. The immigration officer was the nicest one we'd met so far! We were through so quickly that the luggage wasn't unloaded yet so we grabbed dinner at 360 Grill, a mexican takeout like Zambrero. The airport at Dallas is massive and the terminal our next flight was leaving from was miles away - lucky there was a good shuttle to get there.
Our flight to LA almost didn't leave as there was some sort of altercation between one of the hostesses and a passenger, to the point that the hostie was going to leave the plane unless the passenger got off - eventually the passenger did leave and we all breathed a sigh of relief that the plane would now depart.
The LA airport was nowhere near as efficient with the luggage but finally our bags reached the carousel and we took the shuttle to the rental car depo. The assistant upsold us from the practical Corolla to the impractical but fun all American muscle car, a Chevrolet Camaro. At $10 extra per day, the shiny black brand new coupe was hard to resist! Why not have a bit of fun, we had a lot of kms to cover on the west coast and it would be nice to have a car with some grunt. With the extra $$ handed over it was time to put the luggage in the boot - quite the Tetris challenge! First we spent 10mins trying to work out where the boot release button even was, then we had to push and pull until both bags were in - lucky they weren't hard cases and had a bit of give.
The airport was some way from downtown LA and we didn't get to the hotel until about 1am, so definitely ready for sleep after a long day of flying.