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Old 01-24-2011, 03:43 AM
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Visiting the States from Australia.
We will be in LA on Saturday May 21st for 3 days then hiring a car and too look around for 3 weeks.
Thinking of checking out San Diego and seeing if I can go out for a fish on a charter there
is it worth fishing from there ?

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Old 01-24-2011, 03:57 AM
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Welcome and hope you have a great time. Sorry you guys are having so much trouble with the weather down there right now.
Been many years but the fishing use to be good. Lots of guys on here from that area and not sure where your going but Watsonville Ca is another great place to enjoy fishing. Great bottom fishing in that area.
Rest of the guys will be on today and tonight and can give you a line on what to do in Calif and where to go to get hooked up on the fishing.
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I'm in Perth(west coast) we have a drought and on the east coast they have major flooding go figure.
We will be going from L.A too San Diego then check out Grand Canyon then to Las Vegas then Yosmite National Park too San Francisco back too LA for a couple of days before heading home.
3weeks just wont be long enough so much to see and do, but would like to fish somewhere at least once.
Oh never been to the US before should be a good trip looking forward to it.
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Originally Posted by Dhuwest View Post
I'm in Perth(west coast) we have a drought and on the east coast they have major flooding go figure.
We will be going from L.A too San Diego then check out Grand Canyon then to Las Vegas then Yosmite National Park too San Francisco back too LA for a couple of days before heading home.
3weeks just wont be long enough so much to see and do, but would like to fish somewhere at least once.
Oh never been to the US before should be a good trip looking forward to it.
We met a couple in NYC a year or so ago from Down under. Their itenerary was much like yours except they also did Disney and of course NYC. I know you guys get longer vacations and the exchange rate is pretty favorable, but is it that easy to get off work for a month and take that kind of a vacation? Sorry about the derail but most Americans dont/cant vacation like that.
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Too bad it is winter as Yellowstone is a magnificent park.
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Originally Posted by appfan99 View Post
We met a couple in NYC a year or so ago from Down under. Their itenerary was much like yours except they also did Disney and of course NYC. I know you guys get longer vacations and the exchange rate is pretty favorable, but is it that easy to get off work for a month and take that kind of a vacation? Sorry about the derail but most Americans dont/cant vacation like that.
4 weeks holiday is standard here. Alot of companies also shut down for 10 days or so around christmas which doesnt count for alot of people. When i worked for other people i never had any issues in getting another 2 weeks leave with out pay.

My folks did the west coast drive thing 3 years ago. They raved about a place called Carmel which i think is on the coast in central cali.

I am looking at doing something similar in sept / oct. For fishing though i would be jumping on a plane and getting my but down to peurto vallarta in mexico. Check out alaskan airlines. Looks easy enough for a quick trip.
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I work for myself and it does work out expensive when you don't make money and spend it
at the same time, but I say I work to live NOT live to work.
I still will have another 2 weeks of later in the year to go up our north coast for a fishing trip.
We are going to check out Disney and Universal Studios not sure what else yet but wont be getting NYC
we will just have to do another trip next year.
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Any good tackle stores to check out in Ca ? I want to check out the Daiwa Seaborg Mega 1000
power assist reel and suitable rods.
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Make sure everyone in your party has a clean record.
U.S. Customs is turning visitors away in droves because of even minor convictions.
Check it out from your end.
http://canberra.usembassy.gov/arrests_convictions.html

"If you have any criminal record, no matter how minor or how long ago the offense, you may be refused a visa or entry to the United States. There may also be problems in traveling through U.S. airports. Under U.S. law, a pardon issued by another country is not recognized for purposes of entry into the United States. Even though you may have entered the United States without hindrance in the past, you may be denied entry at a future date based upon disclosure/discovery of your criminality.

Not all criminal convictions create an ineligibility to enter the U.S., but any past criminal record must be declared. Attempting to gain entry without declaring that you have been arrested could result in a permanent ineligibility and/or detention at a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) enforcement facility while a CBP officer determines your admissibility."
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Originally Posted by DoubleO7 View Post
Make sure everyone in your party has a clean record.
U.S. Customs is turning visitors away in droves because of even minor convictions.
Check it out from your end.
http://canberra.usembassy.gov/arrests_convictions.html

"If you have any criminal record, no matter how minor or how long ago the offense, you may be refused a visa or entry to the United States. There may also be problems in traveling through U.S. airports. Under U.S. law, a pardon issued by another country is not recognized for purposes of entry into the United States. Even though you may have entered the United States without hindrance in the past, you may be denied entry at a future date based upon disclosure/discovery of your criminality.

Not all criminal convictions create an ineligibility to enter the U.S., but any past criminal record must be declared. Attempting to gain entry without declaring that you have been arrested could result in a permanent ineligibility and/or detention at a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) enforcement facility while a CBP officer determines your admissibility."
HaHa that would be right we have to take all the illegal immigrants from YOUR war in Afghanistan and we could be the criminals
Maybe the boat people should be going to the US and see how Customs deal with them not us Australian tax payers having to pay and look after them
On another note if the US dosnt want tourist $$$ WTF did you send Opera here? what a lot of rubbish that was.
But you do make ok boats
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Originally Posted by Dhuwest View Post
HaHa that would be right we have to take all the illegal immigrants from YOUR war in Afghanistan and we could be the criminals
Maybe the boat people should be going to the US and see how Customs deal with them not us Australian tax payers having to pay and look after them
On another note if the US dosnt want tourist $$$ WTF did you send Opera here? what a lot of rubbish that was.
But you do make ok boats
I'd like to apologize for the Oprah thing..

Have fun on your visit. Can't help with the fishing thing, but the weather has been nicer on the west coast lately. May will be a very nice time weather wise.

When you venture north, check out Santa Barbara, and of course Napa Valley, and Redwood.

Three weeks is a good bit if time. You should be able to fit in Las Vegas, and the Hoover Dam as well.

Has Palm Springs shown up on your radar for the trip? It may be a bit like vanilla ice cream after Yosemite, but a very cool place none the less..

Have a look at this...

http://www.pstramway.com/
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You and your tourist dollars will be welcome! I hope you have a great time. We don't mind if you keep Oprah for a while though.
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Not sure what the scenery is like on the east coast of Australia but do a search for the Pacific Coast Highway. One of the most beautiful drives in the world. This would be a good option if the winter weather keeps you out of Yosemitte and the other parks.
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Hope you enjoy your trip to the states, especially California. They seem to need all the revenue they can get to support their local governments. Having taken several trips from the east coast to the California, one of the most interesting sights is the 17 mile magnificient drive which takes in Monterey, Pebble Beach and Carmel. Beautiful scenery on the coast line. ( At times you will think you are going to drive off the cliffs.)

Have fun.
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If you are in the Grand Canyon area consider continuing north to Page, Arizona. You can rent a power boat for a day or half day and take a cruise on Lake Powell. Very cool. Picture the Grand Canyon 2/3's full of water.
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Make sure you see the San Diego zoo. They have real Kangaroos and I think a Platypus.

Also, what am I missing about Afghanistan immigrants??? - I don't think I ever read about us taking any or many in and are there really enough Afghans with enough money to leave the place?

Enjoy your visit. I hope you guys have better beer than that Fosters stuff they sell over here. There are a few beer threads here with some ideas on the local beers......
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San Diego has two zoos. One is in town and the other is out of town. If you take in the one in town (over by Old San Diego) make sure you take in the museum of torture on the right side of the entrance to the zoo....it is a VERY humbling experience!!! And IMO it is worth every penny they want for admission.
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Originally Posted by LI Sound Grunt View Post
Make sure you see the San Diego zoo. They have real Kangaroos and I think a Platypus.
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Isn't that kind of like suggesting to a Texan to go look at the cows?
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
San Diego has two zoos. One is in town and the other is out of town. If you take in the one in town (over by Old San Diego) make sure you take in the museum of torture on the right side of the entrance to the zoo....it is a VERY humbling experience!!! And IMO it is worth every penny they want for admission.
BUT do they have KANGAROOS??????
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post


Isn't that kind of like suggesting to a Texan to go look at the cows?
and the oil wells.....

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