To travel from Yosemite to San Diego is quite a faff. First there is a local bus to the Merced station (45 min, $7). Then I took Amtrak connections ($52) – first a train to Bakersfield (3.5 hrs), then a bus to Los Angeles (2.5 hrs), then another train to San Diego (1.5 hrs).
I arrived at 11.30pm and checked in to the HI Hostel.
The next day I had an appointment at the USMC Recruit Depot! This was actually a few weeks in the making and nearly didn’t come off. But there have to be some perks for being in the army. I will do an article for the Army News so this will be quite brief, and I haven’t included some of the better photos. Intellectual property, you know.
First stop – a squad bay.
Next stop – the rapelling tower
Next stop – a PFT.
Next stop – a graduation parade. It was very moto.
Next stop – chow hall.
Next stop – a drill lesson.
Next stop – outside a squad bay, because I was supposed to listen to a ‘guided discussion’, but they had already done it that morning when they had extra time – thus giving time for MORE DRILL.
Last stop – the obstacle course.