September 2019
  • Day28

    Joshua Tree

    October 1, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    We arrived at Joshua Tree yesterday afternoon around 1630 and set up camp as soon as we could, so that we could catch the sunset before Theo going to bed. As soon as I stepped out of the car at Jumbo Rocks Campground, I immediately fell in love. It was like one gigantic playground where you could climb and look out and see all the different desert plants. It exceeded my every expectation.

    And the sunset was AMAZING. Photos simply don’t do it justice. It was a rainbow sunset with such vibrant blues and pinks and green. It’s the mot breathtaking sunset I’ve ever seen in my life.

    Theo enjoyed climbing up the rocks and playing with his toy car, collecting little stones he could find on the ground while Chris set up our tent. Theo went to sleep really easily and Chris and I were able to enjoy a quiet final night of camping. We drank tea and gazed at the stars... all of them were so vibrant and clear. The Milky Way was more visible here then at any other place we camped at. We talked about our future plans and how happy we are with our lives and where we’re going together. It was a really lovely way to say goodbye to summer.

    We’re now in LA, our final stop before flying to Germany. We have a lot to organize, because we need to return a lot of camping gear as well as organize our luggage again. Traveling with kids requires so much extra luggage, my goodness!

    BUT.. we still have one day to enjoy California tomorrow. I’m sure that we’ll find some things to love amongst all of our traveling responsibilities. Such is the way of our family life. Always busy, but so much to enjoy in the chaos.
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  • Day27

    Lake Havasu city

    September 30, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    We stayed 1 night at Lake Havasu, which seems to be a mix of beautiful palm trees and desert mountains. It’s a clear lake, with very few people (at this time of year). Our campsite was a few meters away from the water and one of the first things we did, was jump in to escape the heat. Theo loved it! It was the first thing he demanded when he woke up this morning - “Theo Wasser!”

    Before we left this morning, we stopped in the little town, ate some tacos and then continued onto Joshua Tree. We will spend one night here before we go to LA, our final stop before flying back to Germany.
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  • Day26

    Phoenix, Arizona

    September 29, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Our first and only full day in Phoenix was really wonderful. It’s a relatively large city, but not densely populated. It almost feels as if there aren’t enough people here, given how big the infrastructure is. It makes Phoenix feel either relaxed (in comparison to busy Vegas or LA) or... maybe a little bit like a ghost town?

    We woke up early, packed sandwiches for lunch and went to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, which is basically one big playground for kids. It was VERY impressive though, and super relaxed for all the parents since the kids are allowed to play with and touch everything so you don’t really need to monitor their every move. Theo totally loved it and fell asleep super fast once we got him back in the car.

    After Theo’s nap, we had a look at some shops and then drove to Popago Park. There, we ate watermelon on top of the highest rock and watched the sunset. It was such a lovely moment to share as a family (like many moments we’ve had on this road trip).

    It’s strange thinking this trip is coming to an end soon, but we’re certainly trying our best to enjoy as much as we can 😊
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  • Day24

    Camping at Flagstaff

    September 27, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    When we left Vegas, our plan was to either go towards Utah or skip Utah and head straight to Phoenix (Arizona). Unfortunately, time didn’t allow for Utah, so we left Vegas and headed to Flagstaff, which is a midway point on the way to Phoenix.

    The decision to stay in Flagstaff for the night was relatively spontaneous, so we didn’t know much about the place and didn’t have any campsites booked. Luckily for us, we were able to get a campsite last minute (our first choice was completely full), and enjoyed a quiet night alone, eating s’mores and sitting by the fire.

    Much to our delight, Flagstaff actually has a lot of little nature things to offer! We decided on Wet Beaver Creek (A+ for the name) because it was on the way to Phoenix and people had recommended it for families.

    Wet Beaver Creek was the best decision! We had no real expectations, but the little creek was the perfect stop for a quick swim before continuing our drive. We all really enjoyed it and it was such a petty spot to relax :)
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  • Day24

    Las Vegas

    September 27, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Today we leave Vegas for Flagstaff, which is our half way point to Arizona.

    Vegas isn’t exactly child-friendly and there really don’t seem to be any obvious family-friendly things to do, but we managed to still do a few things here and there that were enjoyable.

    Yesterday we had breakfast at a place called Stacks and Yolks, where you can customize your own gigantic stacks of pancakes, and we also went to see the Neon Lights Museum. The museum would’ve been better at night so we could see the lights properly, but we already had evening plans... a wedding! Not ours, but friends of ours who know Chris from Celle.

    The wedding was actually pretty cute/fun and not super trashy like some people might think. I think having everyone there together is what made it sweet. And now we all the Celle people will part ways and will likely not see each other again until we return to Germany.
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  • Day22

    Big Bear Lake

    September 25, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We left San Diego and headed towards Big Bear Lake where we would stay for the night so that we didn’t have to the big drive to Vegas in one sitting. Theo can handle up to 3 hours in the car, but anything more than that is a bit exhausting/boring for him.

    Big Bear lake is an area that’s popular for snow sports and if you look on google maps, you can see that the lake is up in the mountains and is roughly the shape of a bear. When we arrived at our cabin, I had an instant liking to it as it reminded me a bit of Yosemite and Lake Tahoe.

    Felix and Anja (our friends traveling in the camper-van) met us there and we enjoyed an evening bbq together. We only stayed one night and left for Vegas this morning.

    On the way to Vegas we stopped by Seven Magic Mountains, which is a very colorful art installation in the middle of the desert. It’s so strange to see so many colors amongst the desert background, but it was really nice to see and take photos of.

    We’re now safely in Vegas, Theo is sleeping and Chris is trying to find us some dinner. Tomorrow we celebrate the very spontaneous Vegas wedding of our friends. Unfortunately only Chris will be able to attend, because I’ll have to stay with Theo for the night. It’s still so exciting that our friends are marrying in Vegas though!
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  • Day20

    San Diego pt2

    September 23, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Chris and I decided to stay one extra night in San Diego to make things easier on Theo, because driving long distances so often isn’t fun for him.

    We decided to stay in the Ocean Beach area, because it was the most convenient. With our final day in San Diego together, we had Hodads for a late breakfast and we visited Balboa Park, which is a huuuuge Park that connects to San Diego zoo. We were able to walk around the area pretty easily and the weather wasn’t too hot for Theo either. The Spanish village area of the park was really pretty and colorful, and it was nice to see something new that Chris has also never seen.Read more

  • Day17

    San Diego/Chris' 30th bday

    September 20, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    We left LA as soon as we could in order to avoid Friday traffic on the way to San Diego. The drive was okay and we were happy to arrive at our Airbnb at a reasonable time. We stayed at a big Airbnb big enough to fit 12 people, but in the end there were only 10 people who stayed. Two of chris’ other friends stayed with us too, but slept in their camper van outside.

    The Ocean Beach area is just like many of the other beachside towns, but with a lot more craft beer bars. There are a lot of homeless people that stay around the beach area, so it’s not necessarily the prettiest place, but it’s not ugly either. I feel like I would need to stay here longer to get a real feel for Chris’ love for this place. Unfortunately we never have enough time!

    On the 22nd we of course celebrated Chris’ 30th bday. Everyone slept in (except me and Theo 😅) and once everyone was ready, we started the day. First Chris opened all his gifts (thank you to everyone 💕) and then we started with the birthday festivities. We organized a funny costume for Chris and I had prepared some Schlag den Raab style games to bring out chris’ competitive nature. We enjoyed a bbq together and in the evening, Chris and his friends started a craft beer tour of Ocean Beach that I had also organized. Lots of photo tasks using disposable cameras📸 the photos won’t be developed until after we arrive back in Germany, but I’m sure they’re equally as hilarious as the rest of the day was.
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  • Day15

    Los Angeles

    September 18, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Finally, an update! We’ve been really busy since being in LA. We’re now in Las Vegas and Judith and Lisa are on their way back to Germany.

    Our time in LA was short in comparison to the size of the city. I can’t believe it can easily take 1 hour just to get from one end of the city to the other. Totally too big for our little family, because driving long distances just to see 1 place is such a waste of time.

    We stayed at an Airbnb within walking distance of Venice Beach. Tbh, I can’t really remember everything that we did, but here’s some of the highlights:

    - having breakfast (eggslut) by the beach with Lisa
    - getting crazy sweet donuts from Donut Friend in the city
    - eating Papi’e Tacos. SOOOOOO GOOOOOOD.
    - a brief walk around Abbot Kinney (wish I had more time to explore this area!)
    - playing arcade games at night while Judith babysit for us
    - catching the sunset at the pier
    - walking around the Venice Canals with all the pretty houses
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