United States

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  • Day11

    Yay the children's museum dinosaurs animals mammals sketching and much much much much more! Hi guys and today we're at the museum and we looked around played around and it was awesome and amazing stuff why do Americans have better stuff than us maybe it's because it's a bigger country I don't know!no one knows!!!when we finished we saw the Rv it was huge on the outside but when you went inside it was quite small and cramped I mean we could extend it by a pop-out it's awesome right?anyway where on the road and having fun after a while we got bored like really bored then we parked at the tractor pull ad now it's 9:32 PM very late probably about 1:35 PM very early in the afternoon but very late at America oh jimmy if you want to know the time difference it's 8 hours later in nz ok I'm tired I might just leave you here I hope you guys enjoyed and ill see you later bbbyyyyeeeee!!!!!!Read more

  • Day10

    Hello blog entry number 2 we just went past the border and now where in Indianapolis and where now in the Indianapolis state fair I had a fair time (pun intended laugh lol)we looked at a lemonade store and we looked at a 64 ounce or a 100 ounce jumbo size I wanted the 100 ounce one but dad got the 64 ounce one yeah I'm (remember to slow talk)not sure how much s ounce is but mr Crowe please don't make us do math for that thx oh I almost forgot we went to the brick yard and surprisingly the track is about 2miles long plz no math mr Crowe plz no!and we went to the brick line and guess what we had to kiss the bricks I KNOW RIGHT (logic intensifies)it's stupid Ligit stupid you could get sick or get cancer we'll probably not but its still bad for you and I touched a a hog and it was the worlds largest hog ever no one would believe it but it was true anyway it's so late I should go to bed now so I hope you guys enjoyed and ill see you later bye!!!Read more

  • Day108

    We woke up this morning to a lot of wind and it was so cloudy that I thought it would be before 6 but it was already 6:30. So I crawled out of the cosiness of sleeping bag and tent and into the chilly wind to prepare breakfast while Julia tore down the tent. A few minutes after we started hiking, it started to rain. First just a little bit but as we came up Mt Cube it started getting heavier and the so did the wind. By the time we reached the summit - after another false one - we were freezing. And of course there was nothing worth to be called a view...
    Anyways, we were glad to have mastered this mountain and after arriving at the bottom on the other side a SOBO told us about "The Omelette guy". We've already heard of him but didn't expect that he would be there by the time we come by. But he was there and he's actually there every day from around 8 to 8. An incredibly interesting man who does that for us hikers, I just wanted to hug him when we arrived there. After this cold morning it was a pleasure to be in a dry spot with hot coffee, tasty muffins and the smell of the omelette. When it was our turn we went "All the way" and 20 eggs together. The record is 30 eggs for one person. Our portion was just right and so we had enough energy to make it to Glencliffe and the Hikers Welcome Hostel.
    There we spent the evening in the warmth, having dinner and just relaxing a bit. For the night we went back to the trailhead and camped on a gravel road near the trail.
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  • Day18

    Two days ago we were supposed to be heading into Sequioa Park for two nights. While stopping for lunch in Visalia, CA I noticed a road restriction on a section of the road within the park that we needed to use in order to reach our campground. No vehicles longer than 22' were allowed to use that stretch of road. The only other access route would have meant a very long drive along another narrow, winding road.

    So, instead we chose to camp at a couple of different places on the route to our next destination, Malibu. First stop was was Castaic Lake, just off the I-5 North of LA. The town has a nice beach on a man made lake. We walked there just before dark. Our campground was a bit noisy but was very clean and an enjoyable place to stay.

    Our next stop was Ventura, on the coast and only about an hour away. On arrival we had a few hours to spend before we could check in at the campground so we visited a shopping Center. The kids all found a few items for the fall. We did a grocery shop at Target, also in the mall, and then drove a short distance to check in at the campground. More a luxury, RV park with big rigs and paved sites throughout but convenient for us.

    Soon after setting up, we all headed into town. The boys went on their own. We did a long walking tour through the quaint downtown area with its many shops and restaurants, then down to the waterfront and onto the longest wooded pier in California and all along the beach to Surfers Point back to the RV Park.

    After dinner we rented four cruiser bikes and pedalled along the promenade and bike path back into town and the beaches. Aaron skated. Those cruisers look great, but they are heavy and with no gears were no easy pedal where there was a head wind or a an uphill stretch. We all got a good workout. Jaden got an even better one when he pulled his brother on his skateboard!
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  • Day15

    Arrived at our campsite about 25 miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park in time for dinner yesterday. It was about 4 hrs of driving but we also stopped en route at Cunningham Skate park so that Aaron could skate in the largest skatepark in California.

    Today we caught a YART bus from the KOA to the Visitor Centre in Yosemite. Although only about 25 miles it took close to 1 1/2 hrs to get there. After viewing the exhibits and a short video we went on a short hike to the base of Lower Yosemite Falls for lunch.

    From there we hopped on a park shuttle and got off at the trailhead to Mirror Lake. We hiked up there and then back to catch another park shuttle to El Capitan. We stayed on the bus but were able to see the huge rock face.

    We ended our visit with a drink and snack before boarding the bus back to the KOA.
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  • Day11

    Did three more caves today including a half-miler that was ranger-led. The lava tubes of this park are youngsters compared to Carlsbad and the big boys but their story is still fascinating. Syrupy (versus oatmealy) lava that shoots downhill melting subsurface channels as it flows.

    We also learned that 16 bat species live here at various times of the year. The park is taking measures to protect them from a deadly fungus that has decimated Eastern populations. Hopefully, they are being agressive enough.

    Had mobs of solar eclipse people camping here last night en route to Oregon, crazy! Emptied out today. Glad we're out of the madness.
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  • Day81

    Down from 10,000' to 5,000' and the climate change is dramatic it's in the 90's F today at Boyd Lake State Park. Good campground by a lake with sandy beaches and views of the mountains. All sorts of RVs here Friday from coaches, like ours, to fifth wheels, trailers and tents. Cycle round the lake was amazing. Americans know how to do beach, gazebos, barbecues, ball games, inflatables, power boats and jet skis. Lots of geese, gulls, egrets , herons and even saw a white pelican.Read more

  • Day4

    Today didn't start great, so just to prove how thin the walls are in this hotel I got woken up at 5am by the Spanish couple next door having very noisy sex, this was even though I had ear plugs in!?! I wasn't impressed, with the fact it woke me up and that it went on for 40 minutes!!! Really didn't help the jet lag. After a lovely warm shower, which by the way was in a bath with a shower curtain, not seen one of those in a long time! The shower curtain felt like the curtain around a hospital bed. I was drying my hair and realised that in my rush I had packed my UK hair straighteners and not my US hair straighteners... surprise surprise they wouldn't work 😔 I apologise for the photos in advance, humidity plus my hair!?! Not good.

    Today was a really busy sightseeing, cultural and US history day. We left our hotel & headed to the public gardens, saw some lovely bits, the Make Way for the Ducklings sculpture, then meandered through the Boston Common, saw the Frog Pond, then we followed the Freedom Trail, saw the tombstones of Ben Franklin and John Hancock, the Boston Globe office building, had a pip stop at Beantown Pub which was a coffee bar/bar. We then followed the Freedom Trail to Quincy market, Faneuil Hall Market including the Great Hall, the Old State House where the Boston Massacre happened, before ending up at the beautiful harbour front. It was so nice just watching the world go by, seeing all the expensive boats and enjoying the sun.

    After a break we then went on the subway, (yes we used the Boston subway!) it was really busy as the Red Sox were playing the Yankees at home, I checked after and they won. At one point on the subway it was like the Valley of the arm pit, I'm really not at a good height level!?! We did x2 connections on the subway before we ended up at the Museum Of Fine Art. Now I'm not going to pretend to be an expert on art but there were some amazing pieces, the place is HUGE! My personal favourite is Monet. We didn't even manage to see it all, there were 3 floors including a real good mix.

    After the subway and all the walking we headed to the hotel via taxi, went back to our respective rooms to chill before meeting in the hotel lobby for cocktails in the 'library', followed by dinner in the hotel restaurant/bar. When I got back to my room after the day they hadn't replaced my used coffee cups or creamer/stirer kit, this hotel really doesn't like me! 😜

    The day ended on a high, I got coffee cups, loads of packets of creamer/stirrers and a pair of pink mini travel US straightening irons, I'm easily pleased. 😀

    Another action packed day tomorrow, Cheers Bar, Salem and the eclipse!

    Love & hugs
    x
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  • Day2

    I got up and went directly on the highway towards northwest. After 2,5 hours I came into the area of the White Mountains National Forest and there I met Jonas and Julia. Joni is a friend from home and Julia his mexican girlfriend. The baggage which I brought was for them and the sister of Julia lives in Wrentham. They are hiking on the Appalachian Trail (AT) since May this year and I was very happy to join them for one day. The AT is the longest hiker only trail in the world ranging from Georgia to Maine on the East coast and crossing 14 states. was the first time I met Julia, so we got to know each other and then we already started on the trail. As we were in a mountain area we had to get on a peak of course: the Mount Moosilauke (nobody knows how to pronounce it). The path was quite steep and slippery as it has rained the day before but we were fast and arrived at the peak (ca. 1400m high) after around 2 hours. The weather was ok, a little bit cloudy but warm. At the top there was fog first but then it got better. We ate something and went down on the other side of the mountain. At the bottom was a hiker hostel behind which we grilled some sausages for Hot Dogs and drank some beers for dinner. Afterwards it was already dark and we hiked to the next shelter which was a mile away. We crawled into the sleeping bags and slept.Read more

  • Day109

    We knew we would have time in the morning until Fabi will arrive so we tried to sleep in until 7 but our inner clock woke us up at the usual time around 6. I've went ahead to the Hikers Welcome Hostel to prepare breakfast and check on the shuttle to the trailhead after Mt Moosilauke.
    There was a breakfast available at the hostel, for just 5$ with pancakes and bacon and eggs but we had so much left that it didn't make sense to buy it. As we were still hungry afterwards, I've checked the platters and got some free pancakes :) We've also resupplied our bodies with coffee. So after another hour Fabi arrived with the rental car to join us until tomorrow. He is a friend from my home area who is in the US mainly for business reasons but also has some recreational time. We got shuttled by "Bag of Tricks" and started to hike up the mountain.
    The first part of it was pretty intense with steep climbs and wet rocks. But it was still nice not to have to lift the whole weight of the backpack up every boulder and we've reached the foggy summit a bit later. Just as we wanted to sit down for lunch it started to clear and we got a beautiful views all over the surrounding area. The way down was pretty easy and chill so we arrived back at the hostel at around 6 and had enough time for a relaxed beer :)
    Then we had some great grilled hot dogs for dinner, a proper meal for hikers. Before it got too late, we headed to the Shelter to set up our camp for the night. Fabi slept in the Shelter while we stayed in our tent. This long day came to an end after we sat around the fireplace, had nice conversations and drank our beers. It was a great day on - and of course off - the trail.
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