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Merced County

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  • Day19

    Yosemite National Park

    April 17, 2017 in the United States

    So today we donned our warm weather gear to head three hours inland East to Yosemite National Park. 🚌

    5 am start to be ready to hit the road. No idea what to expect but looking at weather we thought we were in with a chance to see some snow!

    It didn't disappoint but seeing was as close as we got! No touching :) ❄️❄️❄️

    We stopped off at a safe way (American equivalent of woolworths) for some snacks for the bus ride! Safeway has everything known to mankind inside.

    Toilets (how cool would that have been raising toddlers and having toilets actually inside the supermarket instead of abandoning your half filled trolley to make an emergency dash to the loo's before aisle threw becomes the loo)

    Starbucks! Yep inside Safeway to !! ⭐️⭐️ caffeine hit!

    There's a whole aisle for beer and wine .... though too early for me to shop this aisle today.

    So we tried to stock up on different alternatives to what we would see and eat in Australia and then carried our goodies in a big brown paper bag (just like the movies) to the bus! Now we didn't know what food would be in the park so we shopped big! Much to everyone's entertainment on the bus....

    The scenery to Yosemite was a mixture of beautiful .... very green and spacious farming land. Combined with the odd trailer park and industrial enterprises.

    82% of the worlds almonds came from the area we drove through today.

    Yosemite was a mixture of huge slate and granite rocks, trees, grass. Waterfalls and rivers. They have had a record year for rainfall.

    We stopped at Tunnel View initially (instagram point) then on to Bridal falls where we could stand so close to the cascading waterfalls. Water spraying on your face ... and then the rain....

    We drove past El Capitan which was a monster of a mountain.

    The park is inhabited by bears, mountain lions, squirrels and an array of birds of prey. Sadly we didn't see any bears or lions !!!

    We had two hours in the heart of the valley where glaciers had made their way through some thousands or millions of years ago... I can't remember exactly ... I think I nodded off in that bit! The lodge sat at the base of Yosemite falls, a massive waterfall.

    Most people opted for lunch in the cafe and a leisurely stroll. Chad and I opted for the more vigorous and challenging high valley walk up the mountain to make the most of the views over the valley. 10 metres yes Metres into the steep incline ... my current lack of conditioning made me wonder if I perhaps should have joined the coffee club crew instead..... but it's a mind over matter thing. So up I went with Ironman himself.

    Speaking of peak physical fitness our tour guide today is an ultra marathon runner..... completed 100km last weekend and looking to do a 100 miler in the next few weeks 😬😳

    We trekked upwards for about 45 minutes (1 mile- 1.6km) to be rewarded with walking through a small waterfall and the spectacular views below. It was breath taking to be above the clouds and at eye level with the snow capped mountains around us!

    Air legger chad gave me some tips on climbing down so as not to slide the 1 mile down on my behind in my soggy converse shoes. And was impressed my height challenged legs managed to keep with him. Not to mention we did not need to legitimately call 911 for heart failure.

    A couple of beauty shots on our way out of the park before more snoozing on the bus on our way back!

    Another completely different view point today and amazing sites to be seen. Plus the coach driver took us via a truck stop with beer for the drive home.
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  • Day32

    Vom Flugzeugmuseum zum Sequoia NP

    June 22, 2017 in the United States

    Nach dem gestrigen kurzen Vorgeschmack auf das Castle Air Museum freuen wir uns schon auf den ersten coolen Programmpunkt heute! Um 10:00 Uhr kanns los gehen! Bis dahin sind auch alle Campi Notwendigkeiten wieder erledigt und die Anfahrt von ca. 2 Minuten ist zur großen Freude aller schnell geschafft! Phu - es ist schon wieder super heiß aber wir stapfen tapfer 2 Stunden lang durchs Freiluftmuseum.
    Die dort ausgestellten Flugzeuge sind richtige Geschichtsbücher... viele davon waren im WWII und in Vietnam im Einsatz, so manch neueres Modell hat auch den Irak Krieg gesehen. Dazwischen dann noch ein paar Spionageflugzeuge aus der Zeit des kalten Krieges, ein B52 Bomber und eine Maschine der Präsidentenflotte (Stab von Präsident Ford... bis W. Bush).
    Das Museum war richtig spannend, aber Tabea ist eingeschlafen und somit nützten wir die Zeit zum weiterfahren... Yosemite haben wir gestrichen, das funktioniert so nicht, kein Campi-Stellplatz bei dem Besucherandrang und eigentlich ja auch kein Wanderwetter sondern viel zu heiß... also auf zum Sequoia NP, dort gibts jede Menge Schatten spendende Riesen-Sequoia-Bäume und bestimmt auch ein feines Plätzchen für die Nacht. Die Anfahrt ist eine laaaange Bergstraße und es ist wieder brütend heiß, schon wieder über 40 Grad... die Klimaanlage ist auch schon zum Fön geworden 😨. Die Campingplätze im Sequoia sind zwar auch ausgebucht, aber es gibt jede Menge Alternativen also suchen wir uns wider einen "wilden Campingplatz"... Wir haben in unserem RV ja alles dabei hat der Ranger bei der Info schon gemeint 😉.
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  • Day2

    Day 3

    January 23, 2017 in the United States

    Today we went to Tyler and Mical's office! It was "take a friend with you to work day"! It was fun to see and experience their daily tasks and to meet those that they work with. Super nice and very friendly people! We felt very welcome. They all eat lunch together sitting on the porch by large mats on the floor. After a relaxing break back at their house we went to class with them where they teach English. Mical is a natural and definitely in her element. The students all had such a desire to be there and learn. Jill and I passed on going out for dinner and instead had a bag of Bugles and Diet Coke!Read more

  • Day36

    Atwater, California

    October 3, 2014 in the United States

    Ce matin réveille de bonne heure au milieu de camions et ... beaucoup de bruit (ma fois, on n'a pas toujours le droit de dormir sur le parking d'un centre commercial). On roule jusqu'à Atwater, petit village dans lequel on s'arret faire des courses à notre magasin préféré "Walmart". On y passera sûrement la nuit. Demain, seulement 1h30 nous sépare du Yosemite National Park, ça sera donc notre prochaine étape !

    P.S nous sommes en Californie depuis quelques jours déjà et nous avons pu voir beaucoup de paysages différents. Aujourd'hui on a eu le droit à la savane eheh !

    This morning the noisy sound of trucks made us wake up earlier than usual (unfortunately, we aren't always allowed to sleep on malls parking). We drove towards Altwater, small town were we did some shopping in our fav' shop "Walmart". We'll probably sleep here as well. We are only 1h30 away from Yosemite National Park, so it will be our next stop :)

    P.S we've been in Cali for a few days now and we were able to see a lot of different landscapes but today we had the chance to see the savanna eheh (just without lions and zebras)
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  • Day5

    Merced, United States

    October 22, 2016 in the United States

    Saímos cedo de Yosemite Valley porque tínhamos 4h de caminho para chegar a Monterey. A primeira parte da viagem ainda no parque segue junto a um rio, no meio do vale, mas passado o parque o caminho torna-se chato, cansativo. É um estrada a direito no meio de campos secos durante demasiados km.
    De repente começam a aparecer campos brancos, quando me apercebo que são campos de algodão, encostei o carro, estava tão excitada, nunca tinha visto, sai do carro a correr com a máquina fotográfica.
    Tirei duas fotos, quando a Filipa grita: "Estamos a ser atacadas por milhares de melgas". Já foi tarde, estava toda mordida, fui a correr para o carro, ela ainda mandou umas quantas melgas dentro do carro porque não sou capaz 😬

    Vimos o pôr do sol pelo caminho, o céu estava lindíssimo, mas a chega ao hotel foi mais amarga. A Glória enganou-se e reservou o hotel para ontem, devia estar mesmo cansada :-(
    Inicialmente queriam que pagassemos de novo sendo que o dia de ontem já tinha sido cobrado e pior, hoje os quartos estavam ao dobro do preço.
    Isto já é caro, supostamente seria 100 dólares, hoje a noite já seria 190... Ou seja, íamos pagar quase 300, daqui a nada tenho que ir pôr o corpo a render...
    Conseguimos negociar 😜 devolveram o dinheiro de ontem e pagamos só a noite de hoje.

    Jantamos no Black Bear Dinner, muito americano, cada empregado era uma personagem, mas o melhor era um deles que parecia ter silicone no rabo, tinha um rabo tão grande e tão desproporcional que não conseguia tirar a vista de cima. Claro que como em todos os restaurantes americanos a comida é tanta que só conseguimos comer metade.

    Foi mais um dia em até fizemos 500km.
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  • Day33

    Waiting on baby

    March 23, 2017 in the United States

    So baby is breech and this is one suggestion to get the little guy to move. So think positive thoughts. Due date is April 4, So I plan to be here until well after he arrives. So probably not too many posts until the munchkin arrives or I find something interesting to share.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Merced County, مقاطعة ميرسيد, Мърсед, মার্সিড কাউন্টি, Condado de Merced, Mercedi maakond, Merced konderria, شهرستان مرسد، کالیفرنیا, Comté de Merced, Merced megye, Մերսեդ շրջան, Contea di Merced, マーセド郡, Merced Comitatus, Merced, Merced Kūn, Hrabstwo Merced, مرکڈ کاؤنٹی, Мерсед, Округ Мерсед, مرسیڈ کاؤنٹی، کیلیفورنیا, Quận Merced, Condado han Merced, 默塞德縣

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