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  • Day64

    Portland - I am in love

    July 23, 2017 in the United States

    Sooo amazing! Portland and its beautiful sorroundings (Mount Hood, Eagle Creek, the Timberline lodge - where the Shining was shot) as well as the people were unbelievably great. Walking around in the city, hiking in the mountains, swimming in glacier water and the best food and drinks on Marcs deck, the best!Read more

  • Day21

    Grill and Chill

    July 17 in the United States

    Wir genießen die Zeit ohne weiter zu reisen. In unserem Tiny House am See südlich von Seattle haben wir es uns gemütlich gemacht.
    Wir sind ganz in der Nähe des Mount Rainier, der sehr beeindruckend aussieht.
    Arne kann seinem Lieblingshobby grillen endlich nachgehen. Darauf hat er die ganze Zeit gewartet.Read more

  • Day25

    Mount Rainier Nationalpark

    July 21 in the United States

    Heute ging unser Weg in den letzten amerikanischen Nationalpark. Wir führen ca. 2 Stunden bis zum Mount Rainier. Am Eingang des Parks standen wir eine Stunde im Stau. Man merkt am Andrang überall, dass hier in den USA mittlerweile Sommerferien sind. Gut, dass wir jetzt alles auf unserem Programm gesehen haben.
    Mount Rainier ist ein beeindruckender Vulkan, der zuletzt im 19. Jahrhundert ausgebrochen ist und jetzt als schlafend gilt. Der Gipfel ist komplett vereist. Wir haben uns heute für eine kurze Wanderung entschieden, konnten aber einen der Gletscher recht gut sehen. Unterwegs gab es auch ein bisschen Schnee.
    Später sind wir noch an einen See gefahren und haben die Sonne genossen.
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  • Day26

    Letzter Tag

    July 22 in the United States

    Heute haben wir ganz entspannt gefrühstückt und sind an den See gefahren. Anschließend haben wir unseren Kram gepackt und uns nochmal ein gutes BBQ gegönnt. Arne ist von dem Fleisch hier sehr begeistert.
    Morgen geht unser Flug dann nach Hause. 🛫

  • Day42

    Arrivée aux États-Unis et Mont Rainier

    September 28 in the United States

    En se réveillant ce matin, nous étions déjà dans la file pour prendre la traverse vers Port Angeles aux États-Unis. Nous sommes donc allés acheter nos billets et quelques minutes plus tard, une douanière se présente à notre véhicule. Ensuite c'est l'embarquement et avant de s'en rendre compte, nous sommes sur la mer de Salish. On ne savait pas le nom jusqu'à maintenant!! C'est la mer qui sépare l'île de Vancouver (et les autres îles) du continent.

    Après avoir touché terre, on part pour Seattle car c'était notre objectif. Je dis c'était parce que nous avons changé d'idée en cours de route! Nous nous sommes plutôt enlignés sur Tacoma, une plus petite ville juste au sud. Nous voulions aller au Mont Rainier, un volcan situé tout près de là. On a d'ailleurs pu le voir en s'approchant de Tacoma. Magnifique!! Désolé pas de photo de ça par contre. Donc après avoir cherché un peu un endroit où passer la nuit, nous avons décidé de dormir dans un stationnement de Walmart. Oh malheur, en arrivant nous nous sommes aperçus qu'on ne pouvait y dormir!! Il commençait à se faire tard. Nous avons réussi à trouver un camping à environ 30 minutes de là alors, on s'est mis en chemin et avons eu un site en arrivant!!

    Lendemain matin, on fait nos trucs (lavage, douche, remplissage d'eau, etc) et on part pour le parc du Mont Rainier. On a un peu de route à faire. En arrivant à l'entrée du parc on réalise qu'on était vraiment pas les seuls à vouloir visiter ce parc en cette belle journée automnale! On fait la queue et on fini par entrer. On roule encore un bon moment car on veut se rendre au camping en priorité étant donné que c'est un premier arrivé premier servi. En chemin, on arrête quand même voir la chute Narada. Elle est magnifique. On peut la voir d'en haut mais aussi marché jusqu'en bas où on voit même des petits arc-en-ciel!

    On arrive au camping, se réserve un site et on part pour le centre des visiteurs. Il est quand même à presque 30 minutes de route et est plus haut en altitude sur le mont Rainier. Le temps d'y arriver, ça commence à se couvrir mais les couleurs de l'automne sont quand même incroyables! Il y a plein de petits arbustes de différentes couleurs partout! Si ça avait été plus dégagé, on aurait vu la tête du mont en arrière-plan! Dommage, mais ça reste magnifique. On fait une petite marche avec fiston pour aller voir une jolie petite chute. Au retour, on voir même deux ours qui mangent tranquillement dans les buissons près du centre d'accueil. Incroyable. Pas trop stressés on dirait bien!! On rentre ensuite au camping pour ainsi compléter notre première journée au parc. Ça promet pour demain!!
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  • Day44

    Mont Rainier - jour 2

    September 30 in the United States

    C'est plus nuageux ce matin mais au moins il ne pleut pas. Notre but est de faire des marches et voir le plus possible du parc en se rendant à l'autre camping situé à une heure de route environ. On commence par le sentier situé près de notre camping, il longe un bras de la rivière Nisqually et mène à 2 petites chutes. On est principalement dans le bois. C'est une belle marche pour débuter la journée. Les chutes sont jolies mais pas très grosses. On retourne au camper et on part pour l'arrêt suivant.

    On s'arrête à Christine Falls. On a une courte marche de 15 minutes a faire pour avoir finalement la vue sur les chutes. C'est vraiment beau et impressionnant de voir les roches façonnées par le travail de l'eau. L'eau est bleue, comme pas mal toutes les rivières qu'on voit depuis un bon moment déjà! Même au BC l'eau des rivières et ses lacs était généralement limpide et souvent bleuté. On regagne notre bolide d'aventure et on roule jusqu'à Reflexion Lakes. Par temps clair, c'est l'endroit parfait pour voir, comme son nom l'indique, la réflexion de la montagne sur le lac. Malgré les nuages, la vue reste très belle, surtout avec les couleurs automnales, ça aide!

    On se rend ensuite à l'une des marches incontournables du parc: Grove of the Patriarchs. Le sentier suit le lit de la rivière Ohanapecosh, qui est plutôt jolie car ses abords sont rocailleux. L'intérêt principal de cette marche n'est cependant pas la rivière mais bien les arbres. On y trouve plusieurs espèces de conifères et surtout certains sont âgés de plus de 1000 ans!! Impressionnant de voir d'aussi gros et vieux arbres, ça force le respect! On termine la boucle et on revient au camper avant d'aller faire une dernière marche pour la journée. C'est une partie du sentier East Side qui nous amène encore là à une petite chute. On y arrive après 20 minutes de marche environ et on s'y arrête brièvement avant de revenir au camper. C'était plutôt joli mais on ne pouvait pas trop s'en approcher étant donné qu'on était en hauteur.

    On s'enligne ensuite sur le camping en espérant qu'il reste de la place. Il n'est heureusement pas complet encore et on se trouve un beau site, tout près de la rivière! Plus tard on achète du bois et on se fait un feu lorsque Samuel fait dodo. C'est vraiment paisible comme endroit, sous les grands arbres avec le son de la rivière qui coule et le crépitement du feu. Magique!
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  • Day11

    Apple Store in Tacoma

    August 29, 2017 in the United States

    ... and of course it didn't work out at all: I woke up and thought of nothing bad as I had a look on my watch: 10:13 AM!!! Oh my god, could this be true that I slept so long? Unfortunately yes, this happened because I forgot to put on an alarm. My body was so tired that I could have slept even longer, I suppose. I went to work as fast as I could, started to get everything done and made plans to save the lost time in other ways. I worked one hour longer than planned and I would start to work tomorrow one hour earlier which should be enough to cover all important topics. For lunch some colleagues went with me to a japanese burger place where you can eat fried burgers which were really tasty. After work my colleague took me to an Apple Store in Tacoma: Finally I was able to buy my new iPad! Unfortunately this included a 10% sales tax which made it more expensive than expected but it still quite ok. After this was goal was achieved my colleague showed me his house which he bought recently when he moved from Seattle to Tacoma. I was also introduced to his dog Bella which already greeted us directly when we have entered the house. She is really a playful dog. Then we went having dinner in a seafood restaurant where you can sit on a deck next to the Puget Sound. The sun went down very quickly. After dinner I took the bus back to Seattle. I had to pack all my stuff together to be prepared to leave on the next day.Read more

  • Day32

    USA 5

    September 25 in the United States

    Day 20 Thursday 13th September 2018 - Mt St Helens

    Didn’t get much sleep as it was veeeery quiet. Still up and ready for a day of hiking at Mt St Helens. Got super rugged up as we knew it was going to be cold. I was definitely regretting not being more prepared for ‘winter’ style weather but Lily wasn’t really prepared either (had left a lot of her winter stuff in storage). From what we can tell and from comments that people have made, it was unseasonably cold and the snow has started a lot earlier than usual this year.
    Anyway, put on the layers we could and drove to observatory, stopping at some view points along the way. When we arrived we had to do another thing saying we were aware of the risks of hiking inside the blast zone of an active volcano.

    Did a walk around of the information area and was all pretty interesting, I remember being endlessly fascinated by volcanoes in high school but it’s funny what you forget. Looks like Mt St Helens was a bit of a (costly) leap forward for volcanology. Killed 57 people (3 of whom were inside the predicted blast zone with correct permits saying they knew the risks of being inside the blast zone) but provided huge leaps forward scientifically - eg in the lead up to the eruption they were monitoring the volcano and there were NO gas emissions - eventually determined that the gas had been trapped which eventually built up enough pressure that when the landslide occurred it triggered the eruption; also there was a hummocks affect that had been observed around other volcanoes but never understood why they occurred until this eruption where they learned that it was parts of the volcano (large chunks that had exploded out of the volcano and landed on the terrain without breaking); also the crater collapsed due to a landslide - similar features have been observed on other volcanoes but they’ve never understood why volcanoes with vertical eruptions might form that way. It’s also been really good for them because they get to see how and why areas recover after eruptions. They predicted that it would take at least a hundred years for any significant recovery to occur but after 38 years it’s significantly recovered. There were lots of factors they didn’t account for (some plants actually flourish in carbon dense soil and when they have no competitors it allows them to ‘correct’ the soil thanks to being the only plant growing there, also they didn’t factor in gophers - which were hibernating at the time of the eruption - returning to the surface unharmed by the eruption and contributing hugely to spreading seeds etc as well as deer and elk. They also have been able to observe and document the formation of glacier (in the crater of the volcano where the sun can’t reach).

    We did a guided hike which was really good. Our tour guide, Brittany, is a geologist and had a lot of amazing stories to tell about the volcano and all the things they had discovered. It was a little frustrating on the tour though, because a family of four, also Australian, were on the guided hike and they would NOT shut up about Australia. Brittany was very polite about it but Lily and I lost patience pretty quickly. It’s made me examine every conversation I’ve had whilst travelling that’s for sure! It was always very unprompted I think was the problem, eg the father would ask how college in America works and Brittany would get a sentence or two out before he’d be saying “see in AUSTRALIA we do it like this” and then would talk about how Australia does it until the next stop when Brittany would have to talk to the rest of the group; and when he says Australia he really means ‘Melbourne’ and really he only means his experience with university, because apparently there’s no such thing as student accomodation and you’re required to study from home and there’s only like 6 universities to chose from unless you count TAFE but no one counts TAFE. He has two young boys so I guess he would know best.

    Also a struggle as the hike wasn’t really appropriate for the two young boys - they were pretty bright and seemed interested, but it was a long time for them to stay focused and it was freezing cold (started snowing pretty early on) so every time we stopped Brittany would try and keep it quick so we could keep walking, but inevitably the two boys would ask a thousand questions which she had already answered in her story if they'd been listening, which they didn't always have the focus for. She had to cut the hike short in the end as we ran out of time to finish it. Was good aside from that, though, and I’m sure I’ve been there and done that myself and had other tourists annoyed that I was there.

    Thought about doing another hike after that one finished but it was just too cold. Problem with the cold is it really zaps your energy, and we still had an hours drive back to where we were staying. Decided to call it a day and drove back. Lily struggled a bit with the drive - which was the first time on this trip - but we took it slow and made it back alright. Early night to try and get some energy back.

    Day 21 - Friday 14th September 2018 - Mt St Helens - Mt Rainier

    Much better night sleep, and packed up and drove to Mt Rainier. Relatively easy drive, and Lily was feeling a lot better. We wasted some time trying to find the closest information centre but it didn’t appear to exist (GPS said it did but unless it was in the back of a shop it definitely didn’t) so had to go straight into Mt Rainier National Park, where there was an information centre located at the very top of the volcano (slight exaggeration but honestly it was just windy up and up and up). As we drove in, there was actually a ranger at the entry booth checking passes etc and she kindly gave us some maps and directions. Was absolutely gorgeous drive though - Autumn/Fall really setting in. Whole drive up was a mixture of oranges, reds, yellows, light and dark greens, with snowy mountains in the background and rivers and water falls along the roadside…was stunning.

    Got to the information centre and had some lunch then dressed up a bit more to go on some hikes. Did a couple (only about an hour each) and both were really good. Saw some deer and a marmot and got a closer look at the volcano. There were some falls we looked at where the water was running white, and Lily told me about how the closer to a glacier that the water is the whiter it is, and then it changes colour the further away it gets until it pools into that super clean looking vibrant blue lakes/rivers we had been seeing on our way up. Obviously there are some exceptions to this due to minerals and what not in the water but it’s still really cool to think about.

    Bad weather was setting in so we didn’t hang around, instead heading off to find our accomodation. It was right at the entrance to the National Park (it cost a lot to stay there but was worth it for the proximity and it also had the added benefit of being the only place with vacancies when we were looking). Checked in no worries, the lady who checked us in was a lot of fun. She used to be an avid hiker and climber and talked us through a lot of different things she had done ‘in her youth’ at Mt Rainier. She was good to talk to and loved a chat.
    We had dinner, which was a bit of a mishmash of leftovers as we hadn’t had time to go grocery shopping, and then I skyped Emily. Was really good catching up with her and had the wonderful news that she was pregnant! Woohoo! 14 weeks, a girl, and so far all healthy. Thought it would be a high risk pregnancy but so far has passed all the tests (except for Emily failing the diabetes test which she’s really upset about but she did expect it due to all the problems when trying to get pregnant). After speaking to Emily we were just doing some organising for the next day.

    Was starting not to feel very well so I took a heap of vitamins etc including my elderberry which usually fights off colds before I get them, but sort of hoped it was just because we’d had the heater on (I’m really bad with heaters or air conditioners!). Lily opened a window and put a fan on for some white noise (another very quiet place so we were trying to be prepared) but I don’t think that helped me too much!

    Day 22 - Saturday 15th September 2018 Mt Rainier

    Had zero sleep, woke up feeling horrendous and was vomiting. Lil set off by herself for the day to do the hikes we had planned and I took a heap of medication and went back to bed. Was a pretty horrendous day but I really can’t complain, I haven’t even had a proper cold in awhile and I’m assuming thanks to taking the elderberry the night before I didn’t even feel that awful (took me most of the day to realise I had a fever - only realised because something had fallen off the bed and I had no memory of it doing so, so I checked fitbit and realised I’d had a 3 hour nap even though I really vividly remembered those 3 hours and must have just had a fever-dream the whole time). Lily came home about 4pmish and had gotten me a green tea which was the only thing I managed to keep down with any success all day and also was amazing on my throat. It sounded like Lily had had a pretty good day all in all, so was pretty sad to miss it although I knew I definitely wasn’t up for it. She saw a whole family of marmots and quite a lot of bird life. She went further than we had planned too, as well, because the trails aren’t very well signposted, but had to be careful of the weather (it was forecast to snow all day but it didn’t really hit until just after she got back). We were both really glad we had pushed ourselves to do the hikes the day before as it meant I got to see Mt Rainier and it meant Lily got to see a lot of it with good weather.

    I had a shower and took a heap more medication, including a melatonin which I haven’t needed in awhile but oh well. Seemed to do the trick because although I wasn’t miraculously better and I woke up every half hour, I managed to doze most of the night from about 10pm till 10am. Felt really sorry for Lily - she has a vomit-phobia so I think me being sick was just as traumatising for her. She kept asking if I’d taken my reflux meds (I had - no affect, as it wasn’t really reflux) and if it was anxiety making me throw up (it was definitely my stomach not liking food that was making me throw up), and I don’t think she got much sleep that night as she seemed to wake up every time I woke up even though I didn’t throw up again. Assuming it is a flu but hoping for the best.

    Day 23 - Sunday 16th September 2018 Mt Rainier - Seattle

    Woke up feeling like I hadn’t slept, despite the fact I knew I had. Was feeling a lot better (Actually felt hungry when I woke up) just exhausted and stuffy head. I stupidly hadn’t packed any cold medication (I actually did pack it at first and took it out of my medicine bag because “I haven’t used it in years”) so just took my elderberry stuff again. Lily emailed the Airbnb host to see if we could organise a second bed, just to try and keep my germs to myself, which he said he was happy to organise if we were okay with an air mattress.

    We drove on, stopping only to get lunch. We had some soup, which was a relief because it was about the only thing I felt like eating. I also bought some plain crackers to nibble on. Drive was supposed to be about 3 hours but surprise surprise there was traffic coming into Seattle. I’ll give you a moment to pretend to be shocked.

    Weirdly, as we started to come into Seattle, I did actually start feeling better. Still really tired, and my nose was still being annoying, but I started to feel a lot more motivated and actually up to doing stuff. We organised the next day, booking all our tours etc which took us a lot longer than expected, and then did a load of laundry each. Went out to dinner at a pub - had planned to eat out but it was deserted so we ended up ordering to-go and just coming back to air bnb to eat.

    Our host came home whilst we were eating and he had a good chat about things to do in Seattle - seemed really nice. We didn’t ask where he was from but he talked about when he “first came to Seattle” so had some good advice from a tourists perspective. He offered the air mattress as requested, but Lily wasn’t sure about how much space that would leave us and I had improved a fair bit that afternoon so she was less worried.
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  • Day81

    Mount Rainier

    September 14, 2015 in the United States

    Nach einer einer letzten Nacht im Wald am Rande des Mt. Rainier, ein knapp 4500 m hoher Vulkan südlich von Seattle, fahren wir zu einem Ausgangspunkt einiger Wanderungen. Wir haben zwar bewölktes aber schönes Wetter erwischt. Gleich beim Reinfahren in den Park freuen wir uns, alles genau so gemacht zu haben und die letzten Tage hier zu verbringen. Alles ist in herbstliche Farben getaucht und das Panorama ist der Wahnsinn. Wir machen dann eine größere Wanderung und steigen zu einem Aussichtspunkt über der Baumgrenze auf. Von hier hat man einen sehr schönen Blick auf den Vulkan, die Gletscher und die umliegenden Berge. Ein bischen wehmütig schauen wir in der Ferne auf den Mt. St. Helens, an dem wir vor ca 2 Monaten waren. Langsam realisieren wir, dass das jetzt definitiv der letzte Stopp ist und der Trip zu Ende geht. Wir freuen uns aber umso mehr, dass alles bis hierhin so gut funktioniert hat und unsere Route perfekt aufgegangen ist. Diese tolle, vielleicht sogar schönste Wanderung der gesamten Reise bestätigt uns.Read more

  • Day112

    Twilight

    September 5, 2016 in the United States

    Next stop was Forks, the wettest town in the US, also famous for vampires & werewolves apparently. Despite a few tacky tourist shops there wasn't much going on so we went on exploring the rainforest. Ruby Beach was ultra rugged and windswept covered with tree trunks washed down the river. The campsites right on the wet coast wasn't that appealing so we ended up in a quiet little stop off a forest road.

    The next day was lovely so we went back to the coast & got a sweet spot in 'Ocean City' a beach state park - v lucky for the Saturday night of Labour Day weekend (we often get lucky like that even when campgrounds have 'full' signs up :). We spent the afternoon sheltering behind sand dunes reading & flying the kite on the windswept beach. We did our good Samaritan bit by helping push someone's car out of the soft sand (repeatedly).

    After a quick run in the morning we headed towards Mount Rainier National Park and we spent the night just outside, in an OTV campsite full of petrol heads, so we could get in early(ish) the next day. It was unsurprisingly a little cloudy so we didn't see much on the way in except for a few tantalizing glimpses of this impressive cone on the way up.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Pierce County, مقاطعة بيرسي, Пиърс, পিয়েরসে কাউন্টি, Kantono Pierce, Condado de Pierce, Piercei maakond, Pierce konderria, شهرستان پیرس، واشینگتن, Comté de Pierce, Pierce megye, Contea di Pierce, ピアース郡, Pierce Kūn, Hrabstwo Pierce, پیرس کاؤنٹی, Comitatul Pierce, Пирс, Округ Пирс, Пієрс, پیئرس کاؤنٹی، واشنگٹن, Quận Pierce, Condado han Pierce, 皮尔斯县

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