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North America » Canada » British Columbia » Pitt Meadows February 25th 2009

This is a short update blog. We haven't done much traveling since the big trip to the American Southwest last fall. And Kayla hasn't even gotten around to putting captions to all 2000 photos we took. We did manage to spend a week on Maui at the beginning of February, with plans to go back for a month in 2010. But that didn't warrant a blog about it, since we've been going there now for several years to escape the winter weather in BC. Our big news is that we plan on going to Botswana in October, so look for some postings related to that. Meanwhile, we will continue researching and gathering information on Southern Africa.... read more

North America » United States » Oregon » Astoria October 20th 2008

Sunday, October 19, 2008 Today we started out earlier in order to have enough time to see more sights along the Oregon Coast, and make it to the Washington border by the end of the day. Well, 9:30 am was early for Kayla anyway. It was a beautiful day and luckily the fog had mostly lifted so we could enjoy the sights, as well as the sounds and smells of the sea. We stopped several times and took short walks, either along a pathway, or else the beach. Saw thousands of birds, either on their way south for the winter, or already here to spend the winter on warmer water. Pelicans, gulls, oyster catchers, and many others we couldn’t name. We have lots of video and photos of birds on rocks. Richard perfected his video technique ... read more
Otter Rock View Point
Otter Rock View Point
Otter Rock View Point

North America » United States » Oregon » Florence October 19th 2008

Saturday, October 18, 2008 Morning fog lifted enough to reveal the wild shore line as we travelled north along the Oregon coast. Every video clip we took had the background surf to complete the atmosphere. The sound and sight of the surf varied with each stop, sometimes pounding, sometimes just rolling. There were several overlooks where the sea shore was just too far away and shrouded in fog. But we found a couple to compensate. At Bandon, Face Rock State Park and north of Coos Bay at Oregon Dunes Overview we stayed long enough in the cool wind to breathe in the air and soak up the wild feeling of the coast. Sea stacks defending themselves against the surf, wide and long sandy beaches, sea grass growing out of the sand and waving in the wind, ... read more
Pistol River Scenic Viewpoint
Pistol River Scenic Viewpoint
Pistol River Scenic Viewpoint

North America » United States » California » Crescent City October 18th 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008 As we were driving into Eureka last night, we could see quite a fog had rolled in. This morning, even though reports said the fog would lift, it didn’t. We were quite disappointed not to see more of the ocean. However, this was to be a big tree day, and that meant not worrying too much about the fog. It was clear, sunny and warm where the redwoods were, so that’s where we went. As we were walking among the giants in the Lady Bird Johnson Grove of Redwood National Park, we were reminded of several times on Vancouver Island when we drove the considerable distance on rough teeth-jarring logging roads for several hours, then hiked for some considerable distance, usually in the pouring rain, just to see the big trees in ... read more
Redwood National Park Visitor Centre
Giant Redwood
Giant Redwood

North America » United States » California » Eureka October 17th 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008 From Tuesday morning to Wednesday evening we travelled west 600 miles from Eureka, Nevada to Eureka, California: from sage brush desert to redwood rain forest, from clear blue sky to dense sea fog, from 6000 feet to sea level, from night frost to warm moist air, from Casino land to Enviro land. Susanville, CA to Hydesville, CA on Highway 36 is a route to enjoy. Lassen Volcano dominates the rock formations as far as Interstate 5 at Red Bluffs. Huge Ponderosa Pine forests all along the road and virtually no traffic, again. A Highway 36 road sign warns of 140 miles of narrow winding road west of Red Bluffs. These winds started immediately and kept on coming until we reached the sea. Added to that was a gradual climb through the Shasta ... read more
Flat Coyote Summit
Giant Redwood
Base of Giant Redwood

North America » United States » California » Redding October 16th 2008

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 Eureka NV welcomed us last night without frost. But today we want some California warmth. So we plan a 320 mile drive west across Nevada, bypass Reno and onto Susanville, CA. Not that we know anything about what’s at Susanville. Highway 50 stayed true to its character of: surveyor straight, little to zero traffic and gray green sage bush. The highway planners decided not to run the route through the Clan Alpine Mountains because of the significant elevation and route finding. Instead they did a end run south around the Clan Alpine and we came out between Sand Mountain and a large salt flat near Fallon, NV. Since BC does not have salt flats, a stop and several pictures satisfied our curiosity. Then we hurried onto Reno on Interstate 80. Reno had ... read more
Salt Flats
Salt Flats & Sand Dune State Park
Salt Flats

North America » United States » Nevada » Ely October 15th 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 It froze again overnight and fortunately Richard had disconnected and drained the pressure hose. This is getting to be routine for us, although not a happy one, to be sure. With an eye to our escape to the coast, we planned a long drive today, and the weather and road conditions did not disappoint. It was a beautiful dry sunny blue sky day, just great for traveling and viewing all the wonderful scenery going by. Not a particularly good day for photos, although we did take a few, and one or two ‘traveling down the road’ videos. Nevada Highway 50 has the self-professed reputation of being the ‘loneliest highway in America’. And it lived up to its reputation, although Utah 21 provided stiff competition. We could count on one hand (sometimes one ... read more
Highway 21
Highway 21
Highway 21

North America » United States » Arizona » Page October 14th 2008

Monday October 13, 2008 Today was Canadian Thanksgiving, and Columbus Day in the US. We celebrated by doing something that was on Kayla’s ‘must do’ list - a slot canyon. Antelope is one of the most famous and most photographed, so we had lots of company. But we didn’t care and had a great time. Getting there was half the fun. We were shuttled in by a Navajo driver in the back of an open-air truck designed for lots of power in soft sand, much like the tour in Monument Valley. It only took about 20 minutes to get from the town of Page to the canyon entrance. Slipping and sliding in the soft pink sand, we were jostled about and whipped by very cold winds, since it was only 12 C (54 F) today, even ... read more
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North America » United States » Arizona » Page October 13th 2008

Sunday, October 12, 2008 Yes, it froze hard overnight and Richard forgot to disconnect the pressure water. He was not the only RV camper trying to coil 10 metres of very stiff popsicle hose. We slept in our long underwear but at least the forecasted 20% chance of snow never happened. Eventually the sun warmed up the hose and we were off for a visit to the local Café for internet publishing of three days of travel blogs and pictures. Then on to Page, AZ. Our exit to the east from South Rim Grand Canyon included several overviews that we missed on the way west (highway AZ 64). These pullouts give several good views of curving sections of the blue-green water 3000 feet below and 4 miles away. A few rapids are visible and even a ... read more
Colorado River
South Rim Viewpoint
Vishnu Temple


Saturday October 11, 2008 Can it get any colder? In Arizona, you say? Still no snow, but this morning, it was frigid and we swore it was well below freezing, with continued ferocious winds all night that wouldn’t quit. We had the heat on all night. Some time during the night, Kayla got up and noticed a bright moon shining through the bathroom vent. How nice, she thought, that we have a clear vent cover to see the sky. Also during the night, Richard got up and noticed the stars through the same vent. But he also noticed how unusually cold the bathroom was. Morning light brought the grim reality that we had indeed sustained damage during the windstorm that almost blew us off the road on the drive yesterday, and the bathroom vent was now ... read more
Viewpoint, South Rim
Viewpoint, South Rim
Viewpoint, South Rim




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