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North America » United States » California » Roseville April 20th 2014

Happy Easter to all our friends around the world. We are so lucky to have all our family together for Easter in Roseville. First time we have all been together for a Holiday. Hope all of you are as blessed also. Love Dwight Joannie Leslie. Tim. Jack and Joe Adam, Jessica Ben, Jennifer and Henry... read more


For en by! Internett bestemte seg for å slette bloginnlegget jeg skrev i går, så hvis noen er interesserte får de nøye seg med bildene gangen her. San Francisco har vært helt fantastisk, og så til de grader levd opp til alle tanker og forventninger jeg hadde til byen. Nå pakker vi kofferten og gjør oss klare til å hente bilen vi har leid, før eventyret virkelig starter og vi gir oss i kast med Pacific Coast Highway på tur til Los Angeles. Det gledes!... read more
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North America » United States » California » Mount Shasta April 20th 2014

As I’ve written plenty of times before, a great thing about my job is the ability to experience those things off the beaten path. For the past 2 weeks we’ve had claims northeast of Redding. 2 weeks ago we had claims in Redding then the following day in Mt Shasta and Eureka. Lots of driving! This also meant taking roads we’d never been on before. On the way to our claims in Fall River Mills we had a clear view of Mt Lassen from Redding. The Mt was so beautiful. We were reminded of our hike up to the top many years ago when our boys were young. When we took the grandkids the path was full of snow and we couldn’t make it to the top. Before arriving at Fall River Mills we saw a ... read more
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North America » United States » California » San Diego April 20th 2014

Hallo zusammen. Wow, ist schon einiges passiert seit dem letzen Blog Eintrag! Zuerst einmal, es geht uns allen sehr gut, wir geniessen die Zeit hier miteinander und nehmen einen Tag nach dem Anderen. Was ist passiert? Nach SFO sind wir weiter in den Süden gezogen, nach Santa Cruz / Monterey / Watsonville. Hier hatten wir einen wunderschönen Campingplatz mit riesiger Auswahl an Kinderspielplätzen (Klettertürme, Sprungkissen, Pool, etc.) Auch zu unserer Freude hatten unsere Nachbarn auf dem Campingplatz zwei Kinder im Alter von 3 und 5, perfekt für Justin. Mit Baggern, Schaufel und sonstigem Spielzeug ausgerüstet, kamen die Kids direkt auf Justin zu. Sie haben sich von Anfang an gut verstanden. Justin redet heute noch gerne von “seinen Freunden”. Auch wir haben mit Ihnen am Abend am Campingplatz Marshmellows "S'Mores"grilliert und Geschichten ausgetauscht. Nicht zu vergessen sind ... read more
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Well well well. Five days in and we finally hit the wall. After going non-stop from early morning until late at night we decided that it was time to have a lazy day. Last night we returned home late again after having dinner at Captain Kidds Buffet. All you can eat for $10 per head plus tax. We were invited in to have a look at the buffet and after the kids saw the tacos, burgers and desserts the decision was made. And, it wasn't too bad either. Although what is it about all you can eat that suddenly turns people into pigs with plates piled high? I, Graham, was so embarrassed to carry my plate so grotesquely full I made Scarlett carry it and all was good! Most of you would know that the first ... read more
Our view of the game
Meeting Gru
Outside the Kwik e mart

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North America » United States » California » Ventura April 19th 2014

After my amazing flight and a quick checkin through customs, I was able to quickly get my bags and boarded the crowded bus to the car rental agency - Thrifty. It was difficult to maneuver all my bags once I got off the bus and through the line to get my car. I'd ordered a mid-size SUV and when I went to pick it, I saw a beautiful bright blue Ford Escape - my baby! I went straight for it, but it was locked, so i picked a Nissan Rogue - it was an ok car, but the one thing I didn't like is that it was difficult to get in and out of for a short person. It was 4:15 and I hoped that I would miss the main crush of rush hour traffic on ... read more
The VPT crew and friends
Disc golf at Lake Casitas
Ron and Liam harassing the naughty gophers


Today we had the last full day of our holidaying in San Francisco. It took us a while to get up and ready for the outside world after the night before!! We eventually left the hotel about 10.15. It was around this time that i realised my new £60 sunglasses purchased at the airport before leaving that had been a victim of the night before and i'd somehow lost them :-( The day before we'd been lucky as when we were checking in some people had offered Kerry three bus passes. They were three day passes and they'd used the first day and half then were leaving to go home to LA so we got a bus pass each for free. We decided to go and see the Golden Gate Bridge in the morning then head ... read more

North America » United States » California » Apple Valley April 18th 2014

Getting ready for the Galapagos and Machu Picchu. Planning for this trip has been a little more tricky, the weight restrictions on the baggage makes taking all your gear impossible. So we opt in and opt out. 17 days on the road - got a pair of Keen sandals for water landings and hiking on the islands and a pair of lightweight Merrell hiking shoes for mountain trekking and Machu Picchu - neither weighing a pound. Opt in on the new binoculars (Vortex) opt out on the land camera. Opt in on the underwater camera (doubles for land shots), opt out on any extras. Opt in on the laptop and phone. Scan discs, thumb drives, batteries, and other techie stuff is heavy!!! Opt in - my own snorkel and mask, opt out - fins. Start adding ... read more


Leisurely start to the morning today, bit of a lie in getting up just after 0800hrs and drinking coffee in the room. This was mainly due to the fact we can't go snowmobiling this morning as they are completing "essential maintenance" along the route. This is something we were looking forward to doing as well. We finally decided to get up and head off for a breakfast at Ihop to fuel us for the rest of the day to get to San Francisco. Yet again their breakfast menu is huge and took ages to read through and choose what to eat. We all settled for different varieties of pancakes and some French toast to share. Portions are massive so very full now!! Back in the car now with about a four hour journey ahead of us. ... read more

North America » United States » California » Lone Pine April 16th 2014

Today was going to be another longish drive so we decided to start no later than 9.30-10. Steph and I decided to go to the Bellagio breakfast buffet and left Kerry still getting up as she wasn't up got it. We'd been to the buffet a couple of years ago for lunch so knew what to expect. They have everything you could ever think of for breakfast and you can eat as much as you like! We had some fruit, pancakes, french toast, eggs florentine and some coffee and juice. This time we didn't overheat like last time! And had a nice leisurely breakfast then we went for mother bit of gambling where I lost $20 then bought a few more gifts and ended up to get out stuff and check out, we'd one valet parking ... read more
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