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North America » United States » California » San Diego July 12th 2014

Träffat gänget nu. Verkar riktigt trevliga! Sju stycken blev vi. Från nya zealand, Australien, japan, England och Tyskland. Guiden är från usa såklart. Sett holywood i morse och nu är vi påväg till San Diego för lite bad och sol. Typ 30 grader och sol här. :) Riktigt taggad!... read more

The past four days, we have been exploring Yosemite National Park. The pictures below do not capture the true beauty as seen by the human eye, but hopefully they will give you some idea of the wondrous grandeur of this place. "As long as I live, I'll hear waterfalls and birds and winds sing. I'll interpret the rocks, learn the language of flood, storm, and the avalanche. I'll acquaint myself with the glaciers and wild gardens, and get as near the heart of the world as I can." - John Muir... read more
Inspiration Point (Tunnel View)
Enjoying the view
Arch Rock

North America » United States » California » San Diego » Oceanside July 11th 2014

Day3/Day4 Day 3-Sven and I decided to wake up and go for a mountain bike in an old familiar spot. Now, I have only done a few easy rides and I am still getting comfortable, hence the eagerness to practice in a known location to Sven so he could talk me through the trail. While things were going well and we were having fun, the sun was getting hot. Sven talked me through our last tactical part and we were home free, almost. As I set up to attack the whoop in front of me with full speed, I hit the breaks to slow down and slide out on some sand, lost control of my bike, I put my foot down to catch myself but it did no good. I rolled my ankle, then rolled the ... read more
The wait after crash
Swollen foot
Relaxing poolside... W cake

Ja då var man framme i LA efter ca 31 timmars restid. Enligt klockan bara 24, men fått flytta fram den åtta timmar. Gick bra till Heathrow, men väl där blev planet till NY försenat fem timmar. Fick dock en voucher på 10 pund (130 kr) så kunde köpa middag. Hann med att se ett slagsmål i en rulltrappa pågrund av förseningen, så det va ju spännande iaf. Väl i Ny skulle jag ta mig mellan Newark och Jfk flygplats, men eftersom jag landade mitt i natten gick ingen transfer. Så fick bli taxi. För 120 dollar(!). Planet från jfk till LA gick vid sex på morgonen så kunde inte vänta heller. Ska höra sen om reseförsäkringen täcker det... ;o Såg Big ben från planet när vi skulle landa på Heathrow, så nu kan man checka ... read more

This morning, we drove from our Oakhurst hotel back to the south gate of Yosemite to see the Mariposa Grove of Sequoia trees. We took the tram tour (rather than hiking a couple miles up and back)--we found out that this will be the last year the tram will run because they want to take out the roads to restore the grove to its natural state. After we left Yosemite, we got some fresh Califonia fruits and nuts from a roadside stand to enjoy as Steve drove us back to our San Francisco airport hotel. Oh, and we found an IN & OUT BURGER drive-through in Merced--one of Laura's favorites, seems to be unique to California. Steve & Dana took the rental car back and got a taxi ride from the airport auto rental place back ... read more
Faithful Couple--two Sequoia trees fused together at their bases
Laura in front of a Giant Sequoia


Long day today--Steve & Dana tried for some sunrise pictures at 5 a.m. on the California coast, then after breakfast, we all headed on the 4 hour drive to Yosemite. Absolutely breathtaking views that photos can't give it justice--at least not my photos. Saw as many highlights as we could in one afternoon, then drove south on the winding Wawona Road at elevations of 5,000 feet to our hotel in Oakhurst.... read more
Sunrise at Lover's Point--Pacific Grove
Steve looking out on Monterey Bay at Lover's Point
Sunrise at Lover's Point

North America » United States » California » Monterey July 9th 2014

This morning, we drove the 17-mile Drive, which takes in the coast, the forests, and the golf courses of the Monterey Peninsula. Had a late lunch at Fisherman's Wharf in Monterey, then browsed the shops of the Wharf and Cannery Row. Supper at our cottage, and rented "Captain Phillips". Tried again for sunset photos over the ocean, but no sun. . . But we are having fun!... read more
Point Joe--many early mariners crashed against these rocks.
Wildflowers at Point Joe
Point Joe

Well, I mean living large in L.A. for a pittance, if you are as poor as a church mouse by Bel Air standards, yet saved a few pennies. I didn't know what to expect from Los Angeles, California in my first visit. I was in no rush to see California. I am not a fan of car culture, I'm not good at small talk, nor am I that obsessed with my looks (my friends may argue that particular point) nor do I care for material things in general. Somehow Los Angeles wasn't an imperative, like Prague or Amsterdam. I certainly wasn't prepared for it by watching TV shows and movies filmed there. I didn't even recognize the Baywatch set in Malibu. My hotel, JW Marriott L.A. Live, showed promise, a gentrified patch, rising from the rubble ... read more
Dolby Theater
Hollywood Blvd.
Walk of Fame

North America » United States » California » Big Sur July 8th 2014

Steve chauffeured us around again today--down the coast to Big Sur. Dana was a little nervous on some of those curves at the edge of the cliffs! These were the views we came to California for!! All these years, we have only seen it in pictures or movies. Needless to say, we went crazy taking pictures! Mom took us to the Restaurant at Ventana for lunch, a wonderful place on a high cliff overlooking the ocean (for an early celebration of our birthdays). The food was superb, the landscaped patio we ate on was very serene, and we had a very relaxing time, even though the fog blocked the view of the ocean. We had to take some "David pictures", as we affectionately call pictures of our meals. Stopped at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park for ... read more
Asilomar State Beach--Pacific Grove
View of Hwy 1 winding down the coast
Views south of Carmel on Hwy 1

Day 2- Made it to Redondo beach,Ca to spent some quality time with my 85 year old Nana. We went for a scenic beach walk, followed by breakfast. Later on, Sven and I rode bikes down the beach and played in the waves and each proceeded to get a mean sunburn. My Aunt Lauretta and youngest cousin, Roxi came to catch up with us as well. We set out to Oceanside,Ca to visit Sven's Mom, step dad and brother, Johnny. Johnny will soon be deployed to Afghanistan and let me try on some of his gear. Needless to say, keep him in safe thoughts as he sets out to support our country. We love you Johnny, see you in a few months.... read more
Sven in the waves
Beachin' it
Lauretta and Roxi

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