Blogs from North America


Left early today so we could find parking at Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. Hiked trail through old forest, saw a sequoia estimated to be 1,800 years old called The Grizzly Giant, the California Tunnel Tree (cut in 1895 to allow horse-drawn stages to pass through), the Faithful Couple (two large trees fused together at their base and sharing the same root system, remain clearly seperated above. The Bachelor and Three Graces is another example of four different trees sharing the same root system. Drove on to Tuolumne Meadows but rain moved in and we turned back to camp. Seeing Yosemite requires a lot of driving and riding. Long day, had to refresh at El Cid Mexican Restaurant in Oakhurst. Highly recommended if you like Mexican food.... read more

We travel today to San Francisco RV Resort in Pacifica, Ca. The park is located on the ocean, but main reason for this park is close location to San Francisco. No travel photos.... read more

Drove north today crossing the Golden Gate Bridge stopping to walk out onto the bridge. Spotted some dolphins swimming underneath the bridge, but I am unable to prove it since we were so high they appeared the size of ants. Leaving the Golden Gate Bridge we continue north traveling through the Napa Valley home to more than 300 wineries. After getting tired of looking at vineyards we stopped for lunch in Lakeport, Ca. at Cheese's Main Street Pizza. Time to turn around and head back to the old corral. Of course we timed things perfectly for a rush hour traffic jam. Yeah!... read more

North America » United States » California » Sacramento July 28th 2014

Day 19- Drove south to Fair Oaks, Ca (Sacramento area) to celebrate our wonderful friends, Dave and Lizzy, getting hitched! It was a hot one, got to be around 110 degrees. Yikes! But it was beautiful and fun to be there with other college friends to share the day with the happy couple. Sven caught the garter and I caught the bouquet. Don't worry, we are not going to run off and get hitched ourselves... At least not anytime soon (be patient). We love you, Dave and Lizzy! Congrats on your happily ever after! Day 20- Checked out of the hotel and found comfort in the heavily air conditioned Roseville Galleria with Irish and Merrit. Had some lunch and took our time to get back to Chico. Spent the evening watching a movie ... read more
Silly boys

North America » United States » California » Chico July 28th 2014

Day 21- Preparation for part 2 of our all time awesome summer road trip adventure! Ran more errands, got packed up all over again. Loaded up the car and we due to head north to Eureka, CA to visit more fam. I can't wait to see my niece, Galena!... read more


North America » United States » Utah July 28th 2014

Go z'Morge esse sin mir wieder e feins Müesli mit Frücht, damit mir gstärkt gsi sin für dr hüttig Dag. Denn am halb 12i isch es los gange mit unserer Tour! Mir hän alli e Schwümmweste becho und denn het uns e Büssli ca. 25' Fluss ufwärts gfahre. Dört hän mir denn e kleini Yfüehrig kriegt, wie mir uns uf de Böötli sölle verhalte und vor allem au, was mache, wenn mir ins Wasser sötte plumpse... Denn sin mir in unsers Boot ygstyge und hän unseri Hälfti vom Boot mit eme ältere, sehr nätte, amerikanische Ehepaar teilt - sie hätte glaub d'Felicia am Schluss am Liebschte grad mitgnoh ;-) Nach ere gemütlige halbe Stund uf em Wasser, hän mir amene Strand aghalte und sie hän e riese Buffet ufgstellt gha, wo me sich dr Mage het ... read more
Colorado River
We really like it!
A swim in the river...

North America » Canada » Alberta » Calgary July 28th 2014

Bien reposé de ma journée d' hier, avec une petite grâce mat jusqu' 8h, j' ai la belle surprise, de voir un ciel bleu pur. Celui du beau temps. Parait il qu' a Calgary, il pleut moins qu' a Las Végas. J' ai eu un bon guide hier, et qu' aucun arbres que l' on peut voir dans la ville n' a poussés naturellement. J' avais prévu, avec le plan de la ville, et les infos piochées a droite a gauche, un bonne journée de marche, j' ai bien dépassé le quota. Je programme sur le gps le parc Victoria. En fait ce parc c' est le Stampede. Je me posais la question de savoir si la fin de ce mot, avait rapport, avec les cows boys. je n' irais pas leur demandé. Je suis rentré ... read more
tout tourne autour de cheval
de l' art
il en faut une

North America » United States July 28th 2014

We finally made it to a campground with wifi! Until now I was only able to share photos taken on our phones, and as the trip is slowly winding down I want to share some of the highlights so far.... read more
Zion National Park
Zion National Park

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago July 27th 2014

On July 23, 2014, I walked out of the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago with a bag of money. The Federal Reserve doesn't make loans or take deposits from individuals, but they gave me money anyhow. I smiled at the guard as I walked out; stay with me and I’ll tell you how you can do the same thing. The Federal Reserve is responsible for the monetary system of the United States. They design and print our money, they set interest rates, they regulate financial institutions, and they function as a bank for the nation’s banks. The integrity of the country’s financial system depends on the Federal Reserve System. There are twelve branches of the Federal Reserve around the US. One of those branches is in Chicago, and just off the lobby is the Money Museum. ... read more
Federal Reserve Building
The Grand Watermelon
fed sign

North America » United States » Minnesota » Minneapolis July 27th 2014

The weeks are going faster and faster. I was in a sampler week which meant the kids left on Wednesday. Lauren, one of the girls I worked with this week, asked me if I wanted to go stay at her house on Wednesday and Thursday which was really nice. Her house was super fancy and it was nice to have a decent shower and sleep in a proper bed. It was nice to finally have some healthy fresh food and watch DVDs and relax. I also sent a few packages home because I was running out of space in my bags and I have a restriction on bag and weight limit for the contiki. Overall it was a pretty chilled out and relaxed week which was nice for a change. On Friday night hannah and I ... read more

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