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North America » United States » New Mexico April 5th 2014

The next part of our road trip takes us into Indian lands - Navajo, Hopi and Apache. We are looking for ancient ruins of Puebloan dwellings and some amazing sacred landscapes. First stop is the Navajo National Monument. With our hire car we got sat nav and duly entered this location. We were gaily following its instructions along increasingly small roads until we ended up at a tiny isolated trading post in the heart of Navajo country with nary a monument or brown sign in sight. BAD sat nav!! Furnished with directions from a suitably elder like Navajoan we headed all the way back to the highway swearing not to trust the sat nav alone and not to head off without reassuring brown signage! The day featured visits to three parks. The Navajo national monument gives ... read more
Monument valley vista
Mesa Verde cliff houses
Classic New Mexico meal

North America » United States » Hawaii » Oahu April 4th 2014

Aloha Kakahiaka! We did it. We said goodbye to cold, crappy Michigan and are now soaking up the sun in beautiful Hawaii. What an amazing trip it was getting here. Since we normally drive everywhere, it was a crazy concept for us to wake up in Chicago at 4:00 am and by 3:00 pm (note the 6 hour time change) Brett, Hanna and Maggie we're snorkeling in the lagoon and Aaron and I were drinking a Lava Flow on the beach. Good Times! Really doesn't get any better than that!! Our flights were great. We had a 4 hr 44 minute flight to San Francisco and a 5 hr 25 minute flight to Honolulu. The views of the Rocky Mountains and Yosemite Valley from the plane as we came into California were breathtaking. About 25 minutes ... read more
Arriving in Honolulu!
Yosemite Valley
Beautiful Honolulu!

North America » United States » Nevada » Las Vegas April 4th 2014

Leaving behind all the wonders of the national parks, I'd organised with a friend that I had met in the hostel in Vancouver to meet up with her in Las Vegas... the only problem was that I was two days ahead of schedule. Not the end of the world... just didn't want to spend all my money hanging around the city of sin. Solution... I'd been told that just south of Flagstaff was a beautiful drive to a very picturesque town. What I failed to realise was that it meant coming down from the Colorado Plateau. Entering into Oak Creek Canyon, the road winds down over 5000 feet in just under 20 miles, but in doing so takes you through lovely gorges and serene groves of lush vegetation. The houses dotted along the sides seem to ... read more
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North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago April 4th 2014

Landed in Copenhagen with the sun shining and the weather pretty warm. The flight over was only 1hr 45mins. We were all sat separate on the plane with steph in 3a, me in 3d and Kerry in 5f. Me and Steph had some 'interesting' people sat next to us. Steph had the 'smelly sleeper' who spent the whole time asleep next to her but apparently stunk like a 'smelly man' and I had what shall be known as the 'black widow'. It was a woman dressed fully in black who proceeded to kick back take her shoes off and put her black tight coloured feet up the wall in front and the pulled a black shawl right over her face with the window shut. Err thanks I didn't want it open anyway! But apparently Chicago is ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Vancouver April 4th 2014

Well, let's keep our fingers crossed that there aren't any earthquakes overnight. I don't say that to sound facetious, but the first time I tried to make it Japan in 2011, the most devastating earthquake to hit the region happened right as I was packing the night before departure. I'll never forget the disbelief as I turned on my TV to watch the tsunami rolling in. So here's to another kick at the can. This is the most structured trip yet, as the popularity of the time of year in Japan makes accommodation hard to come by. I'll land in Tokyo and make my way south, stopping in key spots such as Nikko, Takayama, Kyoto, Nara, Mount Koya, Osaka, Hiroshima and finish off in beach bum style with a few days in the tropical Okinawa. Oh, ... read more

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North America » United States » Florida » Jupiter April 4th 2014

A three hour jaunt and we were in beautiful Jupiter, Florida. Our good friend, Joe Edgley and his family, live here. Lill, Joe's wife and my dear friend, passed away one year ago on April 15th. She is missed deeply by all. Her silent presence was felt throughout but her absence was apparent. It was so nice to see Joe again. And adding to the delight was his son, John, who joined us at our favorite café: French Connection...now known as Cathy's Beach Connection. This was the first restaurant that Lill & Joe took us several years ago. It made a lasting impression on us with it's simple outdoor, relaxing atmosphere. Their grouper dinner is scrumptious. That is what we ordered this time, also. Consistently perfect. If in the area, make sure you go here! Lulu ... read more
Lulu & Ammanda
John, Cory & Joe
Lulu poses with Cory, John & Joe

North America » United States » Illinois » Chicago April 4th 2014

Today it's Friday 4th April and we've all woken up fine with no sign of jet lag after a good nine hours sleep, it seems the delay helped a bit as we had more nap time yesterday. After skipping dinner last night we're nice and hungry for our first American breakfast which is going to be at Lou Mitchell's the famous diner at the start of Route 66. Hoping to take some photos although listening to the weather outside is awful! Howling winds and lots of rain, although being from Britain we're used to it! Today's plan is to visit willis tower, the famous bean, see the lake and a general wander round before the basketball game tonight which we've got tickets for. Today has been mostly spent on foot walking around Chicago. We've visited the ... read more
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North America » United States » Oregon » Brookings April 4th 2014

Two major items crossed off the To-Do List today. 1. Procured a ride to Medford on Saturday the 12th. We have been searching for someone who would be going that way who could drop us off at our motel. We catch the plane from Medford in the wee early hours of the 13th. A very kind couple surfaced today and offered us a ride. Ride to Medford - check! 2. The Euros arrived!!! We ordered them from our bank just a few days ago. What interesting money. Not only are the bills color coded for the different denominations but the sizes are different also. The smaller the amount of the bill the smaller in size it is. That is unique. But then I suppose we are going to be finding out a lot of "unique" things ... read more


Bon, après 3 jours de cours, je vais pouvoir vous décrire la dure vie de lycéen au Canada... Faire du 9h - 15h tous les jours c'est trop dur... Sérieusement, le lycée est juste énorme ! Vous voyez le stade olympique avec les lignes de courses, les javelots, le lancer de marteau et tout, et bah ils ont le même !!! Apres tout est comme dans les séries: les casiers, les cours de cuisine et de travail du bois, les profs hyper sympas ... Et pour ceux qui sont aller au Costa Rica et qui pensaient avoir tout vu sur le travail des élèves.... Ce que je vais dire est un peu cliché mais un gars avec casquette a l'envers, jogging, écoutant du rap, milk-shake dans la main avec le prof derrière qui dit rien ça ... read more

North America » United States » Arizona April 3rd 2014

The first edition of our American adventures is coming to you from a canyon view room at the historic Cameron Trading Post which was established in the early 1900's to allow trade with the native Navajo and Hopi tribes. We have just arrived to a bright, afternoon sun burst after a somewhat harrowing drive down from the Grand Canyon in an unfamiliar rental car on the "wrong" side of the road in a snow shower that verged on the blizzardy! Ev is a total champ for driving over here! But I digress from a linear telling of our journey so allow me to briefly backtrack. The burning question of our friends and family is no doubt how did Katy go on the loooong transatlantic flight?? I will firstly describe the flight from Perth to Sydney. The ... read more
Classic Route 66 motel
Grand Canyon view
White out at Grand Canyon




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