Blogs from North America - page 2


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 » Oregon » Portland April 17th 2014

I didn't want to spend my last morning in Hong Kong sitting around the hotel room, so I packed my bags and then went out for a walk. I strolled along past little shops selling everything you can thing of: a tiny hardware store, a large number of shops selling dried seafood products (anchovies (I think), slices of fish, seaweed, and several items I couldn't identify), a money exchange office, a 7-11, a Starbucks, a shop that appeared to be selling 4x8 pieces of plywood, and others. After a while I hopped on a tram that runs along one of the main streets and rode it to the Bank of China building. I had my passport with me, so I was able to go up to the observation floor. Clearly the view was more impressive back ... read more

North America » Mexico » Puebla » Pico de Orizaba April 17th 2014

Citaltépetl is the native word for Pico de Orizaba and means "Star Mountain." I was mildly shocked and chagrined that Orizaba (5,636 m or 18,491') is the 3rd highest mountain in all of North America. I summited early yesterday morning at 7:19 after a grueling hike and slog on the Jampa Glacier. I did not take this climb all that seriously and was not at all prepared for the extreme cold (severe cold front blew through this week) and high altitude. Now in Puebla where it is positively mobbed presumably because it is the end of Santa Semana. Nice city... US$ ≈ 13 Mexican pesos (M$) Tlachichuca Strictly one purpose town - setting up a climb of Pico de Orizaba. While not necessary, I spent the night here after the summit here but it would have ... read more
Piedra Grande Refuge
Rest Day at Piedra Grande
In the Labyrinth at O'Dark Thirty

North America » United States » Florida » Orlando April 17th 2014

This is becoming a test of my stamina. So far - so good. The girls are way ahead of me, though. They spent Tuesday at Disney's Animal Kingdom.....riding the roller coaster Yeti ride several times until they were ready to hurl. Yesterday, we all loaded into the vehicles and arrived at Universal Studios for our 2nd day pass visit. The lines going in were ginormous....I almost wondered if they would close the park due to a maximum number allowed but we made it in. It was hot and crowded. The kids took off to do "their" thing while I led the adult pack to Harry Potter for the famous butter beer. Oooooo, so yummy! Lory noticed a fellow lying on the ground taking a photo. We all looked up to see what he was photographing. WOW....there ... read more
Still Wonderful.....
Butter Beer & Tropical Drinks
Sun Halo

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle April 17th 2014

Day 7 – Stand back, I’m going to try Science! Once more, Tony sacrificed himself on the altar of work while Michelle and Anne explored Seattle. They started out with every intention of getting to the Pacific Science Center at 10. First stop was another breakfast of pastries, this time with Tony. Then they set off for the monorail to take them to The Seattle Center. On the way Anne and Michelle discovered Marbles, a toy store full of science and thinking games, toys, books, music and gadgets. Every item in the store had a working example out to play with and try. Much time was spent in the store. Anne resisted mightily and didn’t buy anything, yet. There’s always tomorrow. They finally made it to the monorail, Michelle sat up front and got to honk ... read more
Squashed Dino
A replica of the Enigma Machine used by the Germans in WWII


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

North America » United States » Washington » Seattle April 16th 2014

Day 6 – Doin’ Nothin’ The gray and rainy morning drove Michelle and Anne’s desire to stay in and relax for a day. After Tony went off to the office, Anne and Michelle ventured across the street to get some oatmeal and pastries. The oatmeal was good but the still warm croissants were the best part. Michelle had been thinking about how to build a carousel in Minecraft since she saw the one in Central Park. She spent the morning working on it. They went to meet Tony and some coworkers for lunch at Portage Bay near the offices. Portage Bay serves breakfast all-day and has some fabulous food but the best part is the topping bar for the pancakes, waffles and French toast. It has a huge mound of whipped cream, bowls full of berries ... read more
Pretty Nails
Dance, Baby, Dance!

North America » United States » California » Lake Tahoe April 16th 2014

Early start this morning waking up at 6.45, then just as we were getting ready we heard a strange noise coming from the window by stephs bed. It was a frog or a toad croaking away as if to wake us up! Natures alarm! We got ready then I went to reception to get some wifi to upload the last two days blog posts as we've struggled for wifi for the last 24 hours and to be honest I was too busy in Vegas to upload! When I get back I'll do a check through and upload some better photos. We've got a load spread over two cameras, my iPhone and video camera. It's been easier for me to upload the ones from my iPhone over the wifi rather than faff with sd cards, but to ... read more

It was suspense in the rolling through of customs. It was suspense in the reading of my new book, "The Alchemist". Taxi to an 8 hour bus ride. A 2 hour flight. Another 3 hour flight. Then a 14 hour jumbo jet-ride from east coast Africa to east coast USA and I was back in the homeland. I was anxious to see my mom, who had just undergone a stroke at only 61 and to see what had happened and support however I could. When Liz, my moms good buddy picked me up at the airport she was pretty negative about my mothers condition. Deep down though; I knew my mom. I knew that if she was still breathing, she was still fighting. We got to the Intensive Care Unit on the top floor of the ... read more

North America » Canada » British Columbia » Powell River April 15th 2014

Pour tous ceux qui m'ont demandé des nouvelles: pas grand chose de spécial ! Je suis en cours tous les jours de 9h a 15h. J'ai tous les jours cours de Maths, Sports, Physiques et cuisine. En Sports je fais volley, football américain et badminton. En cuisine j'ai fait des cookies et une omelette, rien d'extraordinaire. Vendredi soir il y avait un petit concert organiser par des élèves, c'était pas mal. Le samedi une dame est venu tondre les moutons et le dimanche ont est allé a la fête d'anniversaire d'un ami d'Austeen, le père de ma "famille" canadienne, sur la plage...... read more
Je sais que je suis pas aux USA mais bon... un aigle.
Une étoile de mer... géante... et violette ...?

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