Sarah and Rob

SarahandRob

Sarah and Rob




Europe » United Kingdom » England » Buckinghamshire » Chesham July 15th 2009

Day 142 - Seattle, WA - New York, NY We had an early start to catch our plane at 7.15am. It was a fairly stress-free flight but it did take 5 hours to travel the width of America! We arrived at 4pm NYC time and caught a taxi to our hotel. The taxi drive was pretty crazy and we both felt very sick....the taxi driver did not get a tip and Rob justified it with "well it was s*** driving and s*** music!". Luckily he did not drive away with our bags. The hotel is very basic but is in a very good location in Midtown. We dumped our bags and went straight off in search for New York pizza as we were starving. We headed towards Times Square and found a good little independent shop ... read more
New York City
New York City
New York City

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Buckinghamshire » Chesham July 14th 2009

Day 135 - Yellowstone NP, WY - Butte, MT We woke up and headed to Mamouth Hot Springs in the north of the park. It was one of the nicest geo-thermal areas of the park. We carried on north through the park into Montana and headed for Chico Hot Springs. We paid $4 for our swim and they had two pools; one of which was really hot and another which was too hot! They also sold beer for $1 a can so some of us just floated around with a few beers which was nice! We then had a short 4 hour ride in the van before we got to Butte, a run-down old mining town. After setting up camp and having a slightly unsuccessful curry for dinner we headed into town. I can safely say ... read more
Chico Hot Springs
Glacier NP
Glacier NP

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Buckinghamshire » Chesham July 10th 2009

Day 127 - Ouray, CO - Arkansas River, CO We got up nice and early so we could do a cooked breakfast. I took the reigns in the kitchen as no-one else seemed to want to take responsibility for running the skillet so I cooked up a feast of fried eggs and bacon. After a scrumptious breaky we headed over to Box Canyon falls for a short walk up and down a spectacular, unique glacial waterfall. We then headed across town to do a longer 5 mile walk on The Beer Creek Trail up to an old mine. The initial climb was pretty tough as we started at nearly 2000m above sea level but once we were up the views were beautiful with the valley, snowy mountain tops and waterfalls to take in. We stopped ... read more
Denver, CO
Rocky Mountain NP
Rocky Mountain NP

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Buckinghamshire » Chesham July 6th 2009

Day 120 - Las Vegas We were not meeting the tour until early evening so we used the last day in our hotel to gym, swim and wash! We also had sneaky burger from a burger joint we had been eying up on the strip for lunch which was yummy but the bread (as always) was a bit funky. We went to meet the group at 7 ish and we headed straight to dinner. On initial impressions the group all seemed really nice, with a good mix of Nationalities including Italians, Korean and Australians. The tour guide is friendly but also looks like a typical hardcore camper with full face of hair etc and he seemed a bit useless at organising things (my pet hate!). We had a nice dinner at an American style Italian restaurant ... read more
Las Vegas
Zion NP
Zion NP

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Buckinghamshire » Chesham July 6th 2009

Day 114 - Los Angeles - San Diego We left the Ghetto in good time as we wanted to get to San Diego in time to watch the Champions League Final, which was an 11.45am kick-off our time. We found a good little sports bar after being rejected from the only English Pub in the city that we had in mind (it was apparently to busy, although it would have had room for at least another 100 people had it been in England!) and settled down in front of the screen to watch the game. There were quite a few Mexicans supporting Barcelona but it was a fairly relaxed and friendly affair. Rob still insisted on getting very angry at the "diving" of some of the Barcelona players and I had to calm him down! ... read more
San Diego
Joshua Tree NP
Joshua Tree NP


Day 107 - San Francisco - Yosemite NP We had a morning of sorting our lives out before leaving Pat and Robert's around midday. It was back to living out of our bags after a week and a half of luxury! We set off to try and find San Andreas Fault but we failed in our mission - the Tomtom did not live up to it's usual standards! We still had a nice drive around Los Altos Hills though so the time was not wasted. Once we had admitted defeat we set off on our way to Yosemite National Park. It was a long drive so we did not arrive until 7.00pm but the last hour of driving into the park really got the juices flowing, we went to bed very excited about the next ... read more
Yosemite
Yosemite
Yosemite


Day 103 - San Francisco So this was our second Saturday 16th May! We were staying with Pat and Robert (some of my parents friends who moved out to America about 13 years ago) for the first four nights in San Fransisco and they were waiting for us at the airport to take us back to there house in Los Altos Hills (a sunny suburb outside of foggy San Fransisco!). It was very nice to go back to a nice house after such a mammoth day of traveling and there was a big fat sun awaiting us when we arrived. We settled ourselves in, had some lunch and chilled out for a few hours but decided that we had to do something otherwise we would not manage to stay awake until the evening. We took ... read more
Big Basin Redwoods State Park
San Francisco
San Francisco

North America » United States » California » Palo Alto May 20th 2009

Day 94 - Townsville - Mission Beach (Magnetic Island) We caught an early ferry over to Magnetic Island from Townsville, a really pretty island just off the coast. When we arrived at the ferry terminal we hopped on a bus to one end of the island and from here we walked to some more secluded bay one of which was called Florence Bay and it was beautiful even with the dark clouds looming above. We had a little sit on a rock before heading back to catch the bus back and we were lucky to get to the shelter in time before it started tipping it down (it only rains on average on 45 days a year and we managed to be there on one of those days!). We decided to get the ferry back a ... read more
Magnetic Island
Port Douglas
Atherton Tablelands

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville May 6th 2009

Day 89 - Hervey Bay - Mackay Today we just drove, drove and drove some more! We covered about 750km (look at the map) of road and apart from one town we passed through we saw about 10 other houses! We were really tired when we got to a campsite to stop at for the night and felt pretty rubbish. Day 90 - Mackay - Airlie Beach We set off early to have some time in Eungella National Park before making our way to Airlie Beach. We started off heading to Broken River, where we did a short walk to a platypus lookout. We were so lucky to see 2 platypuses as it is usually very rare to see them during daylight. They are so cute and a lot smaller than you would expect. We have ... read more
Whitsunday Islands
Whitsunday Islands
Whitsunday Islands

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Hervey Bay April 30th 2009

Day 79 - Byron Bay This is the day when we wrote our last blog and re-did all our photo's that had disappeared. The weather was absolutely foul with torrential rain all day so we were not exactly missing out. We did drive out to Mount Warning but we couldn't try and climb it as it is too unsafe in heavy rain. All in all it was a frustrating day stuck in a wet seaside town (we were starting to feel Australia is a rainy country!). Day 80 - Byron Bay - Southport (Gold Coast) Before we set off on our trip to Coolangatta on the Gold Coast we made a quick visit to Cape Byron Lighthouse before all the crowds. We made the short walk to the most Easterly point on mainland Australia and ... read more
Coolangatta
Brisbane
Brisbane




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