Spencer & Sarah

Spencer and Sarah

Spencer & Sarah

Spencer & Sarah's Travels




Spencer's Mum, Sue, died on 16 May 2017. We are returning a week earlier than planned, but won't be blogging any more. Sue had a real zest for life and had been all over the world. We think she would be pleased that we were in this beautiful place, remembering her with love.... read more

North America » United States » California » Malibu May 15th 2017

This morning we were ferried to the RV Bear depot to pick up our wheels. A great RV this time, with a slide out living area giving really good kitchen/living space while still managing to have a permanent double bed (a must have for me, can't be doing with all that making up and putting away malarkey). As usual, it is a 7 berth 30ft little number. As Mrs RV Bear was showing us around I was surprised by the volume of bedding and towels provided, until she explained that due to the size of the rig she had assumed more people were coming.... We had booked a state camp site at Malibu Creek, only a half hour drive, so we would have plenty of time to unpack, go shopping for food etc. Spencer's first experience ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » LAX May 14th 2017

... is going to the car hire depot on your 52nd birthday to pick up your economy compact for the weekend, and driving out in a Mustang convertible. Oh yeah. We spent Saturday touring the hotspots, top down, ticking off Venice beach (tacky), the Griffith Observatory and Hollywood Boulevard walk of fame which was just crazy!! It was full of people demonstrating: against Trump, for Trump, pro life, pro Jesus, anti Christian. Everyone was dressed as a superhero and the Chinese tourists went mad over the Jackie Chan star, lying down on the pavement next to it to take a selfie, oblivious of the hundreds of people walking long the boulevard. I'm not sure if my favourite moment was the mounted policeman parking outside Starbucks to get a coffee to go, or meeting the bright orange ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » LAX May 13th 2017

We left London at 4pm on the 12th May, landing in Los Angeles at about 7.30pm local time. Flight with Air New Zealand was good... Pros: punctual, comfy seats with adequate space, good inflight entertainment and Spencer discovered he could order (free) food and drink electronically via the inflight entertainment system, delivered to his seat. Cons: the slighty crazy American woman I sat next to who buzzed constantly for the flight attendants and watched LaLa Land (perhaps the clue was in the name?) three times, laughing loudly in all the wrong places. Trouble free shuttle to the airport Crown Plaza where we are staying for three nights before picking up the RV... and here we are. Spencer made his usual pronouncement about the best way to beat jet lag (stay awake until the local bedtime). Before ... read more

North America » United States » New Jersey » Newark May 30th 2015

Yesterday was a long 380 mile drive to New Jersey, near to the RV depot in Middletown NJ. More than double the furthest we had gone in any one day before but we settled down to it and, nine hours later, arrived at Allaire State Campsite. A bit of a pit really and a sorry end to our trip, albeit the evening was spent packing and sorting out. Up bright and early this morning for the hand back to Road Bears RV. It felt quite strange handing back what has been home for the last three weeks. It has been an utterly amazing experience, exceeding every expectation. Thank you my wonderful husband for planning, paying, driving, putting up with me generally and making it such a fun, fabulous trip. Our flight is being called as I ... read more


This morning we visited Fort Niagara, which was apparently held a key strategic position in the fight for the continent. It is really well preserved and very interesting, was built in the 16 somethings and has been French, English, American, Native American and everything in between. Tomorrow is our 'transit' day when we head back to NYC, to be within striking distance of the RV depot for handover Saturday morning so we headed for an overnight stop at Letchworth State Park, to get us heading in the right direction. Letchworth is apparently called the Grand Canyon of the North and is a huge park. We arrived at the gate and I explained that we would like to walk along the river and see the waterfalls, but also needed to book in to camp. The camp ground ... read more
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Fearing that Officer Boyd had marked our card and that his indolent appearance was actually masking an incisive, crime fighting, zero tolerance hunter, we decided to cross the county line and head straight to the Niagara area. We carefully selected our next campsite, which was undoubtedly my favourite of the whole trip. Four Mile Creek State Campsite is on Lake Ontario near the River Niagara inlet. Beautiful and green, with grass and trees but not too heavily wooded and spotless throughout. We had a pitch right on the edge and the view of the lake from the bedroom was fabulous. Next morning we headed for Niagara Falls, which turned out to be both amazing and an anti climax. The USA side is pretty tacky and the area around it reminded me a bit of the Purley ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » Ontario May 26th 2015

Heading west, we followed the Lake Ontario shoreline, looking, without success, for something interesting to do on the way. In England, we seem to squeeze every opportunity out of anything scenic or unusual but here there is just so much that is scenic or unusual, they seem indifferent to a lot of it. The lake is staggering, so huge you can look in all directions and not see land (193 miles long and 53 wide). We selected Hamlin Beach State Park as our destination for the night. Unfortunately it was absolutely mobbed by people from nearby (grotty) Rochester having Memorial Day picnics on the beach with numerous people, children and mandatory ghetto blaster per group. Luckily it was one of the bigger parks and we headed off to the camping area which was relatively empty and ... read more
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Memorial weekend. Spencer e mailed a couple of sites before we left the UK and one had mentioned that it can get busy around then and we should book. Unwilling to be tied down to where exactly we would be, I poo poo'd it with 'I'm sure we'll get in somewhere. They can't ALL be full.' This presented Spencer with a number of opportunities.... First his predictions of doom would come true; second it would be a crisis to overcome and third (but by no means least) I would be proven wrong and the words 'I told you so' could be thought (but never actually articulated, of course). We were heading for the St Lawrence River which feeds in to the top of Lake Ontario. We found a state campsite (always our preference), Keewaydin State Park, ... read more
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North America » United States » New York » Adirondacks May 22nd 2015

It seems incredible that we have been here for more than two weeks now and are heading into the final part of our holiday. It has been utterly fantastic, we have seen and done so much and the joy of wandering around with no fixed agenda has met every expectation. We have decided to head to Niagara for our final hurrah, so are slowly moving west. Leaving the trailer park (Spencer said the showers were grotty... I, as usual, used the on board facilities) we headed to Burlington, highly recommended as the best resort on Lake Champlain. We thought it pretty average really. The best thing we found was a proper bakery where we bought a loaf of French bread for lunch. Bread in America is generally sweet, soft and mass produced so it was a ... read more
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