Blogs from Bakersfield, California, United States, North America

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Well, it is always something. I had looked at all of the car rental sites trying to determine which SUV/Sport Wagon style car would be best for our car camping in Iceland. Lots of cars are listed but they are European models so hard to know exactly what they are. Our concern is that the back area is big enough with seats down. We have a tent, but in the event, there are high winds or heavy rains we need something that we can sleep in. We determined what we thought was the equivalent of the Hyundai i10 and at the Hyundai car lot, we asked if they had the model we were looking for. The salesperson pulled out a car, we put the back seat down and climbed in, laying down to see how we’d ... read more


I couldn't get into this blog for some time, then gave up. Now, responding to a post, I find that the blog is back. Only 3 years later. So I'm back! And here is my latest blog: Well, so much for blogging the remainder of our last trip. I suspect that I needed a break from the laptop. Instead of this blog, I started a photo blog which did not require a laptop or writing something intelligible. We did return from a great trip to Canada and are now in desperate preparations for 5 summer trips. How did we get to this place? We wanted to have some time to breathe. Alas…. So our first trip will be to head back to Northeast Cali, actually just into Nevada, where kids now live. Our oldest grandson is ... read more

North America » United States » California » Bakersfield September 6th 2014

It's countdown time for my wife and I to visit Scandinavia. Train passes (Select 4 country pass) ...check. Train reservations....check. We will arrive in Dusseldorf flughafen on Sept 18. Train to Copenhagen...1 night...then train to Stockholm for 7 nights. Then train to Oslo for 5 nights. Then back to Copenhagen for 5 nights....and on the Dusseldorf and home. This is our 28th trip to Europe, with (after this trip) only 6-7 countries not visited. My wife is Estonian and is very much looking forward to herring and meatballs. At the end of this trip we will have visited 68 countries!... read more


Travel day to Bakersfield, Ca. overnight at Bakersfield River Run RV Park. Extremely clean and neat. Temp. 108. Travel day to Oakhurst, Ca. for our base camp for Yosemite. High Sierra RV Park is one of the few campgrounds in the Yosemite area. We will never stay here again. My RV is 34 ft, and anything larger would never fit no matter what their webpage, or what they tell you over the phone.... read more
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So 3 days and counting! We have rented our cars. Since a car may only be rented for 28 days max, we have rented a 9 passenger van for 3 days. We will be able to fit all of us, including Belgium friends while we travel around Brussels. This van we prepaid so we even saved a little money. We have rented a Peugeot SUV for 28 days, which is what we will drive to Germany, Austria, Denmark, and on. This is a 6 passenger, diesel. We hope that we can sleep in it if it is too cold or rainy. We have plans to camp when possible. We will take sleeping bags, a tent, a cooking pot, utensils, all the things we can think of that we will need for camping. We have a friend ... read more


Well it really is always something! We were only home 2 days last week, Sat & Sun. We had inspections on Monday, babysat on Tues-Thurs, and drove to Eureka to inspect on Friday and then drove home arriving that night. We had to leave again on Monday for inspections that evening and Tues a.m. This has left little time to do much more planning. But it has given us some windshield time, I got lots of work done but then we had time to think thru some of what we need to take, starting lists of things to pack. Our German friend, Dieter, couldn’t reach me thru email. He had to copy his email onto my facebook page with info which included where we will meet and when. I’ve had to rethink how I respond as ... read more


Well we do love our maps, although I tease Dale about being in love with his maps. We have now obtained maps for driving throughout Europe, free with our AAA Plus. I do find that it is easier to see the big picture before narrowing it down to the details. We find the places we want to go to then Google map them for mileage. Google maps will show the distance in miles or km and I find it easier to plan using miles. So after Google mapping the places we want to go and finding the miles we really had planned to drive, we found that several days would mostly be spent driving. Lots of driving is not a good plan for a vacation, especially with a teenager along. We took another look at the ... read more


This is crazy, I’m leaving for Europe in only 9 days. I’ve only just started to think about this trip seriously. And I’ll be gone for 1-1/2 months, YIKES! So we had planned to mostly travel by train, a similar trip to ours 3 years ago. But this time we had planned to rent an RV for the last 2 weeks. Plans that were all well and good but were completely wrong. There will be 6 of us traveling to Germany, 2 will return to Germany and 4 of us will go onto Salzburg. Then 3 of us will go the remainder of the trip. The problem? Train tickets would cost nearly $3,000 and an RV for 2 weeks $2,500. Finding all of that info sent us back to the beginning. Avis sent me a link ... read more


We are getting our act together for our Europe trip. Finally!!! I bought airplane tickets for Dale and our grandson. They will fly out on a Tuesday arriving in Brussels on Wed a.m., the same day that our granddaughter and I fly to Brussels from Rome. I wish we could arrive in Brussels close to the same time but I doubt that it will happen that way. I haven’t even looked at tickets for our flight. Guess I should do that. Our younger granddaughter is planning to go with Dale but has decided not to go to Finland. Since her dates of return are not known yet we will get her tickets maybe next week. I did look and see that the Mozart Requiem is still being performed on Saturdays in Vienna at the St Charles ... read more

North America » United States » California » Bakersfield February 5th 2014

Just when I started planning our Europe trip, again, I was called away but fortunately for claims nearby. Finally I’m done and back to our lives as they were months ago, at least for today. We’ve been planning a trip to Europe for this summer, specifically to Poland and South Russia to visit the lands of Dale’s great-grandparents. We were planning to meet up with some friends in both Poland and South Russia during this trip. Alas, as life goes, our friends’ plans changed and they will not be in Europe during our dates. I went back to our plans and we found that we’d lost interest in Poland, it doesn’t seem to be an easy country to visit and transportation isn’t easy. As for Russia, we are not thrilled with the government, visas are expensive ... read more




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