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North America » United States » California » Eureka October 9th 2015

Finally made up to northern California to admire the redwood, there is not much I can say to describe the magnificence and splendor of the mighty giants.... read more
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North America » United States » California » Santa Ana October 2nd 2015

Dat Thy's Wedding 9-29-1984 Dathy's wedding 9 29 1984... read more

North America » United States » California » San Francisco » Mission October 2nd 2015

I took my students from my Culture of travel class to one my favorite Nicaraguan restaurants in San Francisco, CA. The food was delicious as always. After eating we went to Dolores park and had a great time. ... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles » Santa Monica September 30th 2015

The drive from Santa Barbara to Death Valley was long to say the least – just the odd 8 or so hours with stops. Once we arrived at the park entrance it was starting to get proper hot, around the 35 degree mark. However, this was up at the higher elevations, as soon as we descended into the valley it got superhot topping out at 46 degrees. Whilst down in the valley we braved the heat for about 10 minutes to go and see the Mesquite Sand Dunes – quite a site seeing dunes that are not on the coast. We decided after the monster drive that we would go straight to our hotel after this at Beatty (just outside the park). It was an alien themed place taking advantage of UFO believers travelling to nearby ... read more
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes
Not much lives in Death Valley
Hottest that it got

North America » United States » California » San Diego September 26th 2015

The time had finally come to leave Miami and the East Coast and head to the other side of the country and check out the equally warm (but less humid) San Diego. I landed at 10pm and decided to save money and instead of forking out on a cab I would follow the ways of the locals and get the bus. "10:30pm, it should be quite quiet and it's only a mere 2 miles to my hostel so it'll be easy enough", I thought. Well 10:30 is apparently clocking-off time for a load of people in the airport so I squeezed on to the bus with my bags strapped to my back and front, sweating one out feeling like an overworked pack-mule. I perched at the front between a Mexican woman of size, and a Mexican ... read more
Waterfront Park
Little Italy Market
The Harbour

Yes I know I have stolen a famous quote and it's not the same Valley at all but it came into my head whilst on my mammoth mini bus day trip to Death Valley. ... 450 miles , set off 6.30 am back at 7.30 pm . I wouldn't have missed it for the world, the scenery was stupendous , awe inspiring and way beyond any expectations I had . These small tours are an excellent way to see something special and with such a knowledgeable guide and no driving for me it was perfect. (And thanks Richie and Catherine for giving this trip to me for my birthday pressie). The guide Ralph was an expert in all subjects and regained us with stories for hours on end ... Explaining the geology ( just my thing ... read more

North America » United States » California » Santa Barbara September 25th 2015

So we left our home near San Francisco, a little sad to be leaving such a great place but very excited to be heading back to the coast again! After a brief stop in Santa Cruz - best described as Blackpool with sun - we picked up Highway 1 down to Carmel-by-the-Sea, where we’d booked a campsite for a couple of nights. It turned out that this campsite was quite something: swimming pool with fancy chairs around the edge, wifi (on a campsite?!) and views over to the lovely hills behind. When we hit Carmel itself that evening, it all became clear – this was a very fancy place! We found an Olde English Sweet Shoppe with everything from Crunchies to Digestives… but I couldn’t bring myself to spend £1.50 on a Curly Wurly so left ... read more
Big Sur (day 1)
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Misty Big Sur

North America » United States » California » El Cerrito September 21st 2015

Arriving in San Francisco was a different experience to our last visit 5 years ago. Instead of being surrounded in fog we arrived in a massive heatwave and blue skies. So our first day of exploring saw us hire bikes (as the tourists do) and bike over the Golden Gate Bridge. Views of the bridge were unbelievable! The bike ride was good fun too, especially once we got over the bridge and it was all downhill to Sausalito. On our way to the bike rental place we stumbled across the part of Lombard Street that has the famous zig-zags on it. Later on, we rewarded our aching legs (mainly due to me wanting to cycle an extra few miles to see the baseball ground which ended up being pointless as we couldn’t really see any of ... read more
Golden Gate Bridge from SF side
Princess Toadstool
Golden Gate Bridge from Sausalito side

Leaving Yosemite, it should have been a fairly short 3 hour drive to King’s Canyon National Park, through which we planned to drive to get to Sequoia. Once we left Fresno however, it became obvious that it might take longer than we thought as we started to see signs informing us that access to King’s Canyon was shut due to wildfires. Stupidly, we decided to carry on – surely there would be a diversion, wouldn’t there? As it was, we ended up having to go quite the scenic route to get to Sequoia via its South entrance… but we made it, eventually. Driving into the national park, the road wound dramatically upwards and the trees were getting bigger, more colourful and more impressive. The sighting of a baby bear distracted me from my car sickness. He ... read more
Inside the tree
Moro Rock

North America » United States » California » Napa September 19th 2015

Yesterday (Friday, 18th) - Disaster Strikes! A stupid landscaping truck bounced a rock off of his load and cracked our windshield, but it's in a spot that won't bother our trip. It did bother our spirits for a bit, then we exited off in Cloverdale and found this great BBQ place that made everything better -- it's called the Hamburger Ranch and BBQ (go for the ribs and slaw). Lots of hills and curvy roads for us to show off our car (Zoom Zom) and currently Bob is undefeated in his constant race to go nowhere fast. We checked into the Wine Valley Lodge, famous for having an "Elvis" room and because we got in late and we charmed them, they upgraded us to the Elvis "suite". It was quite roomy, decorated in gold and red, ... read more

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