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North America » United States » California » San Diego » Coronado March 18th 2015

Good evening, welcome to my TravelBlog. In this travelogue I will be telling my best experiences and memories about my trip to San Diego CA.... read more

North America » United States » California » Los Angeles March 13th 2015

For those wondering why the posts stop in early December it is fair to say that we had a bit of mishap on the trip. Sadly Mark was struck by a vehicle in Los Angeles and was rushed to hospital on what would have been 5 December in Australia – on the evening of 4 December local date. The rest of the trip had to be cancelled and a medical evacuation was necessary 2 weeks after the accident. Thankfully he is now recovering from some fairly serious injuries back home in Australia. A big shout out to the Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles (– their care and assistance was greatly appreciated. We received tremendous assistance from our dear friends Ken and Debbie and help from complete strangers – for that we are truly thankful. We ... read more

North America » United States » California » Carlsbad March 11th 2015

When people ask me why I travel, I often say it’s because of my Viking blood. Turns out I may have been closer to the truth than I realized. A couple of months ago I’m on a first date with a perfectly nice man; let’s call him John Doe. We are in a coffee shop (OK, it’s Starbucks, but I like their espresso) in Carlsbad, California. He is nice looking, smart, financially secure, and age-appropriate for me. And single. We had taken a few classes together, but didn’t know each other well. Since he didn’t look like an axe murderer or a serial killer (and did I mention he was single?) I readily agreed when he asked me for coffee. This particular coffee shop is right under the flight path of the Palomar-McClellan Airport in Carlsbad. ... read more
Changi Airport, Singapore
Palomar-McClellan Airport, Carlsbad, CA

North America » United States » California » Placerville March 10th 2015

I've spent the majority of the day doing laundry and figuring out what I should or should not pack to a tropical country. I've never been in such an environment and no I don't consider Hawaii the tropics when you're dealing with Costa Rica. After beating my head with an entire day of searching and reading advice from other fellow travelers they say to pack things that will dry quickly and to wash clothes in the sink. Lucky for me all my hotels have a laundry service on site, so no redneck washing for me :) Now is the biggest decision I have to make, do I take a backpack and attempt to rough it or do I bring a full on suitcase? I talked to Kay and she told me that I should do the ... read more

We started our more than a month long journey from our home today in San diego, CA! We will inform you of our stops along the way! We plan to finish the states we have not been to as well as see some of Americas most beautiful sites! We plan to spend a week in the smoky mountains as well as 2 weeks on a Caribbean cruise. It should be a very fun and amazing journey with my loving wife Jennifer. This is a trip we have been planning for months! So let's see where it takes us :)... read more
First stop!

North America » United States » California » San Diego March 10th 2015

The plan for today, our last day in San Diego, is to see as much as possible of Balboa Park. Originally known simply as City Park in the 19th century, it was selected as the site of the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition to celebrate the opening of the Panama Canal and renamed in honour of the Spanish explorer. Over the years, other exhibitions were held there and other buildings built. Many were turned into museums and gradually the park became the city's museum centre. We take a taxi from the hotel to the park. We buy a package that allows us to enter up to five different museums during the day. First pick is the Air and Space Museum. It's similar to other museums of its type, with a variety of aircraft on the floor and suspended ... read more
Apollo 9 Command Module, Air and Space Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Billy Bishop's medals, Air and Space Museum, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA
Entrance to Museum of Man, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA

North America » United States » California » Riverside March 9th 2015

Well things aren't off to a great start! I bought a backpack with wheels that has lots of compartments and after packing it decided it isn't as good as the little flight attendant suitcase I always use. It is too big I think to get on some of those planes as carry on. (in the picture the suitcase is full and the backpack is empty. When the backpack is full it really accordions out!) I repacked thinking that I probably can't get a refund for the backpack since I don't have time to take it back and it will be 3 weeks before I can return it. I woke up with a soar throat and feel really weak. Then, I was going by my alarm clock, which I forgot to set ahead, and arrived at the ... read more

North America » United States » California » San Diego March 9th 2015

Here are a few fun facts about our driving habits: 1. We usually have the windows rolled down, blaring either John Mayer or alt-J. 2. Only once have I chauffeured Kayli around while she was still sleeping in bed. 3. We never drive at night. 4. We stop to explore whenever we desire. 5. We are passed by most, including semis because we rarely drive above 50 M.P.H. (We just smile and wave) With this last fact in mind, you can imagine how overwhelmed we were upon entering San Diego. We were forced to drive at speeds our poor little van could barely handle. Where are all of these people going in such a hurry anyway? After a stressful few hours on the freeway, Kayli and I found comfort in the most unlikely of places, the ... read more

For the past several months I have been googling everything I possibly can for Costa Rica. I've had friends from Australia tell me the warning signs from their embassy's page, where I then check the State Departments page about Costa Rica and they have no warnings at all. It has me pondering if our Government isn't missing something or if Australia is being overly sensitive. Hmmmm. My friends are mixed about me traveling alone to a Central America Country. After all I am a white single female and even I agree I am or would be a walking target for down there. Luckily Costa Rica is a heavy tourist vacation spot with a lot of American's living down there. I even found out that former CIA Agents retire down there, so it can't be all bad. ... read more

We visited San Francisco during October, which some local people say it is the best time to go there. I totally agreed because everything was so perfect, as you may know a climate is so wonderful there. People are so relaxed and nice. The most important thing is food, very delicious and cheap. We're immediately falling in love with this city. We went to all popular tourist attraction places. Golden Gate Bridge, for example, is magnificent and stunning. There are many sightseeing spots around the bridge, around eight viewpoints I think, which allow you to view the bridge from different angles. So awesome! The moment that we see a sunset over the bridge is unforgettable. I recommend to go at that time (Fall). Fishermans Wharf is another famous one. It is the place to see sea ... read more
Driving down on Lombard Street. Lot of fun!
View from Lombard street. You can see Coit tower.
At fishermans Wharf.

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