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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
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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.

North America » United States » California » San Diego March 8th 2015

Blissful sleep-in morning. Today the plan is to hook up with Vi's cousin Mike, who lives in San Diego. Mike and his wife (whom we have never met before) pick us up around 11 and whisk us to brunch at a really interesting restaurant called the 94th Aero Squadron. The restaurant sits alongside an old airfield that is still used by smaller single-engine planes and vintage aircraft. The restaurant picks up this theme and features decor and memorabilia from the air forces of the first and second world war. The spread is fantastic, especially the seafood, which includes about three different types of salmon, numerous shellfish, Alaska king crab and much more. Bottomless champagne flutes ensure that everyone is happy. We eat outside on a patio, where we have front-row seats to planes and helicopters landing ... read more
View of San Diego and ocean from Mt. Soledad, San Diego, CA
La Jolla Beach, San Diego CA
Pelicans at La Jolla Beach, San Diego CA

North America » United States » California » San Diego March 7th 2015

Up early to submit to U.S. customs on board, mandatory for all non-U.S. citizens. Long wait. Our guy has trouble finding our entry stamp in our passports, which I guess is more important than I thought. But, of course, it is there. Relatively efficient disembarkation. Outside the weather is beautiful; warm but not humid, not a single cloud in the sky. I call our hotel, which sends over a van to pick us up. The hotel is not too far away from the cruise port, located on the outskirts of San Diego Old Town. After checking in at the hotel, we spend the day exploring Old Town. This is a reconstruction of the original San Diego town on the original site, the first permanent European mission on the Pacific Coast in 1769 and the first official ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Lodi March 1st 2015

In September 2011 we went on a road trip, planning to stop at interesting places along the way. One very interesting spot was the city of Lodi in California. "Just about a year ago, I set out on the road... Seekin' my fame and fortune... lookin' for a pot of gold... Things got bad, and things got worse... I guess you will know the tune... Oh Lord, I'm stuck in Lodi again" For those of you who are not familiar with this song, it was made popular in the 1970's by a rock band called Creedence Clearwater Revival (who also happens to be one of my all time favorite groups). After hearing this song many times on the radio back home in Yangon, Myanmar (known as Rangoon, Burma at that time) I have always wanted to ... read more
Lodi, California
Lodi, California
Lodi, California

North America » United States » California » San Francisco February 28th 2015

I went to San Francisco! The end. But really, I'm having writer's block with the added distraction of a new trip to plan. Before I get into those juicy details, I'll do my best with the tales from my latest trip. The morning after the Superbowl, still buzzing from the high of a glorious win, Christy and I packed up Fireball (our new name for her little red Honda Fit) and ventured north to San Francisco. We stopped for gas and food and pictures in front of Andersen's Pea Soup, but otherwise the drive was smooth and uneventful. Our host for the week was none other than Brian**, the "stranger" I met on my flight back to San Diego from my visit home. Thus, we found ourselves couchsurfing in a three-bedroom, two-bath, apartment smack in the ... read more
The Golden Gate Bridge
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Today my trip would be half over. Every day after today I would be closer to home. I reluctantly left Ocean Front hostel in San Diego as it was the best hostel I would stay at on this trip. Traffic was light considering what I was expecting for Southern California and I made good time all the way to the base of mountain near Yosemite. At this point the roads narrow and go up a winding mountain route. I lowered the gear on my car and drove very slowly up the mountain. It was slow going and the roads were slippery because it had started to snow. I got to Yosemite hostel and checked in. It was deserted as the one in St Louis and I was informed they weren't expecting any tourist until a few ... read more
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North America » United States » California » Santa Clarita February 28th 2015

In September 2011 we rented a car from Hertz, and went for a week long road trip. Our starting point was Santa Clarita in Los Angeles county, the city where my daughter and family live. This entry is about our travels and stops in these two Western states of the US. California to Oregon We were planning to leave my daughter's house early in the morning, but couldn't do so as the Hertz people told us to wait until they called us to pick up the car at their office in downtown Santa Clarita. They called us only around 10 am, and one of their employees came to fetch us. After completing all the paperwork at the Hertz office we took our rental car back to my daughter's house to load our luggage. We didn't have ... read more
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Oxnard, California
Southern California




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