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Sep 7, 2014 - Back to LA and onwards to Rarotonga

Today was spent driving back to Los Angeles before heading for the airport in the evening. If you only have a short time in LA we discovered the best thing was to head for Griffith Observatory in Griffith Park. This is situated on a hill overlooking the city from which you get stupendous views including the Downtown area, Hollywood and all of the surrounding mountains. It is also a free museum with everything you want to know about our galaxy and the planets. From there we drove to Hollywood and took a look at the Walk of Fame which...

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Sep 6, 2014 - Dana Point and San Clemente

After yesterday's mammoth drive we stayed local today. At 8am we went in search of breakfast (Denny's do a good line in breakfast) after which we enjoyed a walk to Dana Point, watching the surfers and coming across a Tall Ships Festival. I have never seen so many pirates. We really feel we are in Beach Boys territory here and I can't get their songs out of my head (Surfin' USA and California Girls to name but two). Their legacy runs deep here and being a sunny Saturday every one was out in the park at Dana Point with their families and surf...

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Sep 5, 2014 - Joshua Tree National Park

We had intended to drive down the coast to San Diego whilst we are here but the weather dawned cloudy and grey and if yesterday was anything to go by it would take much of the morning for the sun to break through on the coast. I had also been put off by the fact that San Diego is the 8th largest city in the USA (hard to believe, I know). Can you name the seven that are larger? I really didn't want to spend the few precious days that we have in the USA negotiating traffic in one of their largest cities. So we set off inland where we were...

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Sep 4, 2014 - RMS Queen Mary

On arrival in Los Angeles, we stayed our first night on board the RMS Queen Mary which is now a floating hotel at Long Beach. We had a state room on Deck A which was much like a normal hotel room but with Art Deco fittings and decor from the 1930s. After an excellent breakfast in the Promenade deck cafeteria we did an audio tour of the ship which was all included in the hotel room price. Although many parts of the ship are now closed off as it has been radically altered over the years since she was an ocean going liner, it was fascinating...

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Sep 3, 2014 - London to LA

We'll, some 20 months after our last long-haul trip to SE Asia we are off on our travels again and as I write we are passing over Greenland on our way to Los Angeles on the first leg of a round the world trip. It doesn't get much more exciting than that! Watching/listening to a 'live'concert by Crowded House (who are from New Zealand) on board flight NZ1, an All Blacks liveried Boeing 777-300ER of Air New Zealand you could believe that we are on our way to New Zealand. We are in a round about way as The Cook Islands in the South Pacific are...

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Jun 24, 2014 - Today is the day!

'Ello Friends and family, Welcome to our travel journal!! We wanted to be able to communicate and keep everyone updated from abroad. Today marks the first day of our trip! Our flight leaves from LAX at 4:45pm and we are looking forward to the 12 hour flight that is waiting for us. ;) Love you guys!

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May 30, 2014 - Getting Ready

OK, the last thing I need to be doing right now is blogging. I have a doctoral prospectus that needs to be evaluated, an article I'm doing reviewing for inclusion int eh Journal of Youth Ministry, I have two book chapters I'm writing, and I have three more syllabi to get ready for fall. And I leave for LAX in about 15 hours! Still, I should have time on the plane, right? Feeling blessed today. God has allowed me to meet my parents and a friend in Portugal for about a 10 day vacation. Traveling with my parents is a hoot. We don't move very...

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May 7, 2014 - Once in a lifetime experience.....torrential rain in the desert!

WOW! We got to experience torrential rains in the desert, which necessitated change of plans for today. The roads around The Dead Sea are flooded, school for the local children has been suspended and even Maasada is closed. But, as in every storm there is a silver lining...we will get to go to an Airforce Museum and the special Hagana Museum, something that our hosts and our fabulous guide, Sara, were able to improvise. When our children are older they will be able to come back to Israel on a Birthright trip and experience Masada and the...

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May 7, 2014 - Greetings from Be'er Sheva

The weather is cooperating and it's not to hot. We just left Be'er Sheva, visiting Abraham's Well exhibit, and are on our way to Yokneam, where we will hike....as long as our WiFi holds, we will be posting pictures to Shutterfly...Shalom from the Negev!

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May 6, 2014 - Auckland New Zealand to Los Angeles USA

This is just a quick entry to register our arrival in the United States on the journal map system. It was a very wet day when we returned the motorhome and transferred to Auckland international airport. We arrived 3 hours prior to boarding and checked in. Nigel managed to mislay the passports but after a mild panic he found them. We expected more in the way of culinary delights at the airport lounge.We opted for Whopper burgers, fries and onion rings whilst waiting for the flight, a meal fit for a king? (Excuse the pun). We used up our 30...

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May 3, 2014 - Los Angeles

LA The highlight of our last day at sea, in addition to more food and more cards, was more booze in the form of a wine tasting and musical/comedy. On this trip, we have meet some great people, ate way too much, and a lot of fun. It will be hard to match, but like all good things, it has to end. To those of you who we met and got to know, thanks for taking us along, and for those of you who follow our wanderings, in two weeks we start our RV summer adventure. See you along the road.

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Apr 30, 2014 - I

Wow, today was our once in a lifetime day as we travelled around LA in a limo for the day. Our driver Tim was amazing. He picked us up at 10.00am and we returned after 7.00pm tonight. The kids got the biggest surprise and had an absolute ball. The girls would quickly get used to this lifestyle if they could as you will see by the photos. Sipping lemonde from a champagne flute whilst watching a movie - doesn't get much better than that in their eyes! Joel talked Tim's ear off but Tim didn't mind and they became good buddies throughout the...

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