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May 22, 2017 - San Francisco to LAX

Up early this morning, partly because I went to sleep so early and also because we are off to Los Angeles today to catch our flight home. We arrived at the Budget office a bit early and collected our car, a black Ford Focus. The plan was to have a leisurely drive down the coast road, stopping for a nice lunch and then arriving at LAX about 7:00pm. We received directions from the Budget staff on how to get to Highway 101 and off we went. The directions were spot on so we were soon on our way. We stopped in Morgan Hill along our way to buy a...

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May 15, 2017 - Show me the way to st Louis, show me the way.........

Last day in Modesto today - the days have flown. Sad to leave V&T as they are the best hosts. Packed up and breakfasted by 10:30, we headed out about 11. Back through the almonds and walnuts, past the peaches, and soon onto a 5 lane freeway. As the clock ticked closer to our check in time, we still seemed far away. Next it was the San Mateo bridge across the bay ( like a Tasman bridge tacked onto a 6 lane x many km long concrete Bowen bridge) , then a short drive up to the airport. We arrived with 5 min to spare and V&T dropped us off -...

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Apr 24, 2017 - Los Angeles PHOTOS TO BE ADDED

We slept until about 9:30 so we're both feeling rested. The plan for today is to buy a ticket on the hop on hop off bus and see as much of the city as we can from the top of a bus. We don't have any great desires to visit any museums or attractions, just get an overall view of the city. The routes took us through downtown LA, Hollywood, Belair and various other spots. Pete's big moment was when we went into Hooters for a late lunch/early dinner. I don't think either of us knew what to expect however the girls in their tiny shorts and with...

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Apr 19, 2017 - Mildura to Los Angeles

Usually, you go to the airport, catch the plane & land where you’re supposed to but that didn’t happen today. I set the alarm for 4:30am & ordered a taxi for 5:30am. All went well – the taxi arrived right on time & I had no problem booking my bags through to Vancouver. However, while I was in the taxi I got a text message that the flight from Melbourne to LAX was delayed which was just as well because the 6:30am Mildura flight didn’t leave until 8:00am because of fog in Melbourne. By the time I got to the Qantas lounge in Melbourne, QF93,...

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Canada 2017

Apr 6, 2017 - Hooray for Hollywood (or not).

After a day at sea relaxing and enjoying it the entertainment, we arrive in Los Angeles. LA is America's third largest city with a population of 3,900,000. We are going on a tour, Highlights and Hollywood homes. We board a coach to take us to Hollywood. We travel along the highway with 12 lanes of traffic and our guide points out places of interest, used in films etc. LA looks a bit grubby and not as pretty as San Francisco. We arrive in Hollywood and transfer to a smaller open top mini bus. We are taken on a journey for two hours and our...

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Mar 30, 2017 - The Getty Museum

Oh how great it is to get a full nights' sleep! We woke at 8:30, very late for us, feeling refreshed and ready for another day. Breakfast was surprisingly good and varied with freshly made omelette and fresh waffles. Deciding to visit the Getty Museum we tossed up how to get there and chose to use buses. Google maps told us that it would take about one and a half hours. The card reader on the bus was malfunctioning so the driver simply waved everyone aboard and refused to take our cash fare. The journey down Santa Monica Boulevard passed...

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Mar 29, 2017 - Los Angeles here we are

At Tullamarine we met Karen and 30 St Helena students. The purpose of their trip being to perform a production at Disneyland and then do drama workshops in New York, They were on the same flight as us. Our flight from Melbourne was long and uneventful. Neither of us managed to get much sleep and I watched four or five movies to pass the time. The painful part came after we disembarked to find that there were 8 or 9 other planes, including three from Australia that had landed at the same time. The queues to get through immigration and...

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Feb 5, 2017 - ...and we're off!

Up at 3:15 am. My husband, Rip Van Winkle, who can sleep on command could not fall asleep last night. Me, the one who gets up and reads in the middle of the night and can never sleep did just fine till the alarm went off. We are at the Tampa airport drinking $4 coffee and taking bad selfies. I had my knees padded down again even after the puffer booth. I admit my knees appear to be packed with something but I am equally sure excessive knee "Fat " is not illegal. Dick has just confessed he forgot his toothbrush. Note: Not all women should...

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Over to Downunder

Jan 2, 2017 - Trip to Sydney

The International Association for the Study of Youth Ministry has their bi-annual meeting in Sydney this week, so I'm going. I've never been to Australia. I found a frequent flyer mile ticket, booked the trip, and signed up to attend the conference. I'll arrive about the time the conference begins. When it is over on Friday, I'll transfer to an AirBnB room and spend a few days seeing the city. I leave on Monday night, Jan. 2, at about 10 p.m. and arrive in Sydney around noon on Wednesday, Jan. 4. Looking forward to exploring. Will try to...

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PK 2 Australia

Dec 10, 2016 - Nicaragua volcano

We had a lovely full day tour in San Juan Del Sur Nicaragua We toured a village and an active volcano plus the countryside Very informative trip. The full day excursion went to Grandad, the volcano national park, and to a village market. It was 100 minutes each way. Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the hemisphere. They have had three dictators who have made the standard of living very poor. Poor health care, poor education, poor infrastructure. Very sad to see how different it is from the neighboring countries.

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Dec 9, 2016 - Nice Day at Sea - Day of the Dead Celebration onboard

A nice day at sea on our way to Nicaragua. Each day we have a chance to go to two lectures that are very informative. One is given by a National Geographic Archeaologist for an hour on key spots in Central and South America. The other is by a very witty trip guide who has very good info on the area and general tidbits. Today we learned that 50% of the passengers were US citizens. The other half are from a combination of mostly Asian countries, Australia, and Canada, plus a few other sprinkled in. Very international group. We are getting our...

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Dec 8, 2016 - Sailing to Nicaragua

We are at sea headed to Nicaragua day after tomorrow. Spent yesterday in Manzanilla Mexico. Very much summer here in mid eighty range no 80% humidity. The captain says we are headed in to a storm tonite with 40knot winds. He said to put all glass objects on the floor so they don't fall𯘀Reminds me of hurricane Matthew, Over 1,000guests on the ship are from Asia and large tour groups together. Haven't run in to free wifi yet so I'm making this brief. More pictures to come when we get to free wifi.

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