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Jan 6, 2015 - The Great Departure for the West Coast!

So here we are all packed and ready to go. House is taken care of. Unplugged the cat and put her away until we get back, and a nice forecast of cold weather in the upcoming week. A good time to get on a plane and head to somewhere a little warmer. So off we go to the airport. After going through the extreme and rigorous process known as US customs we were on the other side waiting for our plane to depart. After we shared a nice early dinner of Quesadilla's and Poutine at the airport lounge our plane was finally ready to leave after a 45min...

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Oct 18, 2014 - Day 1 in Los Angeles

Day 22: The day started at our RV park in Orange County were we set off to see the beach. As you do in LA we hit lots of traffic but we made to Santa Monica Pier around 10.30am so we went straight for a walk along the pier. Arriving on the pier it was like I'd been there before, my playstation game Grand Theft Auto has a pier that must of been based on Santa Monica even the surrounding area was the same. After that we still had some time left in the day as no-one else wanted to take a bike ride along the beach so we headed to the La Brea...

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Oct 17, 2014 - Morro Bay to Los Angeles

Day 21: The final drive back to LA. We left Morro Bay at 9am and started the final leg to our trip back into LA, we will be three days ahead of due date but Yosemite is still not good for sight seeing. This time it is forest fires. We stopped at Santa Barbara on the way for a quick bit to eat and another Starbucks White Chocolate Mocha (very good). When we hit LA we got the wonderful LA traffic, very slow run the rest of the way to the RV park we would be staying in. The first place we want to stay and no room left but I think we found a...

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Sep 27, 2014 - Leaving for Los Angeles

Day 1: We flow out of Brisbane on time. Had a very not nice lady at check-in at Brisbane Airport. Landed in LA on the 27th of September @ 6.30am after the checks we found that my luggage was no where to be found and it possible had not even left Brisbane. After a coffee we jumped in a cab and arrived @ Cruise America. We got great service here and were on our way by 10am (after putting $100 fuel in the RV). From here we headed to Bishop, stopping @ Rosamond McDonalds for lunch and Lone Pine for more fuel (another $150). We arrived in Bishop...

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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

Well, 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 - 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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