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Sep 12, 2013 - Return to Los Angeles

Back in California and not a cloud to be seen. Hot and dry with fries on the side! After a short stint on the I40 we got onto Route 66 proper for about 100 miles. Almost deserted but otherwise beautiful scenery. As we were alone on the road it was almost as fast going. Passed very few places which were barely residences but we're there for breaks in the old days. Nothing like a little desert ride along the plains between big adss hills, would have been middle of nowhere back then. Hang on, still is! Pulled in before Barstow for fuel, and...

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USA HD Trip 2013

Sep 7, 2013 - Last day in New York and the USA

We have had a great time in New York. Since I last wrote we have been to the intrepid sea and space museum that is housed on and in an aircraft carrier. As well as really fast planes ( as commented by phill and the boys many times) on the upper deck they also have a space shuttle and you can climb to the bridge of the aircraft carrier etc and they have museum displays in the hanger below deck. After the intrepid museum we went on a cruise along the Hudson River ( were shown were the passenger plane crashed) and told about how staff of the...

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Sep 2, 2013 - New York

Since we last wrote we have been shopping and walked through Central Park to go to the American museum of natural history (which is where the 'Night at the museum' movies were filmed). The museum had the most amazing collection of dinosaur bone skeletons and I read that 85 percent of them are actual real bones rather than casts. They also have a 34 ton meteorite on display whose weight is reinforced through the different levels of the building to the basement. Today phill and Isaac headed to the see the Yankees play. Unfortunately it was...

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Aug 30, 2013 - New York

We have now arrived in New York. The trip from Niagara Falls to New York took longer than expected because we had a 2 hour delay due to storms over New York. We saw this as a benefit as it had the potential to delay some of the us open tennis matches hopefully ensuring that some of the good players were still playing their singles matches on the day we had tickets. We eventually made it to our apartment which is really great and is located in a brown stone building two blocks from Central Park and really close to the subway. On our first...

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Aug 28, 2013 - San Francisco and Niagara Falls

We have been so busy physically travelling between destinations and fitting in everything that we have wanted to see that I haven't found the time to write. The days are long here with it getting dark about 8pm and so we are often eating dinner around that time and then just collapsing in bed. Our time in San Francisco was great. When we first drove into the city I had doubts because we were all taken back by the large number of homeless people. Literally hundreds! Local people told us that many of them have drug addictions etc. On every...

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Aug 23, 2013 - Overnight in San Francisco and Yosemite national park

We haven't been able to write the last few days because we haven't been able to get Internet reception which is funny given that we are staying at the most expensive hotel in our trip and we had great reception at the cheap ones. We arrived in San Francisco safely and stayed overnight in a hotel close to the airport. For dinner we went to a pizza place. Our pizza was almost the width of our table (about 40cm) diameter so it had to be on a stand so our plates would fit on the table. The next day we went to a local shopping mall and then...

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Aug 17, 2013 - Universal studios and Hollywood tour

Yesterday we visited Universal studios. We enjoyed our day but it was very hot and the crowds were huge. We had had the option of buying a front of line pass but didn't knowing that most of the rides here are too scary for Isaac and Jacob. We went on and enjoyed the studio tour and the water world show plus some small attractions however overall we thought universal studios was more like a Gold Coast theme park. It really had nothing on Disneyland which far exceeded our expectations. At the end of the day I felt a bit ill from the heat but...

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Jul 6, 2013 - Last Day in Rarotonga before flying to L.A.

We had late check-out today because of our midnight flight. We had our last buffet breakfast. The fresh fruit every day has been awesome. We packed our bags for the flight home and checked out in the late afternoon. We drove around the island again and I'm feeling a little sad that this wonderful trip is coming to a close. We didn't want to sit in the car driving around all day and then sit in the plane all night, so we went back to the resort for the afternoon. We had a late lunch at the resort grill overlooking the ocean and got some...

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Jul 5, 2013 - The wolf pack in Vegas

Vegas day 2, things were looking up I hit the hotel shop and brought any drug I could get my hands on to make me feel better. I think it was lack of fresh air and lots of air conditioning with no windows, the drugs helped. Brett and I set out for Caesars Palace to return the car, took us about 90 minutes, 10 minutes to get there and 80 to find Hertz and how to get out of the hotel! It was massive. We took the girls for a buffet brekky at More at the Luxor and headed to the North Outlet stores. We had been told by many that this was the best...

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The 4 Man Wolfpack

Jul 4, 2013 - Leaving the OC and crossing the desert

This morning we checked out of the Hyatt at Orange County and picked up our rental car. Brett was driving, the left hand drive didn't worry him as his Mustang is a left hand drive but we all had to be alert and remind him which side of the road he was meant to be on! We were in a Dodge people mover which was very comfy and we upgraded to a navigation system which was a must. The roads in LA and surrounds were really well organised, signs easy to follow and most trips we were on 5 lane each way highways. We set off first for Venice Beach,...

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The 4 Man Wolfpack

Jul 4, 2013 - Finally, we have wifi

Leaving Vegas today, we have had no wifi so we were unable to let you know we made it across the desert! I spent $12 the other day trying to update the blog with "in Vegas, no wifi" but money ran out before it sent. Lots to tell, it's been bloody hot, 117 degrees on hottest day on record. At airport waiting to fly to NY. Will write more soon.

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The 4 Man Wolfpack

Jul 3, 2013 - The LAvish Life

We've been in LA for a week now. Where to begin...it's been very eventful and surreal so far. Despite the airport taxi driver telling us we were staying in the middle of nowhere and trying to persuade us to stay in Hollywood we went ahead and spent the first 4 nights in West Hollywood. We soon realised he knew nothing though when he asked what "that really tall building" is in NYC. We couldn't have picked a better location and hostel, right down the road from Melrose Avenue and Sunset Boulevard. Both have their charm and we needed a lot of...

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