MEL – LAX – MEL

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

– St. Augustine

Free week this week, and after everyone’s effort last week, I wanted to make more of an effort this week. Did you read last week’s post? I had a good laugh every day!!!

 Anyway …. I’m re-blogging my post from my personal blog because I really am still so over-excited about my travel to the US, I’d love to share my photos here as well.

 We had an absolute wonderful time, doing the “Disney thing” in LA, then driving to LV, Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon, north into Utah (crossing the Colorado River!), Salt Lake City, Boise, then back to the west to Oregon, the beautiful town of Sister(s), Crater Lake, where my girls experienced snow for the first time, seeing the F15 Jets in Klamath Falls (those who know me know I love airplanes – check my post here), across the mountains (more snow storms) to the coast and then south to San Francisco, Yosemite and back to LA.

 It was mind-boggling; I had no idea how beautiful the US actually was.

 We’ve got lots of memories and as we prepare our photo album we easily get side-tracked by “Can you remember when we went to ….” and the laughing and reminiscing begins.

A few of my memorable moments were:

 * needing at least half an hour to figure out what “Ped Xing” stood for. Once we did figure it out, we felt “blond” and laughed all the way from César’s Palace to the RV Park

 * The amount of helicopters flying over Las Vegas. Un-be-lievable (another flying “thing” – see!)

 * Us singing Cliff Richard’s “We are going on a holiday” every day, and I honestly don’t know what was worse, us singing the song, or my girl actually knowing the song word by word – LOL

 * Meeting my editor was a treat! She’s one of the nicest person I’ve met, and I got to talk with the owner of Jeff and my publishing house as well – Stephanie Taylor. I hardly understood a word, because of the bad connection, but it was still a treat as well.

 * And meeting my friend again after 20 years …. She’s just a hoot. The girls love her and can’t wait to visit her in Florida one day!

 There’s soooo much more, but it would really blow this post! But I did bring along some photos. These are only a few out of over 800+ photos – but I hope you’ll enjoy them.

 Disney Land – Of course! For the girls.
Matt Goss in Las Vegas!
Grand Canyon – Impressive!
Temple in Salt Lake City.
Driving from East to West Oregon. Interesting to say the least.
Bench at a RV Park near Sisters/Bend. Loved that place. Loved the bench
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Information Centre at Crater Lake. And yes, we did have to use the tunnel, due to approx. two meters of snow. Walking through “the tunnel” was eerie.
 Fighter Jets at Klamath Falls. Woohoo that was one crazy experience.
Snow storm in Oregon on our way to the coast.
Yeah !!!!
Great “zoo” in Oregon.
One mysterious Building in Eureka.
Northern California Coast.
The amazing Golden Gate Bridge!
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The stunning Yosemite!
Little treat near the caravan park close to Monterey – A car race track! Laguna Seca
Big Sur.
It’s so windy at the coast, the trees/bushes have no chance to grow “straight up”.
According to Hubby – one VERY expensive car.
Four Weeks in the US coming to an End.
THANKS AMERICA !!!
Tell me your favourite place in the US – so I can plan for my next trip 😉
PS – Yes, Jeff, Possum Trot is already on the top of the list!!!

About Iris B

Iris Blobel was born and raised in Germany and only immigrated to Australia in the late 1990s. Having had the travel bug most of her life, Iris spent quite some time living in Scotland, London as well as Canada where she actually had met her future husband. Her love for putting her stories onto paper has only recently emerged, but now her laptop is a constant companion. Iris resides west of Melbourne with her husband and her beautiful two daughters as well as her dog. Next to her job at a private school she also presents a German Program at the local Community Radio
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17 Responses to MEL – LAX – MEL

  1. Oh, yes, it is beautiful here,Iris. I hope you can come to the eastern part of the States some day, to see the green, rolling hills and the blue-tinged, gentle Appalachian Mts.I especially hope you can be here in the Autumn in the coastal states and New England to see the beautiful , colorful leaves. I’m so glad that you had a good time!

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    • Iris B says:

      One day we’ll make it there as well. With the Australian Dollar so strong it was the perfect timing … not sure whether that opportunity will arise soon again.
      Yes, I know the East is beautiful as well. For some odd reason I always wanted to visit Boston, not sure why. When I lived in Montreal I was really annoyed with myself not making the effort.

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  2. jeff7salter says:

    Glad you and your fam. had such a great time on your visit. And I’ll hold you to your intention to include Possum Trot on your next tour.
    So, tell me again who my “owner” is? LOL. I doubt Steph would claim me as a dependent.
    Loved the pix, especially that really cool house in Eureka. Did you get to explore INdoors?

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  3. You got some great photos, but as Tonette pointed out, you only got through about a small fraction of the country. Jeff can show you around his part of the south, Tonette can take care of the east, and I’ll introduce you to the midwest – what is known as the “breadbasket” of the country because of all the farms. I’m so glad you figured out what PedXing was – but I’m sure I’d be confused if and when I came to your part of the world!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Sounds like a good plan, Patty. But, being a Louisiana resident for several decades, I kinda view KY as “north”. LOL.

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    • Iris B says:

      Thanks Patty …. bread sounds good 🙂 AND, we already saw a lot of farming, quite to hubby’s delight! It was amazing.
      Yes, the PedXing was a classic. Boy, did we love it. But the GPS lady talking yards and miles made us laugh as well. No idea what she wanted 😉 First time she said “bare right” (sp?) the girls sprung to attention looking for a bear, wondering how clever the GPS’s are in the US!

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  4. Jillian says:

    Love the pics!! Wonderful trip, it sounds like. I’m so glad you had a grand time. As to the Ped-xing, that made me giggle and reminded me of the signs in Germany that were something like “Umalingting” and they meant detour. LOL!

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