Thursday, 03/07/14 Today we had a much needed sleep in and headed out after midday to run some errands before making for Miami Beach. From what we have seen of Miami itself it’s a noisy, busy and fairly dirty city. Miami Beach on the other hand is much nicer. There is plenty of posing along […]
Here are some videos of us riding an airboat through the mangroves and grasslands of the Everglades and some alligators we saw on the drive to Miami, through the Everglades National Park and the Big Cypress National Preserve.
Friday, 27/06/14 We set off after breakfast with Orlando, Florida, our goal for the night. We left South Carolina and entered Georgia, stopping at Savannah for a wander and a snack (some pecan pie and a cup of coffee). Savannah was a nice town, seemed as though it was bigger than Charleston and not quite […]
Wednesday, 25/06/13 We awoke to the sounds and smells of a cooked breakfast being prepared by our host, Dean. The night before we had arranged to all have breakfast together before we left for the airport, all five of us. We sluggishly got up due to the late night we had just had but tucked […]
Sunday, 22/06/14 We got to Washington D.C. in the afternoon and took a metro to Columbia Heights, where we will staying whilst here. Our host, Dean, had laid on a party for the World Cup with the USA playing Portugal. We were expecting a few people when we arrived but there were 30+ there and […]
Friday, 20/06/14 We had a megabus booked for our journey to Philapdephia from New York and it turned out to be a fairly cheap and easy way of getting there. We set off at around 11am and were in Philly and checked into our hostel by 2pm. We opted to stay right in the centre […]
13/06/14 We got to New York on Friday afternoon, flying into La Guardia airport, in Queens. Instead of a cab we opted for a bus and subway to save some money which actually worked out to be a very easy way of getting to where we were staying although there were no lines directly South […]
Our first night in New Orleans was spent at the Crescent Palms Motel, near to the hostel where will be checking in the next day. We have since learned that New Orleans is referred to as the crescent city due to the bay it sits on. We just lazed around the motel and checked out […]
We arrived in Clarksdale mid-afternoon and hunted out a motel for the night, deciding on the Uptown Inn Motel. Once settled we rested before heading out to the ‘Ground Zero Blues Club’. This is a blues club in downtown Clarksdale nestled amongst derelict buildings and next to the old railway station. It is part owned by […]
Whilst in Memphis there are many music themed attraction to keep you busy. The first one on the agenda was Graceland, home of Elvis Presley. There you get to take an audio tour around the house and grounds, see his car and plane collection and walk through exhibits of his life and career. This was […]
The drive to Memphis is only a few hours from Nashville so on the way we decided to see a few sites. We actually set off in the opposite direction to start with to visit an old school drug store in Cross Plains, north of Nashville. At the Thomas Drugs Store we sampled a peanut […]
We drove into downtown on our first morning, around a 15 minute drive from our AirBnB house in East Nashville. It is clear straight away that this city, or the downtown area, is setup perfectly for interstate visitors. There is one main drag called Broadway where all the bars and restaurants are and you can […]
We flew to St. Louis and reminded ourselves why we haven’t done much flying on this trip. Everything went pretty much to plan but as always with flying you spend so much time waiting around that you lose pretty much a whole day no matter how short the flight. We did meet a lovely couple from […]
Here are some videos of our time in Yellowstone National Park; some of the driving, wildlife and natural wonders of this park. This was our last hope of seeing a bear and we were not disappointed as you can see. It seems as though this is the National Park to go to for wildlife watching […]
Kirsty had researched a whole manner of places to explore in Denver for my birthday. We started out at the ‘Butcher’s Block Cafe’ for a traditional blue collar American breakfast. Kirsty had the Denver omelette and I had pancakes, bacon and eggs teamed with a cup of black coffee. A delicious way to start the […]
Our stay in Thermopolis being brief we packed up and left early to make for Denver. The drive took us back through the Wind River Canyon, one of the most scenic drives we have done so far. Along the way there are roadside signs pointing to the rock next to the road giving you the […]
Today we made for Thermopolis and our motel for the night before we got nearer to Denver. To get there we drove through Yellowstone National Park although this time the only wildlife we saw was Bison on the way. Yellowstone leads directly into Grand Teton National Park via the South entrance so we had a lovely […]
We landed into Salt Lake City airport after a small delay in taking off from Las Vegas which also included around 5 queues to actually get to the gates before take-off. Getting a shuttle to our rental car office, Fox, we had another day as with a staff of 10 on duty only 1 could […]
Not used to having a king size bed and a luxurious hotel room, we slept in for our first morning in Las Vegas and only got going around lunchtime. Vegas is more of a night-time place anyhow so we felt fully justified in doing so, not to mention paying for a hotel room we wanted […]
This video shows natural soda springs bubbling away in the Tuolumne Meadow in Yosemite National Park.
This is a short video of the route we took from Yosemite Valley to June Lake, driving over the Tioga pass. The video ends at a lookout called Olmsted Point where you can see Half Dome in the distance. The highest point of the pass reaches 9,943 feet.
Day 1 Today we left San Francisco for the wilds of the Yosemite National Park. Our accommodation was booked at June Lake, beyond Yosemite and nearer to Inyo National Park but the drive there allowed us to explore Yosemite Valley and the Tioga Pass. Along the way we stopped to help a stranded family in […]
Our first full day in San Francisco began early as I battled the rush hour traffic to return the rental car by 9am. Once this was done I took a leisurely stroll back up Market Street to our home for the next five days, Noe Street, near to the Castro and Mission districts. Chris (aka Drakey), […]
Day 1: Portland to Florence We left Portland just after lunchtime after breakfast cooked by our AirBnB hosts and running a few errands in the city. We headed East making for the coast and the scenic Highway 101. This drive runs alongside the Pacific Coast running through towns along the way. The traffic was slow […]
What we saw as we drove along the Avenue of the Giants, surrounded by Redwood trees in all directions.
We booked ourselves on the Amtrak Cascades train line down to Portland. The experience of travelling by train in America is not dissimilar to that of flying minus the waiting around and frenzied atmosphere. We got the King Street Station 1 hour before departure, checked in our luggage then took a sit whilst we waited […]
Here is some footage from the game 6 of the play-offs which Portland won to get into the semi-final play-offs. It was an awesome with the crowd going wild at every point scored and the finish just topped it off. An after the buzzer 3-pointer sealed the win by one point. They had 0.9 seconds on […]
This is a short video of our view from the Amtrak Cascades train as we passed by Puget Sound on the way from Seattle to Portland. It’s worth asking which side has the view as you can see! The mountain range in the background is the Cascades.
We left Vancouver at 3:30pm and were in Seattle by 8pm having successfully traversed the border. Doug drove us down as him and Bec joined us in Seattle before we say farewell on Sunday, they head back to Vancouver and we proceed southwards. We made a beeline straight for the baseball as we had tickets […]
The Seattle Mariners going for a grand slam against the Texas Rangers. From Wikipedia: ‘In baseball, a grand slam is a home run hit with all three bases occupied by baserunners (“bases loaded”), thereby scoring four runs—the most possible in one play.’ They did it and went 3-up, running out eventual winners by 6-3.
Crossed the land border into the United States of America yesterday evening. First stop, a night of baseball with the Seattle Mariners playing the Texas Rangers. It was college night so quite rowdy and we ate a baseball hat full of nachos. The first time we’ve eaten anything out of a hat, as far as […]