November 11th, 2008
When I wrote my last articles, I already was back in Germany for some time. I just didn’t find the time to finish, but now I’m glad to finish it with this post!
After Bolivia I was on a long bus drive to Arequipa, which is a popular city in Peru. Nice mountains and valleys offer great opportunities to hike and trek. I stopped their to meet up with a friend I met in Lima, when I arrived there from Panama. We always tried meet up during our journeys but always missed another.
July 24th, 2008
We left Seattle in the morning and knew that it would be a day whole day driving. Our destination was the Redwood Forest, which is famous because of its huge redwood trees. Before we left the state Washington however, I had to get o coffee from a very certain place. Julia told me, that there are booths, that look like cows and inside you are served by half naked girls … this I had to investigate of course
July 22nd, 2008
Before we actually went to Seattle to visit the last Couchsurfing friend, Julia, we made a stop at another national park … the Mount Rainier National Park. It is between Portland and Seattle and if we just would buy another entry ticket of a national park, we could get an annual pass, so we would be able to visit all other national parks in the States for one year for free. Moreover we saved some dollars since the pass costs $80 and we were only $5 away from it with all our other entry tickets. The only condition is, that all the other tickets mustn’t be older than two weeks, only then you can exchange your receipts with an annual pass.
July 21st, 2008
We left Berkeley knowing that we would spend the whole day driving, when we wanted to arrive in Portland the very same day. But we wanted to see how it goes and if it would take too long, then we would just look for an accomodation on hour way, letting Megan know, that she wouldn’t have to wait for us this day. But it went quite good with one exception … but to that a little bit later.
July 19th, 2008
We woke up knowing that a long day was before us. It was planned to go up to Portland or Seattle which would have been a ten hours ride at least. Not very enthusiastic we put our tent into the car, wondering if the manager of this campsite would come by. He didn’t and so we didn’t pay anything for our two nights at this place. Moreover we gained $20, since the Spanish couple gave us money to pay the manager, while they were already gone in the early morning.
July 17th, 2008
We left Death Valley and so its dead landscape. Slowly the hills became green and the vast ground was replaced by nice trees. The landscape (that reminded me of the computer game “Collin McRae Rally” by the way) was very beautiful. Far on the left and on the right big snow capped mountains joined us, while green hills were found next to the street. We wouldn’t really have believed that, after coming from the desert, we would throw snowballs at each other at the end of the day … but we did!
July 3rd, 2008
From Las Vegas our trip should continue north west towards San Francisco and Portland and Seattle. On our way were two National Parks we wanted to visit. The first one was Death Valley and the second Yosemite National Park. We planned to drive through Death Valley to spend the night in the other national park, but things went different and we spent the night in the desert inside Death Valley.
July 1st, 2008
We left the Grand Canyon to see one of the biggest cities (or the biggest?) within a desert … Las Vegas. It would have taken five hours at least (already driving faster than allowed) and so we made several stops. We asked again the GPS device if there are any tourist things near our route. We wanted to give it another chance, since it led us to the middle of nowhere the last time. This time it should bring us to a spot called Johnson Crater, which sounded interesting.We left the highway and a road consisting of gravel welcomed us. We drove slowly the small track and the distance to the crater decreased. When we almost expected another disappointment we saw something beside the road. The GPS also told us to stop and so we did (of course!). We got off the car and looked at the “something”, which was a big hole, that actually looked like a crater. We wouldn’t really call it a tourist attraction, but it’s surprising that this was listed as one, but the Hoover Dam not.
June 30th, 2008
The day we wanted to visit the Grand Canyon had begun. It seemed to be at least a four hour ride and we started the day with a nice breakfast while we checked our emails if anybody answered to our desperated requests to host us. Nobody answered and so it seemed that it would be another expensive night (but luxurious) again. Before we would have lost more time wasted on discussions where to stay, we just drove towards the Grand Canyon.
June 30th, 2008
“What’s next?”, we were asking ourselves. We had different ideas and one was to go to Albuquerque where a friend of Claire lives. It’s very far in the east from our current position and it would have been exhausting to do this detour, since I really wanted to go up to Portland and Seattle to visit one of my first Couchsurfers.