Category archive - Road Trips

Road Trip on the California Coast

Road Trip on the California Coast

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A Road Trip Survival Guide

A Road Trip Survival Guide

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On The Road: American Road Trip

On The Road: American Road Trip

 

I feel like I have been driving forever.

Since that first nerve-wracking drive through Anchorage over two months ago I have driven nearly 4000 miles (6400 km) through Alaska and the western states of the USA. I was sure I would never get used to that uneasy feeling of driving on the right-hand/wrong side of the road, and yet now I feel as though I could do it in my sleep.

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Photo Essay: Northern California and Oregon

Photo Essay: Northern California and Oregon

 

And so we drove. And drove, and drove. With long, tiring driving days and only a couple of nights for each stop, it was torture to not be on a time frame that allowed us to stay in some of these places for a week, two weeks…a lifetime.

The often mist-enshrouded Point Reyes National Seashore, just north of San Francisco was bright and sunny for our few days there and we were fortunate to have accommodation inside the park itself.

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A Lighthouse Oasis on the California Coast: Point Montara

A Lighthouse Oasis on the California Coast: Point Montara

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Wolf Watching in Yellowstone National Park

Wolf Watching in Yellowstone National Park

 

“On the ragged edge of the world I roam, and the home of the wolf shall be my home”

from ‘The Nostomaniac’. Robert Service.

I am awake long before my alarm sounds at 4am. Rising at 4am is not something I do well. In fact, I actively try to avoid any kind of anything before 7am. But today is different: today I plan to see wolves in the wild in Yellowstone National Park.

I know you can’t plan these things but there’s nothing like a little positive thinking to start the day. Actually, I prefer to start the day with coffee – several even – but the town of Gardiner near the north entrance of the park is eerily quiet at 4am and sadly coffee is but a distant dream.

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Is this it? Discovering Yellowstone National Park

Is this it? Discovering Yellowstone National Park

 

I have to admit, my initial impressions of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming / Montana were far from enthusiastic, and as we drove around on our first day in the park I got to wondering what on earth all the fuss is about.

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Road Trip: California Dreaming

Road Trip: California Dreaming

 

Crowded House’s ‘Don’t Dream its Over’ is blaring from the car stereo, windows are all rolled down as far as they can go, we have a good supply of chocolate and the salty Pacific air is making my eyes sting.

Yes, this already has the makings of the perfect Californian road trip.

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