Category Archives: USA

Saguaro Cactus

7th month – January Video Blog on You Tube

Below is the link to my video blog on you-tube from January:

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Santa Monica Pier

Week 31 – Crossing Continents – California to Australia

‘Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.’ – Corrie Ten Boom

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

Air Mattress

Our air mattress for the last 5 months which has been our bed – will NOT be missed!

This was our last few days in the U.S.A. and our first few in Austral-Asia.  We lost one day this week, due to time changes, which has made this letter seem like it’s come too soon!

We started this week having a lovely meal, with my parents, at the Jackalope – the horned jackrabbit

Jackalope

Jackalope

or, in our case, a really lovely restaurant.

Jackalope Restaurant

The Family at the Jackalope Restaurant

Later, that same evening, I saw my only pink flamingos on this trip.  Normally, they are in Florida, but I had to see them in Palm Springs, California.

Pink Flamingos

Pink Flamingos

Just before we flew out, my Dad, John and I did a hike my Father has spoken of often – Ladder Canyon.  This really was a hike that requires all fours at times, but it was worth it for the experience of viewing this beautiful and, at times, very narrow canyon.

Ladder Canyon

Ladder Canyon

Just before our flight, we made it to Santa Monica Beach, L.A. – the end of the Route 66.  I tried Bubba Gump’s Restaurant for the first time

Bubba Gump

Bubba Gump

and toasted a glass of sparkling wine to North America and to Austral-Asia.

Air Lounge

Toasting to endings and new beginnings in Qantas Air Lounge

14 hours later, we reached Sydney, Australia – a very green and livable city.  After a friends suggestion, we decided to spend a day walking from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach.

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach

Coogee Beach

Coogee Beach

It takes about 3 hours to walk there and back with spectacular views of the coast,

Rugged Coast Line

Rugged Coast Line

Waverly Cemetery

Waverley Cemetery

Waverley Cemetery

and coved beaches.  What is your favourite spot in Australia?

Bronte Beach

Bronte Beach

Time to rest before we head off to New Zealand.

Debx

4th Month – October Videoblog on You Tube

Below is the link to my video blog on you-tube from October:

Sunrises Little Rock, Arkansas

3rd Month – September Videoblog on Youtube

Below is the link to my video blog on youtube from September:

Week 30 – Winding Down – Arizona and California

‘Where there is no struggle, there is no strength.’

[How this works is, each week, I will write to someone on my list, picked randomly and I will post it online on this blog – just in case the letter doesn’t reach its destination.  The letter includes a card with a random quote, which I hope you will enjoy (at the top of this blog page).]

Mom on Phone

Mom doing what she does best – sorting things out on the few phones that are still available

Our time in the US is winding down quickly. This is my last letter before we leave for Sydney, so, my next letter will be from ‘Down Under’.

We are back in warm weather – Arizona and California. Our first stop was at the Besh-Ba-Gowah

Besh-Ba-Gowah

Besh-Ba-Gowah

ancient Indian town.  An old town which they are still trying to understand their civilization, as they left like the Aztec and Mayans further south – during a period of drought. They believe they moved further north and turned into the Indians known as Hopi.

That same day, in the afternoon, we headed further down the Apache Trail in the Tonto National Park

Tonto National Monument Park

Tonto National Monument Park

where there are Cliff Dwellings.

Cliff Dwellings

Cliff Dwellings

These were a real treat, as most tourists don’t know these ancient ruins, plus you can walk through them after a hike up a hill. Here I learned more about the ‘jumping cacti or ‘teddy bear’ cactus. These cacti will literally jump out at you and attach themselves to you. Apparently, tourists, test this knowledge often, as recent as a week before we were there.

Teddy Bear Cactus

Giving the Teddy Bear Cactus or Jumping Cactus a hug!

Our final, main stop on this route was, the Roosevelt Dam – glad I, finally, got to see this dam.

Roosevelt Dam

Roosevelt Dam

Then, we were off for a few days of boon-docking (overnight in the Motor-home with no hook ups) in the desert with epic sunsets and fun friends.

Arizona Desert Sunset

Arizona Desert Sunset

We are, now, at our final destination before we leave the US – Palm Springs, California. Here we’ve been to the night market and C.O.D. market. Great places to find original stuff at reasonable prices.

Village Fest

Village Fest Market, Palm Springs

Yesterday, we made it to some more Hot Springs and an oasis – Coachella Valley Preserve. Where there are lots of trails to hike and look below at the valley – gorgeous!

Oasis

Thousand Palms Oasis Preserve

See ya soon!  I love to hike, do you have any favourite walks/hikes you have been on?  What are they?

Debx