4th September: Washington Monuments

4th September: Washington Monuments

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Thursday 04/09/2014
Andie writing

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We got up around 10, as it was nice to have a good sleep in after the rather stressful previous two days. Yet we didn’t want to get up too late as today was the only day we now had to see Washington.

We took the metro into town, which was really easy and very quiet. Whereas most metro stations are pretty dull to look at, Washington’s seemed to have been created…

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3rd September: To Washington DC, Take Two

Wednesday 03/09/2014 Andie writing We were up early and had a quick shower before dressing again in the same clothes.

3rd September: To Washington DC, Take Two

Wednesday 03/09/2014 Andie writing We were up early and had a quick shower before dressing again in the same clothes.

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2nd September: Stress at SFO

2nd September: Stress at SFO

Tuesday 02/09/2014
Em writing

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It was a bit of a rush to get to the airport even though we thought we’d allowed lots of extra time. The freeway was very busy and quite slow in sections where a build up of cars was either trying to get on or off. Then we had to fill up with petrol to take our hire car back full and not be charged lots extra.

We managed to get a little lost trying to find where to…

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1st September: The hippie district of Haight-Ashbury

1st September: The hippie district of Haight-Ashbury

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Monday 01/09/2014
Em writing

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It was back to our usual routine of having a relaxed morning today. It began with a yummy combination of yoghurt and fruit for breakfast, which included fresh grapes from the vines in our host’s garden.

We booked more AirBnBs for our time on the East Coast before driving to the Mission district of San Francisco. According to our guide book, this was an “up and…

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31st August: A Cheery Church & Cruising the Coast on Highway 1

31st August: A Cheery Church & Cruising the Coast on Highway 1

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Sunday 31/08/2014
Em writing

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Today began with pain au chocolats for breakfast followed by a quick and early getaway as we were meeting some friends for a 10am church service. These friends were mentioned at the very beginning of our West Coast tour of the USA as we left some of my insulin with them.

Luckily we made it just in time before the service began and we were able to introduce ourselves…

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30th August: The Titans of Silicon Valley

30th August

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Saturday 30/08/2014
Andie writing

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We had a relaxing morning with a long lie-in (surprise)! While we did some washing, we also filled the AirBnb host’s spa pool and had a nice long spa :). Strangely, he fills his spa fresh for every new set of visitors that come. That seemed like quite an indulgence given that California is struggling with drought so much! I did enjoy the outdoor shower too under…

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29th August: Central San Francisco

29th August: Central San Francisco

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Friday 29/08/2014
Andie writing

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We slept in to make up for the fact we hadn’t slept too well. After breakfast we drove down to the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station in Fremont to take the metro into San Francisco. I didn’t want to have to face driving along the crazy motorway again if I could help it!

The ticket system for the BART is quite confusing! We eventually figured out that rather…

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28th August: South to San Jose

28th August: South to San Jose

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Thursday 28/08/2014
Andie writing

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We weren’t very good at waking up again today! We had a late breakfast and set off about lunchtime. We moved all our stuff into the car and went to In-N-Out burger for lunch. The In-N-Out was packed! Not too much of a surprise given how yummy their burgers are. I tried something from the ‘secret menu’, which was fries animal style, which came with burger sauce…

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27th August: Earthquakes in Wine Country

27th August: Earthquakes in Wine Country

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Wednesday 27/08/2014
Andie writing

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We started with a really relaxing morning. Em called her parents on Skype. We then enjoyed our brunch of fresh fruit and yoghurt sitting on the outside patio in the sunshine. We were both feeling rather exhausted from travelling so we then just went back to our room and Em read a book while I did more blogging, photo editing and surfing around online.

By the…

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26th August: Pretty Point Arena

26th August: Pretty Point Arena

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Tuesday 26/08/2014
Andie writing

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After our late night the night before, we slept in until almost check out time. We enjoyed a breakfast of the fresh bread from the pizzeria and nice butter. It was so tasty to have unsweetened European-style bread again! We weren’t initially in a hurry to leave because it was cloudy. We wondered about having a swim in the motel’s pool and spa, but it was closed,…

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25th August: The Avenue of the Giants

25th August: The Avenue of the Giants

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Monday 25/08/2014
Em writing

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Unlike AirBnBs, staying in a motel meant that we had a concrete check-out time. We made it just in time for 11am, although it was a little tight! We put on longer trousers when we were at the car as unfortunately it was cloudy and very cold!

Not knowing what eateries would be en route, we drove to the nearest subway to pick up some lunch. On the way back from there…

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24 August: Redding’s Sundial Bridge

24 August: Redding’s Sundial Bridge

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Sunday 24/08/2014
Andie writing

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In the morning we cooked some meatballs in tomato sauce and pasta that we’d eat later for our tea. We hadn’t been able to find appropriate AirBnbs in Eureka/Arcata or Fort Bragg, so we’d booked motels for those nights. The trouble with motels is that you know you don’t have a kitchen!

After cooking our food and cleaning up, it was 12:30! We packed up the car again…

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23rd August: Lassen and its Lakes

23rd August: Lassen and its Lakes

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Saturday 23/08/2014
Andie writing

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We were actually up promptly to go to Lassen Volcanic National Park! I’d remembered it as being a highlight of my previous California trip and didn’t want to miss out! The drive there took just under two hours from Redding.

The park entrance was the usual $20, and then we paused at the visitor centre. We learned that Lassen Peak is an active volcano, which…

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22nd August: Shasta and Shimmying

22nd August: Shasta and Shimmying

Friday 22/08/2014
Em writing

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We packed up and set off in the hope that we would be able to see Mount Shasta from our AirBnB. Unfortunately the air was too hazy and smoky from the nearby forest fires to see the mountain. We were disappointed not to have a good view but the weather couldn’t be helped.

As there was no Mount Shasta to see, we headed into the little nearby town of the same name…

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21st August: The Brilliant Blue of Crater Lake

21st August: The Brilliant Blue of Crater Lake

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Thursday 21/08/2014
Em writing

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We began the morning with a long chat to our AirBnb hosts Jack and Nancy over breakfast. They were really interesting to talk to. We found out a bit more about the American attitude to driving which helped us understand why the majority of drivers are always right on our tail! Jack explained that the police here are only interested in drivers who drive insanely…

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