4th July: Fine views and fireworks

4th July: Fine views and fireworks

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Friday 04/07/2014
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As we had stayed up late the night before chatting to Reuben and then using their wifi, we weren’t up early!

We drove to Safeway, a supermarket, to buy food for the next few days. Compared to Walmart, their fresh fruit and veg section was enormous!

Michon, Reuben’s wife, had given us a free pass to take the cable car up over Lake Tahoe so this is where we headed…

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3rd July: From the sea to the Sierra Nevada

3rd July: From the sea to the Sierra Nevada

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Thursday 03/07/2014
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We started the morning with our yummy pain au chocolats we’d bought the evening before from the airport.

Then Andie rang for a taxi to collect us from our AirBnB and take us to our car hire location. We’d investigated public transport but using that it was going to take 1hr 45 minutes as opposed to 15 mins!

As we drove to the car hire location, we saw sweet, old…

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2nd July: Big Island to Oakland

2nd July: Big Island to Oakland

Wednesday 02/07/2014
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Even though we’d set an earlier alarm, we slept in until 9:30am. We then had to do our usual packing up routine and tidied our AirBnB.

We’d planned to buy lunch on our way to the airport but because of our later getting up time we drove straight to the car rental drop off. We were still there in plenty of time though and caught the shuttle bus straight to the…

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1st July: Falling Water

1st July: Falling Water

Tuesday 01/07/2014
Andie writing

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We were once again up quite late, only waking up at 10:30. Still getting over the jet lag a bit I think! Today I wanted to go and see the green side of the island again, where you can see the famous cliffs covered in greenery dropping into the water.

We took a different route over to the other side via Waimea, but we still encountered quite a lot of fog. It was…

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30th June: Kailua-Kona

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Monday 30/06/2014
Em writing

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Before we knew it, it was 10:30am and we’d (or should that be I’d?!) slept in again! We had planned to spend the day driving to the Southern most point of the USA and then checking out Kona. However, after some research Andie found that there wasn’t much to see at the Southern most point and decided against it. We’d already passed it on our drive to the volcano…

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29th June: Worship and Waves in Waikoloa

29th June: Worship and Waves in Waikoloa

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Sunday 29/06/2014
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Today we went to Waikoloa Baptist Churchfor their 10:30am service. As soon as we walked through the door we were warmly welcomed by several people which was really nice. We were told that it wasn’t as busy a service as the 9am but it was still very lively! People were clapping and shouting “Yeah!” after each song! I found this funny to compare with the lively service…

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28th June: Vivid Volcano

28th June: Vivid Volcano

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Saturday 28/06/2014
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The day started out as it often does with a rather lazy morning! We had a late brunch of yoghurt and really tasty fruit. We put a few things in the car and decided that today we’d try to go and see Big Island’s active volcano. We’d been told by the day before by the car hire guy that there wasn’t any lava flowing into the sea this week, so the best volcano to…

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27th June: Lazy day in Hawaii

27th June: Lazy day in Hawaii

Friday 27/06/2014
Em writing

It must have been a good night’s sleep as we didn’t wake up until 1 or 2pm the following day! It was confusing though because it definitely felt like a Saturday for us even though in Hawaii it was Friday because of the dateline crossing!

We left our AirBnB in search of lunch and drove to the nearest shopping centre in Waikoloa Village. We found a nice little cafe…

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26th June (Second time round): Walking by Waikiki

26th June (Second time round): Walking by Waikiki

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Thursday 26/06/2014
(Second time round due to crossing the date line the previous day)
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I slept well in Honolulu although Andie didn’t. In the end it was around 12pm before we’d left our AirBnB and we were repeating the 26th June again because of the time zone change! It felt really warm outside, especially after a cool day in Auckland the day before.

We drove back into Honolulu…

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26th June (1st time around): Hoppípolla in Honolulu, Hawai’i

26th June (1st time around): Hoppípolla in Honolulu, Hawai’i

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Thursday 26/06/2014
(First time round – we lived this day twice due to crossing the date line!)
Em writing

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It was back to an early start this morning in order to catch our flight to Honolulu. We got up at 6:30am and left Matt and Laura’s around 8am after saying our goodbyes to Matt. Laura had kindly offered to drive us to the airport.

We seemed to go on an indirect route to the airport but this…

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25th June: Exploring the boundaries of memories

25th June: Exploring the boundaries of memories

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Wednesday 25/06/2014
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We managed to use our alarms to wake up pretty early today – about 9:30! It took us a little while to get ready but we still managed to get some washing down and set off about 11am.

Today, Laura very kindly drove us around to the sights we wanted to see in Auckland. Our first stop was the Auckland Museum in Auckland Domain.

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We used Matt & Laura’s resident’s…

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About us updated

We realised from our stats page that there is an ‘about us’ page on the blog that we hadn’t filled in yet, but a lot of you were looking at even though it was empty! We’ve finally got round to putting a brief introduction there for those of you who don’t know us personally.
Check it out at http://aebigtrip.wordpress.com/about/

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24th June: Auckland Quay Revisited

24th June: Auckland Quay Revisited

Tuesday 24/06/2014

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Today we slept in until 2:30pm! We must have both been exhausted!

After getting up from our long sleep, we did lots more booking for our upcoming time in the USA. We concentrated especially on finding some nice AirBnB to stay in for our time in Canada so we could prove that we are actually leaving the USA. Matt had reminded us last night that this was probably even…

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23rd June: Arrival in Auckland

23rd June: Arrival in Auckland

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Monday 23/06/2014
Em writing

We landed in Auckland at 4:50am after not really having had any sleep yet. There was a really long queue in customs again where we were told to stand on a wet sponge to clean off all the Aussie dust from our hiking boots.

We just nicely caught the 6am bus into the city centre. It was still dark on the way and very cold (-7 degrees). The bus didn’t take long as there…

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22nd June: Up, Up and Away/our Last Day in Australia

22nd June: Up, Up and Away/our Last Day in Australia

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Sunday 22/06/2014
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Having done the drive down from Perth to Margaret River we wanted to allow enough time for the journey back, especially with a flight to catch in the evening! We managed to leave at 10am which was pretty good for us!

The sun was out again so we had nice views out of the windows. We mostly drove on the main highway which wasn’t that exciting but at one point Google…

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