Jackson Hole and Grand Teton National Park

We spent a great day in Jackson Hole and Alpine with my cousin Carson. Carson visited us in New Zealand over Christmas so it was great to see him again and catch up with him. We began the day with a quad bike ride up Black Mountain next to Carson’s house in Alpine. We got…

Driving through deserts and salt

We had a beautiful drive from Nevada to Wyoming. We started off very early in the morning and passed through stunning desert scenes and views of a rocky, barren landscape.         We passed the Bonneville Salt Flats where land speed records are set, and continued on to the Great Salt Lake in…

Yosemite National Park

Two days after we wrecked our car, we headed off in a rental car to Yosemite National Park. Our original plan had been to camp nearby for two nights, but we decided to just make the best of the time that we had in Yosemite. After waiting in a queue for half an hour just…

Farewell to the Red Devil

Red Devil. Purchased June 2012. Died August 2012, aged 12. Oh, Red Devil! How excited we were when first found you. You were the only reasonably priced car in Houston, you weren’t an SUV and you were cheap. It was love at first sight.  At first, we didn’t suspect you of being a Red Devil….

Crater Lake National Park

From Portland we drove south to Crater Lake National Park. Neither of us had ever heard of this until my mum suggested we visit (thanks Mum!) Crater Lake is incredible. A looooong time ago it was a volcano, which then erupted and left behind a crater. The crater doesn’t have any rivers feeding it or…

Portland, Oregon

From Pacific City we headed to Portland to stay with our new friends Angie, Todd, Zion and Brennan. We met them at the Wild Goose festival and were really blessed to be able to stay with them  for a few days – thanks guys!     Some of the highlights of our time in Portland…

Pacific City

We spent two nights at the tiny town of Pacific City (it is somewhat misleadingly named!) Our friends recommended a little campground there, which had lots of wild bunnies running around it – they were so cute!   One of the highlights of the beach there is a giant sand dune which we climbed up…

Shelton, Seattle and surroundings

We stayed in Shelton, Washington with my (Karen’s) friend from work in Auckland. Julie and her family were awesome hosts and we had a really neat time with them.  On our first day there, Julie took us to Olympia, the capital of Washington which is less than an hour from Shelton. There we ate lunch…

Piako makes some friends

After Piako left Canada, he went all through the USA…he survived a car crash and wound up visiting friends in Illinois! He had a lovely time with the Leman family.    

Piako goes to Canada

Piako went to Canada. He visited Vancouver Island and played with Reuben’s cousin Hannah.

Vancouver Island, Canada

We decided to visit Vancouver Island for a night as Reuben’s cousin Hannah is working at Camp Qwanoes on the island.  Vancouver Island is a two hour ferry ride away from Vancouver, and is a huge place. Hannah picked us up from the ferry and we went to Coombes, a quirky little place whose claim…

Vancouver, Canada

From San Francisco we headed up to Vancouver, where we had seven nights with my close friend Monica, who I worked with in New Zealand. It was awesome to see her life in Vancouver and explore there.  Some of our highlights were: Eating Ethiopian food at one of the three nearby Ethiopian restaurants – I…