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…

San Francisco

  We had two full days in San Francisco. We stayed in Oakland and caught the BART train into town on our first day, where we strolled around Union Square, walked to Chinatown where we found amazing food for lunch, and did a “tea tasting” where we tried different types of tea and eventually bought…

Los Angeles

On our last day in Los Angeles, we headed over to Pasadena to catch up with one of my former work colleague.  Holly and her husband Ewen are working at the Dream Centre and have been road tripping across the USA, so we had lots to talk about and compare notes on.     After…

Disneyland and California Adventure

  After leaving Las Vegas, we headed to Anaheim, to a campground within walking distance of Disneyland.  We spent two incredibly full days at Disneyland and California Adventure – on each day we were at the park around 8.30am and left around 11pm! I had been to Disneyland with my family when I was 8,…

Las Vegas, Nevada

We spent three nights in Las Vegas, staying at the Luxor Hotel. The Luxor had an Egyptian theme and our room was actually on the side of a pyramid, with sloped windows.     Chocolate and a 3D movie at m and m’ s world.     Vegas was pretty crazy – both days we…

The Grand Canyon

  After a long drive from Ouray (which included a stop at Four Corners, where 4 different states meet) we arrived at the Grand Canyon for sunset…just before the rains started.     We managed to get our tent up in the dark and the rain and were hoping to wake up to sunshine –…

Ouray, Colorado

Matt and Michelle (friends we stayed with in Denver) recommended that en route to the Grand Canyon we check out Ouray. Ouray is known as “The Switzerland of the USA” and for good reason – it is a beautiful little town surrounded by stunning mountains. We camped for two nights in Ouray.   During the…

Denver and around

  From Kansas we headed to Denver, Colorado where we were able to spend time staying with our friends Matt, Michelle, Nicole and Josiah, and their friends Cathy and Dennis.  We wound up staying about six days in Denver – some of the highlights from our time there were: Spending time with our friends –…