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2007 08 20 – Big Trip – Day 112 – Good Bye USA

Monday, August 20th, 2007

Homestead Suites, Foster City

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Yerba Buena Carousel, San Francisco

The past few days have come and gone like a whirlwind. We had so many things to do that we didn’t notice how fast time went by. And in less than 24 hours we will be on our way to Fiji…

This is a short list of what we did here. Doctors appointments and Dentist appointments. Shir got her cast off and is feeling great. Meet friends. unpack from the RV trip and repack for Fiji. Play with Uncle Benny. Pack some more for Australia and New Zealand. Meet more friends. Pack for Israel. Birthday party. Uncle Benny. One quiet night in San Francisco without the kids. Day visit to San Francisco with the kids. Emotional meeting with Veronica the nanny. More friends at Golden gate Park. uncle Benny. More packing. will it all fit? Will we be overweight?

We are all tired and a bit stressed from all the running around. Paola hopes the kids will be well behaved on the long flight to Fiji. We are all looking forward to some serious downtime on the islands. I can’t believe I am saying it, but after driving 10,000 miles and seeing half the US parks and Canada, I look forward to spending an entire week on an Island doing nothing.

Communication from Fiji will be intermittent at best, as the infrastructure there is not up to par yet. So don’t look for postings and hundreds of uploaded pictures every day. we’ll do our best to let you know what we are up to.

Good night,

-Hemi

Running Around

Monday, August 20th, 2007

In San Francisco, Today

Jumpin’ Around

Sunday, August 19th, 2007

Shir and Orr at a hot Foster City Party

2007 08 15 – Big Trip – Day 107 – Back to Foster City

Saturday, August 18th, 2007

Homestead Suites, Foster City, California. Odometer – 10097 miles

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Watching Teletubbies in our hotel room in Foster City

 

The first part of our adventure came to an end today. We returned our RV after 3 and a half months, and drove back to our “home” base in Foster City. A twitch of nostalgia for Paola and me, perhaps for Ron as well. (more…)

2007 08 14 – Big Trip – Day 106 – Back in the Bay Area

Friday, August 17th, 2007

Anthony Chabot Regional Park Campground, Oakland, California. Odometer – 10089 miles!

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Lat night in a campground, near Oakland California

It’s hard to believe that 3 and a half months have passed by so fast. Tonight is our last night in the RV and we are very close to our starting point, in a quiet secluded nature sanctuary just 5 miles from central Oakland. (more…)

2007 08 13 – Big Trip – Day 105 – Driving South

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

KOA Campground, West Sacramento, California. Odometer – 9930

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Turtle Bay Exploratorium, Redding, California

Today we took even more time to get organized than yesterday. By the time we got into the cars it was past noon. We drove for about an hour into Redding where we went to visit Turtle Bay Exploration Park. It is a mix of discovery museum, playground, bird and butterfly zoo, and possibly other things that we did not get to see.

The weather outside was unwelcomingly hot, over 35C, so we headed to the air conditioned museum first. (more…)

2007 08 12 – Big Trip – Day 104 – Lava Beds National Monument

Tuesday, August 14th, 2007

KOA Campground, Mount Shasta Town. Odometer – 9748

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Skull Cave, Lava Beds National Monument, California

We left Oregon today and returned to California after more than 3 months away. After a long and lazy morning, with a tasty breakfast and plenty of frolicking in the playground, we started the long drive south. We stopped in Klamath Falls for gas and groceries, the continued to an obscure park called Lava Beds. (more…)

Big Trip – Day 3 – Yosemite National Park

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

Placerville KOA, Shingle Springs, CA. Tachometer – 395 miles

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Mirror Lake, Yosemite, CA

It was a cold night but our heater did a good job and none of us froze. Ron had to pee in the middle of the night but other than that it was quiet. No bears came around either. We got up to a nice and sunny day.

After getting ourselves together we set off for a hike to Mirror Lake. The great part was that the hike starts from our campground. It is an easy 2.5 mile back and forth along a paved road, so we took the double stroller with us. Ten minutes into the trail we spotted a group of deer (“bambis” in kiddie language) and of course everyone was ecstatic. The trail is beautiful. We walked along Tenaya creek, upstream, surrounded by tall pine trees and an occasional redwood. There was a fresh, just rained here, smell to the forest. Mirror lake is seasonal, which means it will dry up soon. When we got there, the kids had fun running around trying to chase birds, climbing on rocks and trees and trying to get to the water before we catch them.

On the way back Shir and Orr fell asleep in the stroller. When we got back to the RV, it was warming up so I stayed outside with them while Paola prepared a tasty lunch for us. We had lunch on the picnic table at the campground for the first time. So much easier for cleanup than inside the RV!

Later we debated staying another night at Yosemite or pushing on to our next destinations. Since some of the park is still closed due to winter conditions, we felt it would be wiser to get ahead with our long drive. On the way out of the park, we did drive to Hetch Hetchy though, but were turned back by the ranger because ourRV is over the 8 feet maximum width limit. We spent most of the late afternoon driving along route 49 at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. We are now camping not too far from Sacramento. Our plan is to cross Nevada as fast as possible to get to Utah’s canyon parks. There is one park in Nevada that we hope to see along the way, but we have another 500 miles to go before we get there.

Going to bed now, a lot of driving tomorrow…

Hemi

PS – pictures will come soon, once we have a fast Internet connection

Ch ch changes…

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Foster City, CA

As some of you already know, we have decided to take a year off and do some serious traveling. We are fortunate enough to be able to leave everything in limbo for the time being, deferring big decisions like where to live, what to do, etc… to next year. Our children are young enough to not really miss any schooling, and hopefully old enough to enjoy this great adventure. We packed up our house yesterday and it is now sitting in 4 large storage boxes in a warehouse. On Monday we are renting an RV, and early Tuesday morning setting out for a long, exciting journey across western US and Canada. We’ll be back in the bay area midsummer for a few days before taking off for the next leg of travel. I still can’t believe this is happening, but I’m sure we’ll get used to the gypsy lifestyle rather quickly. We plan to post blogs and photos regularly. Feel free to comment, email or call with questions, suggestions, and other mixed fruit.

Hemi (The Traveling Weingartens)

Coast Trail Hike

Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

Tzach and I got up real early (3:30am) and drove to Point Reyes to hike a section of the California coastline known as The Coastal Trail. It is a beautiful 16 mile hike that winds along the cliffs and beaches between Point Reyes park and Bolinas.  The weather was just perfect for hiking; we were lucky to get a beautiful sunny day in this usually foggy part of California. My highlight was Almere falls, a  30 meter waterfall straight onto the beach. You can see some pictures by clicking here.

View south from Coastal Trail