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Alexx
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PostPosted: 25-Aug-10 5:08  Reply with quote

Hello everyone,

I am about to depart for United States for three-weeks-long roadtrip around National Parks of the west. Me and my travel companions are going to write a blog every day:

http://ctyrinaceste-usa2010.blogspot.com/ - original czech version

http://ctyrinaceste-usa2010.blogspot.com/ google-translated english version

Should you have any comments, advices, point to some differences between EU and USA we should be aware of (food, driving rules... whatever), I will be glad to read them here, or you can simply comment each article on our blog (english, czech, spanish... who cares?)

The blog itself will be written in czech, however we will try to keep it in standard czech so it is translatable by google to some english-readable form (see link above).
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PostPosted: 25-Aug-10 20:26  Reply with quote

Have a great trip Alexx!

Dana and I traveled through the Southwest in 1999 and we thought the scenery was spectacular. There is so much to see there.

Where are you going in Oregon?
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PostPosted: 26-Aug-10 4:59  Reply with quote

Just one stop there, two nights tops, to see Crater Lake N. P. And then long drive via Bend, Boise and Idaho Falls to Yellowstone.
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PostPosted: 26-Aug-10 19:35  Reply with quote

I don't know USA. But it seems a very interesting plan. I hope everything comes out as you all have planned or even better!

And I liked the name of the blog. =)
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PostPosted: 30-Aug-10 11:58  Reply with quote

Have a great time, Alexx! If you need help along the way, please let us know - I have family in the DC area who'd be more than happy to help if needed.
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PostPosted: 03-Sep-10 8:40  Reply with quote

you have a nice fully-packed schedule...


not sure if you have include this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mono_Lake

it is well worth taking a look - we always passed through on the way from yosemite to san francisco

also, not sure how much time you have in san francisco - if you want a nice walk, http://sanfrancisco.about.com/od/environmentnature/ss/landsendphotos_7.htm

that trail is good - it takes you along the coast with nice views (as long as it's not foggy) all the way to the golden gate

if you have time, also stop by muir woods just over the bridge from s.f. http://www.nps.gov/muwo

looking at your map, you go from s.f. to sacramento - the coastal road is much more scenic - (highway 1)
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PostPosted: 03-Sep-10 16:03  Reply with quote

Hi, yes, we go from Yosemite via Tioga Pass to Mono Lake, but I do not know how much time will left to spend there, because next day is dedicated to SF and there is nice portion of driving from Mono to SF, and closer we will get to SF, the more time we will have there.

From SF we are going to Lassen Volcanic NP, then to Crater Lake, and then long way east via Boise to Yellowstone.
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PostPosted: 08-Sep-10 15:07  Reply with quote

Looks like we missed each other in Toronto by 3 days!
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PostPosted: 16-Sep-10 22:17  Reply with quote

Hey, you are finally on that long anticipated trip to the west coast.
You are definitely the world traveler. I will read your posts and blogs.
I've never been out west so your notes will be enlightening.

I'm jealous, those are sights I only know from pictures. Never seen a buffalo in the wild.
Zion, Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Grand Teton(interesting fact Grand Teton in czech means Velké Prsy. Some imaginative lonely french trader named them I guess), those must be sights to behold.
It is posible you will see grizzlies. Keep pepper spray with you while you are hiking and make noise so you don't surprise them.
That is an ideal journey you have undertaken Alexxi.
It's fantastic.
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PostPosted: 19-Sep-10 14:06  Reply with quote

Hi all,

we just reached Santa Fe, and now heading for Roswell and Carlsbad Caves. Big Bend we wanted to go ... but we need to slow down and relax a little bit. Then El Paso, Vegas, and back to LA. Long week ahead of us, almost 5000 miles already driven.

There still are some surprises, and there will be many things we are getting used to, which are not present in europe - picnic areas, ice machines, clean... everything is much cleaner here then in Europe I have to admit - road, public toilets, even cheapest motel rooms so far was very clean. And, of course, gas prices, here in Santa Fe only 2,69 for galon regular.

Have a great time wherever you are.
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