Alexx goes to the US

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Postby scrimshaw » 19-Sep-10 19:35

Hey, I got a small suggestion for you guys.
I know you guys got a rental(car), but just for the experience one morning when you are in a city, from the hotel take public transportation for a couple miles and then catch the bus going back to the hotel.
Then you can give us a comparison of public bus transportation in the U.S. and the Czech Republic.

Roswell, never been there, but everyone knows the name.
It's where the aliens landed if you want to believe in conspiracies.

Wonder if you'd get a chance to visit an indian reservation.
I guess you can only put just so much into a vacation, and then there's no more room for anything else,

In Santa Fe you are surely seeing all the spanish and mexican influence on architecture.
Jsem zvědav, jak by to vypadalo, kdybych byl přivolávačem deště. Jak by to vypadalo, kdybych uměl přivolat déšt'?
Mám pocit ale, že se to bohužel nikdy nedozvím.
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Postby Jeff » 19-Sep-10 21:44

Hi Alexx,

Dana and I really enjoyed our stay in Santa Fe back in '99. We had a great time at the Ore House ( http://www.orehouseontheplaza.com/canti ... aritas.htm) doing some tequila and margarita tasting.

I hope you enjoyed your time at Crater Lake. I have been there a number of times and totally forgot about being a good stop in Oregon. The squirrels are certainly friendly, aren't they?

Looking through your blog, I see that you are having quite the adventure. But by looking at the previous trips in your signature, I see that it should be "the adventure continues..." :)
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Postby scrimshaw » 23-Sep-10 19:11

What a great blog you are writing, Alexxi. Very descriptive. It's amazing you guys can pack so much into a visit. You are getting a real tour of the Southwest. Cool that you got to see a roadrunner. The only one I've ever seen is that clever one you mentioned in cartoons that always outsmarted Wily Coyote.
Carlsbad Caverns, Rozwell, the graveyard of airplanes, indian cliff dwellings and Biosphere 2. Eclectic and thorough.
You guys are impressive travelers.
You pilgrims really know how to plan a trip. :-)
Jsem zvědav, jak by to vypadalo, kdybych byl přivolávačem deště. Jak by to vypadalo, kdybych uměl přivolat déšt'?

Mám pocit ale, že se to bohužel nikdy nedozvím.
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Postby Alexx » 28-Sep-10 23:59

Hm, it took many days of planning, and some of places we visited was not even in original plan. Biosphere 2, Roswell...

We decided to skip Big Bend NP (sorry Texans) because of its remote location (it would took another 500 miles), and slow down a little bit for few days.

We drove almost 7000 miles through 11 states (California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona and Nevada), from interstates to 4x4-recommended dirt roads, visited plenty of beatiful places uncomparable to anything in Europe, visited Juaréz in Mexico and Toronto in Canada. We was sleeping each night in different motel/hotel, mostly low budget (except for Las Vegas and Toronto), visited various cities - LA, SF, Salt Lake C., Santa Fe, Las Vegas (but we focused on National Parks and Monuments).

Anyway, I am back in Prague, so if you guys from both Europe and US (or anywhere else) want to know my point of view, describe differences in certain areas,... just post it here.

Edit: Special thanks to member of local forum, Alfonso, who gave us whole day tour around San Francisco, making it one of most memorable stops in our journey.

Edit2: Just one short recent memory: We have seen many "hammer" look like oil-getting maschines (no idea how is it called) in few states, but what really surprised us all, was like huge (compared to what we have seen so far) oir-mining field just few miles from downtown LA. Really interesting place :-).
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Postby GlennInFlorida » 29-Sep-10 13:41

we generally just call them "oil wells" but the actual name of the piece of equipment you see is a pumpjack

see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pumpjack for more info

glad you had a good time, really enjoyed you blog - thanks!
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Postby Alexx » 29-Sep-10 21:45

GlennInFlorida wrote:...glad you had a good time, really enjoyed you blog - thanks!


Thanks for reading, Glenn, David, and whoever else did. Hope you understood some of it, I am aware this is kind of mix of not very standard czech, some little english, and many references usually intended for just one person, which others are unlikely to understand.

Anyway, it was nice trip, and I am starting on planning new one (apart from my usual 3-day trips around Europe and vicinity. Probably to South Africa, however Bolivia-Peru seems to be now one of hot candidates.
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Postby scrimshaw » 30-Sep-10 0:48

Yea, Pumpjack, I was trying to remember that word. Like Glenn says, generally just called an oil well. But 'pumpjack' is more precise. Distinguishes it from the the off shore wells.
I thoroughly enjoyed your posts Alexxi. You are the forums resident world traveler. We live vicariously through your exploits.
It was written in perfectly understandable czech(thank God for dictionaries). The online translator was questionable.
South Africa or Bolivia-Peru, you set your goals high.

http://www.travelblog.org/South-America ... 85516.html

..... (apart FROM my usual 3-day trips around Europe and vicinity.

PART OF my bibliography is true, the rest I just made up to make it more interesting.
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Mám pocit ale, že se to bohužel nikdy nedozvím.
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Postby Alexx » 30-Sep-10 9:23

Short thought: I wonder why I have never seen Sierra Mist (drink) in Europe. Maybe because the word "Mist" in German means "manure"? :-)

Think about it next time you drink it ;-)
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Postby Alexx » 03-Oct-10 19:18

First set of photos, our 4-wheel honey: Kia Sportage

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=3 ... 1349986201
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Postby Alexx » 07-Oct-10 23:27

Second set of photos, our first week: Toronto, LA, SF and parks in California and Oregon

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2 ... b248cfc444

Two more weeks will follow. Enjoy.
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