Day 18—Vancouver to Seattle

Rainy and misty morning in Vancouver checking out the Capilano Suspension Bridge Park.

Canyon and skywalk…

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Tree canopy walk (smaller suspension bridges):

Extension onto the lake, carved into a fallen tree trunk…

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After an awesome lunch in Vancouver (Pinche Taco Shop), drove through the city and finally back across the border to Washington!

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So nice to be in Seattle!! :D

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Day 17—Glacier to Chilliwack, BC

  Saying goodbye to our campsite in Glacier NP (Illecillewaet campground)…

And our neighbors with their ridiculous vehicle…

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Stopping at Rogers Pass in the heart of Glacier…

There use to be railroad tracks across these towers!!

…and through these trees!

Some mushroom shots…

Some bugs procreating…?

Hemlock Grove…

Driving past the 3 Valley Gap ‘Ghost Town’…

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Heading west…

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And then there was this time we almost ran out of gas…

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Thank goodness for Hope, BC…

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Exploring Canada’s national parks has been a real treat, and we really hope to be able to come back some day to see more of the same parks, and to explore new ones!

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Day 3—Crater Lake

Absolutely beautiful!  No filter!

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Annie Creek Canyon trail…

Driving the Rim…

Hanging out at Cleetwood Cove…

 

On a boat!  Learning about the caldera and its lake…

Devil’s backbone…

Pumice Castle…

My favorite: the Old Man of the Lake

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Heading Home

Run in the Rowland Heights hills with Steve, to work off last night’s food.

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I’m allergic to most of this stuff, but the Nin Go (fried in egg) and turnip cake in the middle are two of my favorite things about Chinese New Year!

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For more insight on some of the Chinese New Year goodies we often eat, check out OpallaOnTrails’ great blog post, with recipes!  The rice cake, taro cake, turnip cake… all very similar to what I’ve grown up with here in California.

Here’s a little excerpt from her post regarding the reason for all the ‘cakes’:

The word Go is a homophone for “high” in the Chinese language. So the cakes are called Go, because anything that rises or is high (be it your salary, your rank, your grade or even the stock market) is supposed to be good.

Yay for knowledge!
Happy New Year everyone!

-S

Bye for Now, Europe!

Today’s destination – the Munich Airport!  Back where we started!

Here’s a general summary of our last two weeks. :)

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Some things I’ll miss…

The countryside!!

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Solar panels in the countryside!!
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Church towers at the center of every town!!

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The cranes!! The construction!

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A couple shots from our very long flight home…

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All the white is snow!!!

Tomorrow we return to true Daily Shorties.  Woohoo!

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Schloß Schönbrunn & Braunau

Visiting Schönbrunn Palace, our last stop in Vienna…

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Exploring the gardens!

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Walking up to the Gloriette on top of the hill…

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Austria is all about Mozart… even the café in the Gloriette has Mozart pastries…

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Enjoying our walk back down the hill…

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Driving back toward Germany!

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Stopping for the night in the very very retro (read: old) but nice Hotel Post in the town of Braunau, on the border of Austria and Germany.

Wikipedia fact:  Adolf Hitler, who later became the dictator of Nazi Germany, was born in Braunau in 1889.

**The more you know…**

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Grabbing a lovely dinner at a restaurant two doors down and one floor up…

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Tomorrow we go home!

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New Year Trains & Football!

Happy New Year breakfast and a puzzle!

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Getting on a train to Semmering!
Henning will tell you that this train trip is most important not for the destination, but rather for the ride… which traverses a portion of Austrian Alps via UNESCO World Heritage bridges and aqueducts!

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A historic train car!

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What awesome civil engineering feats!

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Semmering train station…

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Gasometer – 4 old giant gas tanks that were converted into residential and commercial space.  SO COOL!!

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Henning enjoying McDonald’s in Austria…

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McCafe’s lousy attempt at macarons (McCarons… get it?…)

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Attempting to watch the Rose Bowl game from Vienna…

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Success! 

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Dog in the bar!

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We lost the game, but we still love the Stanford football team!

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Königssee and Salzburg

Waking up in Großgmain (Austria)!

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View of the Berchtesgaden Alps from our balcony!

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Taking the ferry across Königssee, the third deepest lake in Germany…

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…to St. Bartolomä
…a peninsula on Königssee Lake, surrounded on 3 sides by the Alps…

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Animal feeding house…

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Ferry house!

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Drove to Salzburg (Austria) to check out the Hohensalzburg fortress…

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After climbing hundreds of steps, and starting to explore the fortress,
got some awesome views over the city.  :)

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Salzburger-Dom Cathedral…
…where they were celebrating a change of the Archbishop…

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A sizeable Nockerl (specialty of Salzburg) at Cafe Mozart…

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Eguisheim & Schwarzwald

Leaving Switzerland for a late afternoon at the Christmas market in France…

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Love the countryside here…

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(I also love construction!)

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Did they intentionally paint their houses in ROYGBV order?!

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In Eguisheim!

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After saying goodbye to Chris and Jacqueline, driving back into Germany…
(from the blackness of France, according to our GPS)

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Found a really cute brewery-guesthouse in the Black Forest!

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Brauerei Rogg’s winter brew…
(served with cinnamon on top!)

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Also their blue flaming rum shot… :P

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And bright pink floral suite.  :)

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Driving southwest from Munich to Rodorsdorf (Switzerland) – made a stop in Hohenschwangau to see the Neuschwanstein Castle.

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Hohenschwangau Castle (Schloss Hohenschwangau)

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The hiking path of ice… up to Neuschwanstein…

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Made it to the viewing bridge!

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..to the castle!…

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Made it to Chris and Jacqueline’s in Rodorsdorf for pasta with Christiane’s homemade pasta sauce and meatballs!

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Liz & Etay’s Wedding

Perfect weather for a beautiful wedding in Portola Valley…

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View over Stanford and the Bay Area…

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Simple and fun!

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Rising moon…

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Sparklers!!

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Northern California—Day 3!

Waking up to rain in Orick, CA…

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Finally spotted Roosevelt Elk!!!!

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Finding one of the world’s largest totem poles in McKinleyville, CA…!

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Finding murals in Eureka, CA!

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Humboldt Redwoods State Park!!

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Majestic fog amongst the trees…

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Found one of the 6 albino redwood trees in the park (Founders Grove)!!

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Founders Tree…

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Huge root systems…

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Found a second albino redwood tree
(Women’s Federation Grove)!!

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Haivng some fun with the Tiny Planet app…

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Driving through a redwood tree by the Avenue of the Giants…!

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Finally driving home!!

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WA Day 3! (…but really Canada)

Waking up in Kokanee Creek Provincial Park in Canada!

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Impromptu trek into Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park.  :)

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Thimbleberry!

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Detour totally worth it!

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Drove up to the Ainsworth Hot Springs… why not…

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They label gluten-free and nut-containing items!!

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WA Day 2!

Waking up in Kettle Falls, WA with Michelle!

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Arrived in Republic, WA for a little fossil digging!

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Driving into Canada.  Beautiful countryside…

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Harvest moon…

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Setting up camp…

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Road Trip Day 5!!—Santa Barbara

Henning and I found a pure gem in Santa Barbara called Brummis… Veronika was so nice, and the German food was so good!  Highly recommend!

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Walking it off at the Carpinteria Bluffs…

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AMTRAK!!!

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Toes in the sand in Santa Barbara…

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We couldn’t help but go back to Brummis’ for our last meal in the area…  Veronika even had a window seat saved for us!

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Road Trip Day 3!!—California Coast!

Continued our drive south on Highway 1
(Pacific Coast Highway)…

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Stopped at Hearst Castle… so much history!

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…didn’t want to leave…

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Finally made it down to Lake Cachuma… :)

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Road Trip Day 1!!—Big Sur

The rest of the day was pretty overcast, but I HAD to share these photos!
These are unedited photo images – look at that blue!!

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Photos from the rest of the day, visiting Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (Big Sur).  Have I mentioned I love California…?

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California coast foliage and California coast sedimentary rock.
Can you spot the lizard?

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Rock formations…

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McWay Creek and McWay Falls…

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Driving Home

At Shasta Dam trying to get a view of Mt Shasta…

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Found a “Curvy Road Next 140 Miles” sign!

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Stopped by Jelly’s Ferry Bridge and the Sacramento River Bend for lunch…

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Saw the Sacred Stones project at the Abby of New Clairvaux in Vina… 800 year old Spanish gothic arches!!!

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And constant reminders on the drive home of why we love California, the Golden State…

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Lassen—Day 3

Starting the day off right with a hike up a volcano of black sand and gravel!

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An ominous dragon cloud… trying to blow us off the mountain…

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Made it!

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View of Butte Lake (where we started the hike) from the top…

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View of the Painted Dunes and the Fantastic Lava Beds!

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The crater at the center of the volcano
(Etay raising his arms)…!

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Pooped…

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Relaxing at Drakesbad Ranch for the evening.  :)

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Corning & Lassen–Day 1

Labor Day Weekend Field Trip!!!

Olive Tasting in Corning on the drive up to Lassen Volcanic National Park!

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Stopping by Trinity Dam (…which is unfortunately a bit low…)

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Arrived in Lassen!  Hen and Etay attempting to use pay phones!
#noserviceinthewilderness

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Hike around Manzanita Lake – beautiful!

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Bodega Dunes

Setting up camp!

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4 people trying to “Hug a Tree”…

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Roasting potatoes in the campfire…

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Sitting down to dinner…

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Going for a walk…

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Enjoying the landscape and sunset…

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Eating s’mores and potatoes by headlamp…

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“Light Studies with Liz and Stacey”…

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Some of Liz’s photos from our walk… beautiful:

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Seattle—Day 4!

View a few blocks down from Jim and Molly’s…

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Today’s adventure is over to Port Angeles and the Olympic Peninsula.
Just barely made the ferry!

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Bye Seattle…!

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…en route to Bainbridge…!

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Mountains surrounding the old Lake Morse…

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The gang—Molly, Henning, Jim, Patrick, Daniel…

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…and Stacey staying out of snowball range!

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The guys knocking over snow boulders…

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The view up at Hurricane Ridge…

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The trail we were planning to walk… under 6 ft of snow….!

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So we eventually headed to lower elevations and a walk through the forest.  (Yes, kicked that trail’s butt!)

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