Category: Travel reports

Endless wideness – endless sunshine

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….in the wideness of Yukon and Alaska

To the minute, typically Swiss, we stood in the bar of the “Best Western Hotel” in the middle of Whitehorse, where we had arranged to meet Christine and Daniel Scholer. After more than a year the hello was accordingly big and cordial. What we agreed on more than a year ago without obligation worked out and we felt very honored about the visit from Switzerland. Together we want to travel the next weeks in the vastness of the north. For us it was a new experience; up to now it worked very well with togetherness and the plans were quickly forged. The four of us needed even better planning and communication, so that all wishes could somehow be fulfilled. For us it was also clear that “our visit” could set the pace, as we could make up for what we had missed later. The wishes and the routes were quickly determined over a beer and nothing stood in the way of the common adventure. Read More

On the way to the north – to the sun!

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Canada really welcomed us with all its freshness and, just as we left the country a few weeks ago, we returned: We had to wipe the snow off the windshield the very first morning.

Nevertheless we dared to drive through the Livingstone Mountains towards the Kananaskis Mountains and further north. Finally we have to cover 2’500 kilometres in about 10 days, so that we arrive punctually on June 2nd in Whitehorse. Read More

Go westwards!

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Right from the start; we had to postpone our planned onward journey again by one day. Heavy snowfalls and low temperatures were not the best animators for us.

Finally we could leave our spring quarters in Pembroke and head towards Whitehorse/Yukon, where we will meet friends from Switzerland on June 2. Since my aunt and uncle had to leave early this Sunday and left before us, saying goodbye after this long time was a bit easier and without a heartbreaking farewell. Read More

…take a break!

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After about 45’000 kilometres – yes, correctly read – where we ran some diesel through the engine to experience the vastness of America, we took our first longer break with relatives in Pembroke/Ontario.
No, we weren’t tired of travelling or anything else when we arrived, but the winter in Canada forced us to take this break. Read More

Great Lakes – Canada

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Our first big round begins to close slowly. After Route 66 and Chicago we spent a nice but very cold night on the shore of Lake Michigan. The fire warmed us far into the night and we were so engrossed in a conversation that we didn’t even notice the raccoon in the 5 metre distant jeep raiding our food supplies. We noticed the ensuing opossum at an early stage and so the hungry animal had to search the wide open space in the dark forest without getting hold of any bite. Read More

Route 66 – New Mexico to Chicago

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After the cold of Arizona, New Mexico welcomed us fresh and humid. We no longer followed the backroads through remote parks or Indian reservations eastwards, but tried to follow Route 66 as closely as possible. The remaining time from the visas, the weather with snow and cold from the Rockys made this very obvious. Read More

Westwards – to Arizona!

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Yes, it snowed in El Paso and we witnessed this rare event. The young salesman in the shop asked us in passing what we Swiss are actually doing here in this extreme corner of the USA and also said that the weather would soon get better again. Read More

Southern New Mexico

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In El Paso, or more or less north of the city center, we set, purely symbolically, our foot the first time over the Rio Grande.
Immediately afterwards we went back again and again we drove through the westernmost tip of Texas to get to southeastern New Mexico, where there are certain strange things to admire. Read More

Rio Grande

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Our stay, at the bottom of the southeastern corner of Texas, right next to the hotly disputed border to Mexico, became very pleasant in spite of all reservations and the expulsion (see also the travelogue “Gulf of Mexico”). One could write many stories about the illustrious society on our camping site and nevertheless all would have the same background: freedom and independence. Read More

Gulf of Mexico

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(….a short reminder: With our defective jeep – the clutch couldn’t be operated any more – we landed at Presley’s Outing, very south of Mississippi.)

Lynn Presley from the outing of the same name gave us a pre-Christmas present with the “Switzerland-Day”. We had a whole 6 days free house, or better said a caravan at our disposal, he organized the car repair, the towing service and did much more for us, as if we were old friends who would give each other the last one. On the first evening we were allowed to enjoy a very good dinner in his restaurant – free to choose! When we spoke to Lynn Presley about his hospitality, he said it was short and dry; it was the same in the southern states – simply down-to-earth and a big open heart. Read More