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Old 05-31-2021, 07:37 AM
 
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Old 06-02-2021, 04:31 AM
 
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Don’t know if anyone mentioned passwords, but find a secure way to bring any passwords you might need. We flew from Sydney to Santiago in Chile and I completely forgot my banking password (something with the jet-lag) and later had to reset it. We have just had a week at our apartment in the next state and I needed some password I had forgotten to log in with the different internet.

Where we just stayed the whole island is cash free at the moment. I wondered what they do with arrivals who do not have a credit card. It is not illegal not to have one so they must have some arrangement. But I suppose I could add that you have to have a card.

Earplugs, for if you are used to sleeping in a quiet place. I loathe being in places where you can hear the neighbours moving about.

I keep a list of things to take with my passport and find it reduces the stress of getting away from home.
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Old 06-02-2021, 06:55 PM
 
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Don’t know if anyone mentioned passwords, but find a secure way to bring any passwords you might need. We flew from Sydney to Santiago in Chile and I completely forgot my banking password (something with the jet-lag) and later had to reset it. We have just had a week at our apartment in the next state and I needed some password I had forgotten to log in with the different internet.

Where we just stayed the whole island is cash free at the moment. I wondered what they do with arrivals who do not have a credit card. It is not illegal not to have one so they must have some arrangement. But I suppose I could add that you have to have a card.

Earplugs, for if you are used to sleeping in a quiet place. I loathe being in places where you can hear the neighbours moving about.

I keep a list of things to take with my passport and find it reduces the stress of getting away from home.
Passwords are a great idea!
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Old Today, 06:42 PM
 
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Thanks everyone. The grand vacation has been accomplished and we are back home. We put over 8,000 miles on the car! The trip was amazing and for the first three quarters of it, all I could think was I wish we could do this forever. I want this vacation to last forever and ever. Then, gradually just as we started heading home, I started wanting to go home more and more. Until the last day when I really wanted to get home. I suppose 32 days is the perfect vacation length for us. LOL.

We had our neighbors watch the house from the outside every day and a good friend check things out on the inside once a week. We only had one real crisis. On day five, our neighbors called to say that there was a big leak from some equipment at the side of our house. It turned out to be the back flow regulator. It was a pretty horrible evening because I was feeling ill (I have a digestive condition which decided to flare up on that particular day); we were exhausted, having hiked about 10 miles from 6am to noon then driven 6 hours to our destination for that evening which turned out to be one of our worst AirBnbs. Then I had to deal with the leak on top of it. But I figured out how to get it fixed remotely and I felt better eventually and we left the crummy AirBnb the next day, so it all worked out.

So many highlights, but probably the very best segment was 5 days we spent at Sequoia National Park. It was really cool not just seeing the sequoias, but learning to ID them (and other conifers) and discovering them growing in other locations. We rented a cute cabin down at 1,000 feet or so (in Three Rivers) and it wasn’t until the third day that I realized we had sequoias growing there too, they just weren’t giant because they weren’t in an optimal environment. Every day we also took a different amazing hike.

The main purpose of the trip was birding though. We wound up seeing at least 270 different species and photographing most of them.

Thankfully, we didn’t hit the Pacific Northwest. But we did get our share of heat. The hottest we experienced was 111 degrees in Three Rivers. But the hottest we birded in was 107 degrees in Nevada. That was pretty insane.

I am looking forward to traveling as little as possible the rest of the summer.
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