Day 101 - Mariposa - California (USA)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Playtime before breakfast mainly consists of Dylan playing with our three most loved travelling companions. Smiley (Emma's, bought for her first Christmas), Ellie (Dylan's, bought by Jules and Ben White) and Stingo (Taya's, named by Dylan, bought by Lou May). Today is the second time Dylan has shown concern that daddy wasn't allowed to bring his cuddly toy with him. Emma gets an email based on the childrens age from 'What to Expect'. One of Taya's this week was about them forming attachments to a special cuddly toy, and that its perfectly normal for children to want them until about aged 6. There was no mention of the upper end of the norm extending into adulthood .......

Quite possibly one of the least exciting days of our trip so far. Cruise America, the company we have hired the RV from, have arranged for a service of the generator about 30 miles from where we are staying in Mariposa. We set off at 9am and return at 4pm!

This morning has seen the arrival of tiny tooth number 3. This time top right, next to where the front teeth will go.

We arrive at the garage and Dylan lets the man know that "we have a ploblem with our generator". This is our new favourite toddler word. The man lets us know that 90% of generator problems are user error. We're fairly sure we haven't found it too tough to press the switch to turn it on and off.

As suspected its not user error causing the ploblem, (couldn't resist) but the fuel pump isn't working and needs replacing. After hours of waiting they find a new pump, and fit it for us. Really nice people, and at least we have everything we need to entertain and feed the kids with us. Just not where we wanted to spend our day, and its really hot with no aircon. Dylan plays for hours in the van with his cars and trains. Taya gets cooed over by the local ladies. We pop to the van to check on Dylan " mummy, daddy, I'm fine in here, no need to worry, I'm just playing with my trains in the snow". He has poured a pot of white cereal puffs over the table he's playing on. Perhaps he is missing the cold weather! We run out of water so Emma offers Dylan milk instead bored of filling the only clean, but huge, tumbler up with tiny amounts again, and again, she pours half a glass. Dylan decides to pour the whole thing on the floor. When asked why, "mummy I didn't do it on purpose, you just put too much in the glass"! Cheeky little man.

Whilst we are in town it's time for another mammoth food shop; more petrol, more gas and more cash. We also book our RV site for 3 nights in San Francisco. Once we leave Yosemite to head to the West Coast we think it will feel like the America leg of our adventure is coming to an end. Still lots to see though, and we are all looking forward to seeing the sea again.

Emma has finished book number two for the trip - Divergent, which she thoroughly enjoyed, and has purchased number two in the series. A little more speedy reading than the first book, a result of a lack of wifi! Rich says he can't even remember the name of his book it's been so long since he looked!

Taya is making good progress on the crawling front. She is at the launching herself forward stage. It's not pretty but fairly effective. A lot of determination goes into this forward movement, most movements are still backwards. This is not for the faint hearted when most of her playing surfaces in the RV are beds raised from the floor. We wonder if she will have cracked it in time for the grandparents to chase her round in Canada. The parents are thankful for every (nearly) non moving day whilst we are in the van.

Noodles on the menu tonight courtesy of a menu recommendation from The Gerlacks. We have udon noodles with beef, veg and naan bread. Perfect.

Looking forward to our last day in Yosemite tomorrow.
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Margie Stephen on

Thanks for Yosemite message.
Lucky things!
Seriously awesome place!
On principle, hesitate to use that word these days but it really applies
Only a few more sleeps for you, Liz!

Margie Stephen on

From the last 7 episodes of extracts -

Oh to be young with all that energy!
Wonderful adventures to remember forever.

Sheila Romburgh on

I have said many times this has to become a book - but it already is!!!
I really congratulate them on finding the time and inclination to do all this typing…….all the driving, all the time spent playing with the children, the long walks, the cooking…… when do they do it??!!!!
It's fascinating…… I am so enjoying reading it all.
Well done Emma and Rich.
Looking forward to the next instalment!!
x x x

thekemptons on

Sheila we are going to turn it into a book for each of the children so they can see and read about what we got up to on our adventures. As for the typing my motivation is so we can keep the memories and for the children. So many people tried to put us off this trip, we want the children to see what was possible so that they one day also take a chance on life and push the boundaries a little. Finding time to do everything is just a case of being organised, and crashing out exhausted at the end of each day. We'll be home for a rest soon enough.

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