Trip Start Aug 01, 2003
Trip End Jan 27, 2004

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Thursday, August 21, 2003

Olympic National Park, Seattle, Mt Rainier National Park, Idaho, Wyoming, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Utah, Arches National Park, Moab, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, San Diego

This is going to have to be brief. I am passing through La Paz in Baja California, Mexico and this is the first time in ages I have a) been near an internet cafe and b) had some time to catch up and write to you all. I have half an hour and will not be able to do the States justice during this time. Then again the USA is not too different from the UK so there is less to write about anyway.

The States flew by. As I don{t have much time and as I also said the USA was not hugely inspiring I am just going to touch on the highlights. Now that we have embarked on Central America things will become much more interesting and I would rather be up-to-date to be able to spend more time writing in more depth about what is to come on the next leg of the trip.

So what have we done since we have been in the States? Olympic National Park which was more mountains and glaciers then on to Seattle. This was really cool. Our first cosmopolitan city with its very own skyscraper skyline. We arrived on the ferry so had a fantastic view of the skyline as we approached. Kevin took us to an American League baseball game. TV cameras there it was so big and important a game. Watched the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and I had the time of my life. Drank bottles of beer, ate hot dogs and nachos and jumped up and down when points were scored. Fantastic. Took a ride around Seattle on a 6 wheel drive vehicle that drives on the road and also in the water (they used them in the Vietnam war). Got to see the house that Tom Hanks lived in in the film Sleepless in Seattle and saw all around Seattle. I would love to go again.

Next up was Yellowstone National Park where things are larger than life. We swam in a rive which had a hot spring flowing in it so you lie beside a rock and one side of your body has cold water rushing by and the other side is boiling hot. Truly amazing. Saw geysers that spouted steam and water 70ft into the air and rock formations that were multicoloured from the minerals that have risen up to the surface and run down to the bottom in streaks. Oranges, yellows, creams, greens and blues.

I have ten minutes left!

Jackson and Moab were ski resorts without the snow at the moment. One of the highlights of the trip so far was a ride we took in a Hummer! This bloody thing drives over rocks at 49 degree angles and you sit there wondering how the hell you don't fall out. Oh yeah it is because I was wearing a seat belt! Tht was awesome. More mountain biking in Moab through the arches (deep orange mountain rocks that have eroded to form arches but they are enormous).

At Monument Valley four of us went off for the night with the Navajo Indians. I would love to be able to write more (for David Batten{s benefit in particular) but I will have to save it for when I get back. We slept out under the stars to the sound of the Indians singing and playing flutes while the fire burned incense.

The best and only way to see the Grand Canyon was in a helicopter. We flew over and around it for about half an hour and although it was bumpy and made me feel sick it was an eerie experience to see. Unbelievable.

Las Vegas was a scream. Three days there trying to take it all in. It really is larger than life. Went to the Venetian hotel and took a gondola ride 3 floors up! Where is the sense in that! Got to sleep in a proper bed for 3 nights and walk barefoot on carpet!

The best thing I did in Vegas was to jump 15,000 ft out of a plane and skydive over the Hoover Dam. Wow. I have had a DVD of it sent home so some of you can see it later. I would do it again! Crazy!

San Diego was very cool. Two days on the beach, riding bikes up and down and body surfing the waves. It is nice and hot. Great seafood and lots of beautiful people wandering around. Lots of boob jobs which were probably done in Los Angeles up the road.

And now we are in Mexico and things are beginning to get interesting to say the least. The temperature is in the mid 90s in the middle of the night! We camped on the beach for two nights and we have all been attacked by mosquitos. I must have at least 50 bites on me that won{t stop itching. I also got stung by a jelly fish in on my tummy this morning and I haven{t had a shower for 3 days. So things are going great!

I jest, it is tough but this is the challenge I have been wanting. So, I leave you now in Baja California. We are off to Mexico City tomorrow. I know that is going to be an experience in itself.

I hope I get more of an opportunity to write in a less rushed way but with so much going on it is almost impossible to describe everything.

With 10 more countries left and 34,000 miles left I bid you farewell until the next time.

Hope that this email finds you all well and what the heck is David Blaine up to?

Peace and love
T xxx
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