North-America

My dad had a funny idea. The idea was, to travel through northern America for one year.

Using our Motorhome, we would travel through the beauty of Canada from East to West. Optionally we would drive up to Alaska and Ancorage, then we’d see the West Coast of the States when driving down South. We would visit Yellowstone national park, the national parks in California State and Death Valley. After that we would drive over the Mexican border in Baja California, towards Mexico City and back home again.

That was the general idea. In the following list of articles, I documented the whole journey.

All articles 11 of the trip 'North-America' chronologically:

Preparing the journey

Everything starts with an idea. We had one: Traveling north america for one year. Canada, Unites States, Mexico. But having an idea is not everything, one has to lay out some plans (despite we are not the “plan every bit beforehand” kind of guys when it comes to traveling) at least. But, of course, first things first. VISA? Well, for traveling to the US, one has to get VISA. We needed a travelors-VISA.

From zero to shipping the car

When we initially started thinking about traveling north-america, we knew that this would be a huge undertaking. We had to think about so many things, starting with shipping the car, what to pack into the car and what to put into handluggage, our vaccinations, insurance for the mobilehome but also for ourselves, exchanging euros for (canadian) dollars, booking a flight to Halifax, renting a car for the first few days until we can get our mobilehome from customs, booking a hotel, preparing the mobilehome (approval for example, but also maintenance repairs), and so much more.

Starting the journey

Tomorrow is the day. Tomorrow, we will take our plane to Toronto and later to Halifax. The Journey, no… the Dream! finally begins! We are, of course, nervous as hell. Will everything go right? Will we arrive save in Canada? How will the flight be? That’s actually the first time we fly that long. 4 hours to Iceland were … quite okay I suppose. But 9 hours to Toronto and after that another 2 hours to Halifax?

The first days

The first week in Canada has already passed and so many thinks happened! We arrived in Toronto after 8.5 hrs (actually half an hour less than expected) - what a giant city (it looks sooo big from the plane)! After a bit of sleep and another two hours (which we slept through) we arrived at Halifax, got our rental car and drove to the city where we were able to check in at our stay.

Canada (1)

After almost three weeks in Canada, we entered the US today in/near Sault Saint Marie. Time for a review, I guess. Canada We arrived in Canada by plane in Toronto and then continued by plane to Halifax (the same day). Our car was shipped to Halifax and we had to stay in a hostel for three days until we got the paperwork from the shipping company and the car from the harbour.

USA (1)

This will be the first article in a series of maybe two or three articles on the US. I do not cover everything in great detail here, but I hope its enough so that you get an idea how it was. The pictures in this article are publish unprocessed (only resized to 25% of original size because otherwise the filesize would become an issue for slow internet connections). Driving 2500 km After we crossed the border at Saint St Marie, we had to drive about 2500 km to get to Badlands National Park - which was the first National Park on our “checklist”.

Canada (2)

This is the second article on Canada. We entered Canada again on June 24th. Unfortunately, that was when some rather bad weather period began for us. We had rainly-cold weather for several days and our mood got worse each day. Nelson, Highway 6 and Kootenay lake We gave Nelson a visit, mostly for shopping - real sausage, proper bread, cheese! Awesome! And stayed near the city as a really friendly guy suggested.

Canada (3)

This is the third article on Canada. But before we start with Canada, I have to include Alaska here. I recon that Alaska is not Canada, but as we were only two days in Alaska, I include it here. Alaska and through Yukon (again) We entered Alaska via the Top of the World Highway. On our second day we gave the city of Tok a short visit, mainly for getting some Wifi at the local Visitors Information Center and buy some stuff at the Store.

USA (2)

This is the second article on the United States and the 9th article in this series. Fun at the border We drove from Canada to the USA via the road from Abbotsford south. This was our 9th crossing of a border in the whole trip, the 4th into the United States. So we were rather used to how things are and what happens when crossing a border. Or so we thought.

Germany

From end of September until mid of November, I was at home in Germany to apply for my future job and to fix some things at my parents house as well as to relax for a bit. After all, traveling is not vacation! The first days The first days in Germany were strange. Everything seemd so unreal. Also, everything was so small all of a sudden. Strange! Plus, I had a pretty bad jetlag.

USA (3)

This is the third article on the United States in this series. When I came back from Germany and arrived in Las Vegas, the border stuff was rather relaxed. I declared the 6 pieces of chocolate and told the lady that I will be traveling for about two weeks in the US and then go to Mexico - she was very friendly and told me that I get a new VISA permit because I was a significant time out of the country (about 6 to 7 weeks).