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San Francisco, California (USA)

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California! What a place!! I saw giant trees, giant bridges and, as you have already seen, giant burgers! I even saw a giant wooden man!

Our first stop was to the wine region to see a house that Jan and Russ once stayed for while. It had been totally destroyed by the big ‘wine county’ fire and they were both very upset.

We then moved on to San Francisco and I got to see the biggest bridge I have ever seen. It is call the Golden Gate Bridge. However, it is red, and I saw no gates at all. Russ showed me on a map that that it is named after the Golden Gate Strait. I was a very polite bear and did not point out that it should have been spelled ‘straight‘ – I have learned how sensitive Americans are to being told about their spelling mistakes.

It was a beautiful sight and, once again, I found myself sitting and thinking what a lucky little bear I was to be having such adventures!

On the way back home to Coos Bay, Jan said she wanted to show me the sequoias, I have never seen these animals before, so I agreed immediately. We drove to the Richardson Grove State Park, a forest full of large, beautiful trees, which was wonderful. However, as hard as I tried, I never saw a single sequoia! Perhaps they were hiding from us!

I did get to meet a large bear statue and a tall wooden man called Paul Bunyan in Klamath. He lived a long time ago and used to look after the woods. I felt very small beside him, but then, so did everybody!

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Burger Time – San Francisco (USA)

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It has been a quiet few days with Russ and Jan and we have been discussing where I should travel to next. It will be sad to leave these wonderful people, but I need to move on soon...

But before that, we decided to go on a trip to taste some of the ‘best burgers ever’. I am always happy to eat, so I agreed immediately.

We drove for a long time to a place called In N Out Burger in San Francisco and Jan ordered three ‘Double Doubles’. I was slightly disappointed to learn that they were not all for me, but I put on a brave face and ate just one.

They were so tasty that I wanted to ask for more! Fortunately, Russ could not eat all of his and I managed to sneakily finish it off without them seeing.

Wherever I travel to next, I hope that they have an In N Out there too!

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Superbowl 2018 – Coos Bay (USA)

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Russ and Jan took me to a local pub to watch something called the 'Superbowl'.

The Liberty Pub was full of lovely people and we watched the game on a large television and ate hot dogs, although everyone called them ‘brats‘ and lovely chips, which they all called ‘fries’. It is all very strange.

The game was quite exciting went on for a long time and was very confusing. Many men, dressed in motorcycle helmets were running with something that didn’t look like a ball at all. They hardly ever kicked it, but held it in their hands and threw it to each other. A lady called Susan was there. She is a teacher, so I asked her why it was called ‘Foot-Ball‘ and not ‘Hand-Egg‘. She thought that was funny. I am happy she liked my little joke.

There was a good bit in the middle, when they all stopped running around and shouting, and a man called Justin appeared and sang some songs. That was my favourite part. There was another man on a big blanket. I am not sure what that was all about. Jan said, nobody else really knew either

I don’t know how many points Justin scored, but he did not win the game..

In fact, some Eagles won the game. I did not see them anywhere on the television during the game, and I thought it was unfair that they could win when the other two teams had been doing all of the work.

After the game we all sat around a lovely fire and talked about the game. I was so tired that I fell asleep…

It was a good evening.

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Ashland Trip – Oregon (USA) 2

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Well, the waterfall surprise was obviously the highlight of the day and nothing else could even come close to that experience...

I was very wrong! So many things happened that my mind is like my name. It is all in a jumble!

Along the steaming river, we saw lots of men and women in boats, and carrying big lights on stands. I did not know what was happening, but Jan asked some people who told her that they were filming a movie starring someone called Sandra Bullock. I was so excited even to be close to this that I asked Jan if I could take a photo on her camera.

Later, we travelled along a road called Highway 199 and drove to a very interesting home. Russ told me that it was a ‘studio’. What that means is that the owner is an artist. How exciting!

This artist was a sculptor of wood and we met his lovely wife, Sara and their son Avi. He was a very nice boy. They had a dog called Peluche.  I was shocked to learn that this means teddy bear in Spanish (that’s a different language to English). It was like I was supposed to be here and meet these lovely people!

We looked around the It’s a Burl Gallery and look at all the amazing things that Sara’s husband makes. I found a lovely place to live in a mini, Jumble-sized tree house. I also met a lovely Native American lady called Carrie Yellow Wolf in another shop/studio called Indian Summer at the back of the wood studio.

Sometimes, I wish I could stay in one place like normal people.

We then drove on to a place called Humbug Mountain, back on the Pacific coast. The sun was starting to set and the view was just beautiful.

We finally arrived in Ashland and went to the hotel. Jan and Russ went to the restaurant for something to eat and to celebrate Russ’s, but I was too exhausted. After I had left Russ a little note by the lamp, I went straight to bed.

I think that is the first time I have ever missed a meal!

I have seen so much and learned so much during these last three days. I have seen things I never knew existed, met some interesting people with amazing stories and lives and I feel so happy and loved.

I see now that the world is a much bigger place that I realised (it is not realized, Jan – It really is not). Sometimes, I wonder if I will ever get home.


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Ashland Trip – Oregon (USA) 1

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The final day of the trip was to the town of Ashland. It was Russ's birthday and he and Jan insisted I spend the day with them too.

How wonderful was that?

On the road to Ashland, we took some photos of Mount Shasta. It looked very big, even from a distance and it reminded me of the mountain that I saw in Yerevan. That was called Ararat.

I suddenly felt a little bit sad thinking about that. I had already met so many wonderful people that I would probably never meet again… I felt a strange feeling inside. It was one of happiness and sadness mixed together. When I explained this to Jan, she told me that this is how people feel when they miss people they love. They are close, but also far.

I guess that I will feel this again soon, when I leave these lovely people…

I soon cheered up when Russ helped me to photobomb Jan’s video of the river near where we stopped – you cannot be sad for very long with these two.

We drove on agan and Jan spotted a little road and asked if we could turn back and investigate it. We turned around, drove along this side road, turned a corner…

…and came across the most amazing waterfall!


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Susanville – California (USA)

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We have been driving all day and I am a little hungry. Russ and Jan decided to head back North and stop off at a town called Susanville.

It felt very different to any other town I had visited. There were some old cowboy buildings and a church nearby that I am sure was haunted by ghosts.

We went to a restaurant, or maybe it was a bar, called Lassen Ale Works. Jan suggested that have a Monte Cristo sandwich. I have never heard of anything like this, but I decided to be brave and try it. It was the strangest sandwich I have ever tasted. It had:

  • Turkey
  • Ham
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Mayonnaise

This was put inside something called ‘Texas Toast’. It was then battered in a light beer batter and deep fried, dusted with powered sugar and served with a side of Drunken Raspberry Sauce.

I have never seen a sandwich so big. In fact , it was so big and so filling that I could hardly finish the third one!

I was a bear with a very full belly!


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