May 31, 2007

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Nicoline Nag, nag, nag, nag, nag
Nicoline (May 31, 2007)

Last modified: May 31, 2007 at 20:02:46

Mark told me today that he is looking forward to the trip, but all his friends commiserated with him for having to spend 8 weeks with his brother. Frank, being 15 and not in a particularly good mood because we are making him review for his upcoming finals, would rather mow the lawn with nail clippers for 8 weeks than go with us. He managed to lose his MP3 player, so he won't be able to shut out our excreable taste in music, either :-)

Theo Grivel wrote on June 4, 2007 at 17:57:48:

Hey there, Great site! Ik ben een beetje jaloers.... Zo'n reisje zit er voor ons voorlopig niet in. Maar ja, we hebben andere mooie dingetjes. About the trip: on july 4th you plan to drive to Sequoia-region. I followed the same route. I want to warn you about this road... if it's the same, bu I'm pretty shure. It has a lot! of hairpins (haarspeldbochten). When I was there (the other way, downhill) 4 of my passengers turned green... :-)

I'll check this site a lot during your trip! have fun.

Eric Grivel wrote on June 6, 2007 at 12:10:21:

Hi brother, good to see you found your way on this site... your comment got lost due to a bug in the website program; I fixed the bug this morning and attached your comment to the most recent post, I hope that is all right?

Theo Grivel wrote on June 11, 2007 at 16:38:35:

Yep, it took me a while before I found it, but this is just as good a location as any.

Nicoline Smits wrote on June 6, 2007 at 19:47:47:

Jealous of the trip or jealous of the site :-)?

Theo Grivel wrote on June 11, 2007 at 16:38:52:


Mark Grivel wrote on June 20, 2007 at 14:45:44:


Nicoline Smits wrote on June 6, 2007 at 19:45:03:

I expect we will find quite a lot of those, since we will be crossing the Rockies twice. That is one of the reasons we did not rent an RV. Not only because of the expense and the horrible mileage these behemoths get, but also because they must be pretty hard to drive in mountainous terrain. In fact, there are some campgrounds in Sequoia-Kings Canyon that are closed to RVs for this reason.

Theo Grivel wrote on June 11, 2007 at 16:47:25:

What does RV stand for again? Camper (maar dan MEGA)of zo? Most campgrounds in europe are closed for campers because they are heavy like a truck. Make one thight turn and call the landscapers to redo the ruined grass.

Another tip for driving in the mountains: If your car is overheating, turn up the heat in the cabin and the blower on max. The heater is powered by the coolingsystem. By turning up the heat you create a second radiator, it 'll cool down the engine, but heat up the passengers.

Eric Grivel wrote on June 12, 2007 at 6:46:05:

RV stands for Recreational Vehicle. That can start with a VW van (Volkswagenbusje) and go up to the size of a school bus or larger. Many big campgrounds are designed to take those kind of vehicles; smaller campgrounds have size restrictions or ban them altogether. Obviously, we tried looking at campgrounds that do not cater to RVs. Imagine standing in your little tent next to one of those. If they run their generator, you're all but blown away...