• November 9th, 2012
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Surfing to the South West

We’ve discovered some beautiful destinations around the UK during our time here, but nothing comes close to the West Country. We put Newquay in Cornwall at the top of our list and set off back down to the South West.

Famed for its picturesque villages and sweeping sandy beaches, it’s little wonder why swarms of visitors from around the UK and abroad come to Cornwall each year. Our first stop was the surf capital of the UK, and the highlight of our trip was trying out one of the locals’ favourite past-times.

Kitted out in our extra thick wetsuits, complete with hood, gloves, and boots (the water is freezing here!), and on our foam boards we hit the ice-cold water of Fistral beach. The instructor was talking to us about the difference between on shore and off shore winds, but my only concern was staying on the board, and after some friendly, and patient, tuition I even managed to stand up, albeit for approximately 3 seconds.

After drying off and performing a less than glamorous change of clothes next to the car, we decided that the best way to warm up would be to try a genuine Cornish pasty, and a traditional cream tea. Until you try one of the heavenly meat and potato parcels from the place where they were born for yourself, you simply can’t appreciate why the Cornish are so proud of this delightful local delicacy. Similarly, to satisfy that sugary craving, there is nothing better than a huge scone, served with lashings of local clotted cream and homemade jam, the epitome of pleasure.

So, on first impressions, Cornwall really is a jewel in the British crown and we can’t wait to see what else this fantastic county has in store for us.

  • August 29th, 2012
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A little Cold here in the UK this summer!

We’ve been here for a month now and while we love where we are, I can’t say we’re all that impressed with the ‘English Summer’!

People joke all the time about the rain here, but based on our experience this summer it really is true! We’ve been to many of the big attractions though – most of them being good whatever the weather.

In London, a visit to The Houses of Parliament and a ride on the London Eye are things that just have to be done, and although the view wasn’t too amazing from the top due to the weather, we’ll definitely be going back on a clearer day to take in the whole of London.

We’ve also planned a trip to Scotland for the next few weeks – Hopefully we’ll see, but not get eaten by The Loch Ness Monster! In a few weeks we’ve got some of the family coming over to stay as well – so I’m hoping we can find a way to have them all come and stay near us – the house probably isn’t big enough, so perhaps we’ll have to look for a hotel or somewhere to rent out for everyone.

So if anyone has any suggestions, please give me an email!

Thanks for now everyone!

  • July 18th, 2012
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Looking to set off across the atlantic!

Well – What a year it’s been!

All of a sudden we’ve decided to up-sticks and move across the pond to the UK! My sister moved over a little while ago and we’ve decided that perhaps it’s time for us to join in on her little adventure!

Arriving in England we didn’t really know what to expect, and currently we’re still not quite sure! However, we’re currently looking for a home to live in throughout the South West of England, during the mean time we’ve been sampling some of these brilliant properties throughout this part of the country.

First impressions of the country, (aside from it being a little cold!) are that it’s genuinely so beautiful. Once you get out of the city and in to the countryside you can really find some of the best places I’ve ever visited. From quaint little villages through to lovely wooded streams and walks, we’ve experienced so much in so little time.

Over the next few months I’m planning to update the blog to include as many stories of my travels as possible. So watch this space for our adventure through England!

  • May 16th, 2012
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My Summer Camping In Klamath County

Camping in Klamath County in Oregon can be one of the most exciting activities that you will experience, and I learned this when I decided to stay in the area for a few days. There are so many things that you can do during your stay, especially if you are of the outdoorsy type of person.

The county is home to about six wildlife refuges including the Bear Valley National Wildlife Refuge and the Klamath Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. You can also choose to hike and hunt in one of the forests that dot the area.

The county is also known as a paradise for birdwatchers, as thousands of waterfowl species flock to the wildlife refuges each year. However, one thing that you should not miss out on when camping in this excellent location is trout fishing. The county is famous for its world class fishing grounds for trout and many other types of fish.

When camping in this beautiful county, it is best that you bring along a few essentials with you. It would also be best that you take the time to map out your plans and your itinerary to make the most out of your stay. There are many camping areas and grounds that you can choose from, which means that you can be as mobile as you choose.

Why not try to visit all Klamath wildlife refuges and forests? That will surely give you something to remember for a very long time. If you need to spend some quality time outdoors then this county should be your next destination.

  • March 20th, 2012
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All You Ever Needed To Know About The History Of Klamath County

There are a number of former United States counties. One of these is Klamath County, which was a county between 1851 and 1874. Before discussing the history of Klamath County in greater detail, it is perhaps interesting to know what constitutes a county in the first place.

Basically, within the United States, states are subdivided into counties. These have some form of governmental authority. Out of the 50 States, 48 use the term county, with the exception of Alaska (Boroughs) and Louisiana (Parishes). There are a total of 3,143 counties, boroughs and parishes in the United States, 3,033 of these are what are classed as “organized”. Although counties have powers, the extent of these vary tremendously depending on the State they are in.

In Rhode Island or Connecticut, for instance, they are geographic entities but have no jurisdictions on a governmental level. Maryland or the City of Baltimore, on the other hand, handle all public services, including education. On average, each state has 62 counties, with Texas having the most at 254 and Delaware having the fewest at just three. Generally, the population of a county is around 100,000. The largest is Los Angeles County, with just under 10 million inhabitants and Loving County, Texas, the smallest with just 82 residents.

Klamath County’s History

Back, however, to the original topic. Klamath County only existed for 23 years. During this time, the county seat actually moved on two occasions and the territory that it had was carved up and assimilated by other counties.

The original territory started at the north west point of Trinity County and once held all of the northwest of the State of California. This means it reached from Oregon in the North to the Mad River in the South and from Siskiyou County in the East to the Pacific Ocean in the West. In other words, it was actually a very large county.

  • January 30th, 2012
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Discover the Wonders of Klamath

For over 70 years, Klamath has been the holiday and vacation destination for thousands of campers, anglers, hikers, bikers and nature enthusiasts from around the world.  Once the secret getaway for Hollywood stars of the 1930s and 40s, Klamath is now a popular recreation destination for anglers and families.  With over 1,200 RV and camping sites, one of California’s largest rivers, Redwood National and State parks, and miles of uncrowded beaches, Klamath is truly a wonderful place to visit.

Refresh your spirit with a walk through the grandeur of the ancient Redwoods, home of the world’s tallest trees, growing to over 300 feet tall.  Some redwoods live to be 2000 years old.  Wander among spruce, hemlock, and Douglas fir trees, with berry bushes and sword ferns creating a magical wonderland.

Explore the rugged Pacific Ocean shores. Go beachcombing, kite flying or just walk to enjoying the splendor of a beautiful day by the sea.

Fascinating natural attractions, delightful places to stay and interesting places to eat are all part of the adventure of Klamath.  Powerful jet boats can take you up the Klamath River to experience the true wilderness of northern California.  Fish for salmon and steelhead with one of the local fishing guides.  Join an eco-tour with local experts.  Visit the mysterious Trees of Mystery or drive through one of the few giant redwood trees in your own car at the Tour Thru Tree in Klamath.

The breathtaking scenery, endless recreational opportunities and friendly folks make your visit to Klamath one you will never forget.

Discover what so many others have found in Klamath.