Tuesday, 18 November 2014
Friday, 31 October 2014
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Then in the evening we got back on a coach which took us out into the middle of nowhere to watch for the Northern Lights. We waited for hours in the cold and the dark but didn't really see anything. Fortunately they left the coach open so we could get out of the cold a bit. There was a brief lightening around a cloud which our guide said was the Lights, but not really visible to the human eye. Carl's camera picked it up.
Saturday, 30 August 2014
Then we had two more days. We found the sign almost by accident when we were taking our rental car back to the airport.
So that's my month in America done. I want to do it again!!!
Saturday, 23 August 2014
Then we were into Arizona and off to the Grand Canyon. More rain and thunder, but the sun came out in between and Ellie managed to give me at least six heart attacked by standing to close to the edge. We also did a helicopter flight over the Canyon. Fantastic trip.
Sunday, 17 August 2014
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
The weather was bizarre while we were there. It was beautiful sunshine most of the time, but every now and then thunderstorms would roll in off the top of the mountains, rumbling so loud you could understand why Tolkien wrote about Stone Giants hurling rocks at each other. They didn't last long or rain much, but it was pretty interesting when it happened. We were playing crazy golf in the middle of the first one.
I loved the Rockies. Why couldn't I have lived there. Stupid financial crisis. Stupid American government.
Saturday, 9 August 2014
But the rest of the French Quarter I fell in love with. Above is Decatur Street which is near to the Mississippi river. And Royal Street is also lovely with lots of little shops to poke about in.
Saturday, 2 August 2014
We left Washington on Monday, having picked up a hire car at the airport, and drove into Virginia to the Shenandoah National Park. It was very pretty with views of mountains all around. This was our accommodation on the first night, The Skyland Resort, quite basic but the view was good. It was very cold and wind though, and Caitlin didn't like the fact that there was no internet in the room.
Monday, 28 July 2014
On the whole, although there is more to see and do in New York, Washington is my favourite so far. It's cleaner, spacier, fresher somehow.
Thursday, 19 June 2014
This is the aftermath. Only about four of them lasted the night in the tent despite the lovely weather. There are no photos of Caitlin - or none that she would send me anyway. We were banished inside shortly after eating. I got a bit of video but that was it.
Monday, 26 May 2014
This is the city of Segovia in Spain, a one hour drive north west of Madrid. I spent a few days here the week before last. It is beautiful and not at all what I expected. My preconceptions were all based on Spain's Mediterranean coast full of British tourists in August. This was a pleasant surprise.