Standing on the rim overlooking the Grand Canyon from OOH AHH Point

The Grand Canyon: It’s an Understatement

“…I know what’s coming,” I pondered to myself. “I know what this looks like from photographs and films – I’m sure I studied it in a Geography class once. There is no shocking me… I can picture the view in my mind now!”

And yet, on the count of three to pull off my blindfold, I was absolutely, mouth- open -and -catching-flies, dumbfounded… a blog on seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time. Continue reading The Grand Canyon: It’s an Understatement

Los Angeles: Famous Places and Familiar Faces

As many people know, Los Angeles; ‘The City of Angels’, is a huge sprawling urban metropolis and one of America’s largest cities. It is also a place of huge disparity particularly between wealthy Hollywood Hills living, super-celebrities and the city’s burgeoning homeless population of 47,000 people (May 2016). Other travellers, I had met on my way to L.A. had told me not to bother. It was dirty, had no charm … Continue reading Los Angeles: Famous Places and Familiar Faces

California’s Landscapes: Napa Valley, Yosemite and Santa Barbara

California is a state with a hugely varied environment – from sprawling metropolitan cities like LA, to the awe-inspiring granite monoliths and giant sequoias in Yosemite, to manicured vineyards in Napa, winding coastal drives from Monterrey to Santa Barbara via Big Sur, and vast grasslands and productive farmlands connecting them all. Continue reading California’s Landscapes: Napa Valley, Yosemite and Santa Barbara