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Zion National Park: Emerald Pools, Angels Landing, a Prairie Dog, and Butterfly…

Following Las Vegas we hit the road for Zion National Park, some 160 miles away. We arrived at a ‘free camp’ (a very rudimentary campsite with minimal or no facilities, but where you are legally allowed to stay) pre-sunset, setting … Continue reading

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Racking up the Miles: Petrified Forest and the Painted Desert…

We spent the afternoon chilling on Hermosa Beach, mulling over the loss of three of our party; predominant memories include a shed-load of sunshine, a bell being rung for an hour by a chap selling ice-creams from his little cart, … Continue reading

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Coastal Road Tripping: Big Sur, and San Fran to LA…

With hangovers of varying degrees of severity debilitating the group, we treated ourselves to an impromptu and blasphemously crude game of cricket in the campsite’s car park. There was a metal pole for the bat, an empty drinks crate for … Continue reading

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“Retro” America and Beyond…

We lunched at Stanislas National Forest Vista with cracking panoramic views, justifying its title of ‘Rim of the World’, before proceeding through Groveland, an old, old town with a single-pump garage, wooden-fronted liquor store, and proudly polished and maintained active … Continue reading

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“KILL YOUR SPEED, NOT A BEAR”: The Yosemite Experience (via Mono Lake)…

We hit the road for Yosemite after a very casual morning enjoying breakfast in the sun. We broke the journey early on in the surreal sci-fi-esque Mono Lake, which was formed at 8000ft in a caldera from an ancient volcanic … Continue reading

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Grand Tangerines: From Blackpool to the Grand Canyon, via the Hoover Dam. Obviously…

In the morning I had the pleasure of supporting Winty’s team in the play-off final. We went to the Crown & Anchor – a quaint(ish) sports bar / English pub which served free refill coffee and a cracking full English … Continue reading

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Barn Searching in Western America?…

Greetings folks… A few years ago I was at school, studying English literature. As you do, obviously. In amongst the historical tedium of Shakespeare, Chaucer and yet more Shakespeare [don’t get me wrong, they have their literary merits, they just … Continue reading

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