This Is Not America !

After more than 2 weeks with Chris, a third musketeer joined us in Austin to cruise to the city of New Orleans.  She was from London but left home a few weeks ago to travel around the world for about 5 1/2 months.  Kat, short for Katryn, met us in The Jackalope Bar in 6th Street for … Continue reading

Supernatural

A land of opportunities, pumpjacks, cowboy hats, Texmex bbq, a land where anyone can buy weapons legally, a land where the death penalty still exists…  Right, I’m in the state of Texas!  After a long 10h drive from Roswell, New Mexico through routes with endless vista’s, flat planes and hundreds of wind turbines as far as the … Continue reading

The Truth is out Here !

July 1947.  Something happened northwest of Roswell, New Mexico following a severe thunderstorm. July 8, 1947.  That something was identified in a press release issued by the public information officer at Rowsell Army Airflield Lt. Walter Haut.  Following orders from Colonel William Blanchard, base commander, the headline of the story sent around the world read … Continue reading

The Spanish colony

After 11 days in National Parks and desolated places, except for Las Vegas & Flagstaff, Chris & I drove into a completely different landscape and it was time to explore a completely different part of the States: New Mexico!  Human history seeps from the pores of this land… Generations of nomads, farmers, builders, warriors, explorers, … Continue reading

Astonishing Beauty

Sparkling, clear, blue water laps against towering, sheer, red-rock canyon walls and sandy beaches. Power boats and wave runners zip about while houseboats slowly wend their way deep into side canyons.  Chris & I just made it to Lake Powell, a 186 miles long reservoir on the Colorado river, straddling between Utah & Arizona.  Lake Powell … Continue reading

North versus South… Or even West?

Grand Canyon, one of Earth’s most powerful, inspiring landscapes, overwhelmed our senses.  Its story tells of geologic processes played out over unimaginable time spans as a unique combination of size, color & dazzling erosional forms.  Its rugged landscape hosts a fascinating variety of plant & animal communities, from the desert next to the Colorado River, … Continue reading

The Hoodoos

Panguitch is a Native American word meaning big fish.  This small western ‘cowboy’ town, home to Robert LeRoy Parker better known as Butch Cassidy, was settled in the valley back in 1864.  Just 7 miles south of Panguitch lies nowadays Utah’s most beautiful Scenic Byway 12.  It spans a route of 124 miles and travels through some … Continue reading

Angel’s Landing

From the depths of the Grand Canyon to the lofty mountains & mesas of Western Colorado and Utah’s soaring stone arches, a varied terrain is out there to surprise us with it’s beauty & diversity.  I was in ‘The Grand Circle’, a land of magnificent natural wonders, rich in cultural traditions & colorful history covering … Continue reading

Sin City

I just want to say 1 thing… What happened in Vegas, stays in Vegas !!

World’s hottest

We left the astonishing beauty of Yosemite NP and continued our journey via the beautiful Mammoth Lakes to the world’s hottest place… Death Valley.  As the name itself suggests, the extreme summer heat here can be deadly.  Before we crossed the Valley, we stuffed the car with several tanks of water just in case the … Continue reading

Double Rainbow Guy

On our way to Yosemite National Park, we followed the advice of my host ‘Bear’ to stop in Bodie Mountains & Mono Lake, often described as an oasis in the desert.  Mono Lake has no outlet and contains the unique sandstone formations known as tufa.  Those petrified springs are formed when the calcium-rich springs flow … Continue reading

Lake Tahoe

This morning I met Chris & Quan in Java beach cafe in San Francisco, who would join me for the road trip. Chris, 28 yrs old is from Sydney, Australia. Quan, 19yrs old is from Hanoi, Vietnam. 3 guys, different ages, different background. This would give a very intresting mix and fascinating conversations on the … Continue reading

The Fog

Two weeks ago I joined Kelly for a short roadtrip on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.  She was from San Francisco and when she heard my plans to visit the city in July, she told me it was ‘winter’ in her city with a lot of fog.  I was a little sceptic but when I … Continue reading

Pacific Hghwy 1

‘The Great Ocean Road’ in Victoria, Australia was one of the highlights of my journey.  California has its own version of it and some claimed it to be better than ‘The Great Ocean Road’  I was eager to find out for myself and left LA on a cloudy morning for the famous ‘Pacific Highway 1’ … Continue reading