The Nazca Lines

The famous & mysterious Nazca lines was our next stop.  I took the local ‘Soyuz’ bus (located around the corner from Cruz Del Sur terminal) in Ica (2h30 – 11 soles) while Golnaz had to catch the Cruz Del Sur bus.  People adviced Golnaz & me not to book a flight above the Nazca Lines … Continue reading

Surfing The Desert

After the 2h morning boat trip in Islas Ballestas, Golnaz & I took the bus to Ica (1h15-35s), a small city in the desert of the Pisco province, 3-4 hours south of Lima.   The concrete houses, dirt roads, graffiti painted walls, street vendors,… reminded me a lot to cities in India.  The delicious & … Continue reading

Mini-Galapagos

When I was in Los Angeles I received this weird e-mail from a couple who asked me if I could get their jacket in the LAX airport. Apparently they forgot it on their flight and LAN refused to send it to them.  Marie-Hélène noticed my post on CS where I was looking for travel partners … Continue reading

I love boobies

Another main island we did was authentic Isabela. We took the 7am ferry (30$) in Santa Cruz and after paying a watertaxi (1$) & the 5$ island tax, we headed to the most recommended hostel in Puerto VIllamil, ‘Casa Rosada’ (17$/dorm breakfast included) situated right on the beach. Unfortunately it was fully booked so my … Continue reading

The Origin Of Species

At the age of 22, a young fellow named Charles Darwin enlisted in the ‘Beagle’ as a naturalist without pay. He was not an expert scientist but captain FitzRoy accepted him on board as he needed an Englishman to whom he could talk. Charles had two guides on this trip: his curiosity & his reading … Continue reading

The Conch Republic

When we were sailing in Marathon, many people asked us if we would go to the Conch Republic as well.  I didn’t really know what they were talking about till someone told me the funny history… Back in 1982, the president of the United States suddenly decided to open it’s borders to their neighboring countries. … Continue reading

Genie Green Electric

A place that fascinated me for many years were the Florida Keys & the crazy idea to connect all those islands with bridges for a total of 126 miles, even more! From Key Largo, the largest island to the tip of Key West, the Keys are linked by 42 bridges scattered along the 126-mile (209km) … Continue reading

Road to the Everglades

Florida, Sunshine State… the last state Chris & I would cruise on this epic road trip. Our first stop was Winterpark, a small town in the outskirts of Orlando and home to Sherri who lived there with her son Zane & her roommate Penne. She was so kind to host us and took us right … Continue reading

King of Rock

As the sun prepares to go down in the small town of Waterford, Mississippi on this beautiful sunday afternoon, people from all the neighboring villages gather in Marcus & Flynda’s famous ‘Foxfire Ranch’. The Hollowell family has the tradition to organize a big community open-air party in the ranch every sunday with good local music, … Continue reading

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