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IT’S stupid-o-clock. It’s some time between 2am and 2.30am and I can’t sleep. I probably would have been able to sleep had I not incorrectly set the air conditioning/thermostat thing to ‘ludicrous’ heat before settling into bed. My dreams began peaceful and placid and slowly progressed to being infinitely weird and hell-like. You know those dreams where you’re parched and desperately trying to find something to drink? You got it, times infinity. Air conditioning is admittedly something I’ve never been able to get my head around. I mean, hailing from England how or why the hell would I know how…
A friend and I recently ventured into my local metropolitan center, aka San Francisco, and did some exploring. The weekend is best summarized by said friend's phone call to her husband: "Hey babe, I just saw the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, toured a WWII Submarine and now I'm going on a night tour of Alcatraz. Tomorrow I'm going to see a Tuscan Castle!" Her husband's hilariously sarcastic response: "Great. Let me know when you fly a fighter jet!" Anyway here are some photos from our day out on the town: The Palace of Fine Arts Coit Tower
One of the reasons I love visiting Colorado is that I am always stumbling upon new things to do and sights to see. Known as the Garden Of The Gods, this tranquil park got it's namesake in 1859 from two surveyors from nearby Colorado City who happened to stumble upon the rock formations while exploring the area. As is too often the case, namesake goes to the first white guy to brag about something he discovered, instead of the locals who all too often have known of the existence of that place/species for 1,000+ years. Anyway, I digress... The beauty…
Located on the island of Oahu, Diamond Head is a young but extinct volcano that makes for a fantastic and inexpensive day trip. Entering into the crater through a large tunnel in one side of the volcano wall, immediately the place just opens up and the sky is revealed around you. One small corner of the interior is a former military base / current government broadcasting station and is therefore off-limits to the public, but all the rest is free reign. Random Trivia Fact Several scenes from Lost were filmed both on Diamond Head and inside the military base. In…
Recently I had the pleasure of discovering a refreshing new side to Ohio, the hidden gem known as Hocking Hills. Nestled in the southeastern portion of the state, this area is known for its rolling hills and glacier-carved valleys. As a result of these iconic valleys the region is also home to a surprising amount of migratory fauna and even several types of flora that are usually only found in the cooler climates of . In addition to offering a wealth of outdoor activities, the nearby towns provide several interesting sightseeing opportunities and tours that cover a variety of interests…
A common love for music, chiefly the Blues, inspired a friend and me to explore America's Deep South, in particular the Mississippi Delta birthplace of the Blues. As a vocal and instrumental form of music based on its distinctive twelve-bar pattern, the Blues has often been portrayed as the "devil's music" and as a vehicle that incites violence and other destructive behaviour. In the early 20th century the Blues was considered by many conventional types to be an unrespectable form of entertainment, especially when it began to attract white audiences during the 1920s. Since that era, the Blues has grown…
We decided at the last minute that we needed to take a family vacation but we were running short on time and money, so what was I to do? I had read a blog post a few months ago about yurts. This got me interested, what's a yurt?? I was asked by my friends when I first mentioned it to them. Basically a yurt is a round, heavy duty, permanent tent. It has heavy gauge vinyl for the sides and wooden supports for strength. Our short camping adventure took us to Torreya State Park, near Bristol, Florida in the United…
Explored Pier 39. ✔ Walked to Pier 45. ✔ Found a WWII Submarine. ✔ That's right. I said A World War II SUBMARINE. The USS Pampanito served for three decades before being retired but is perhaps most famous for its starring role as the fictional USS Stingray in the 1995 comedy film Down Periscope starring Kelsey Grammar. The USS Pampanito SO worth the $10 admission fee. One laundry machine for 70+ men. How often do you really think they washed their clothes? (Also, only one shower too. Ditto for washing of bodies?) This bunk is sandwiched between torpedoes.…
The last time I paid a visit to Sin City was when I was 10 years old, approximately 13 years ago, to visit relatives. As one would guess, I wasn't able to partake in any wickedness the city is known for. I made up for that with my recent trip to Vegas. I had covered the basics of Las Vegas in 2000; touring the Strip, seeing Sigfried & Roy's white tigers, going on the New York, New York roller coaster, taking in the light show on Fremont Street, and the like. This time around, yours truly got to see a…
SoHo is hot and one of my favorite neighborhoods in NYC. Please let me share some of mine favorite 'places to be'. I am curious if you have any nice suggestions yourself. Please let me know if you do. Together we can make the most marvelous SoHo list! SoHo (abbreviation of South Houston) is located between Houston Street (north), Lafayette Street (east), Canal Street (south) and Sixth Avenue (west). SoHo is known as one of New York's most trendy neighborhoods, leading in fashion and architecture. Where to shop? Everywhere in SoHo you can find amazing shops and therefore SoHo is…

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