Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Saturday, November 7, 2015
Sorry for the gap in the holiday snaps. I had to do some other writing - of a scientific kind. Just when we were getting to the best bit of nothingness, too...
Hanksville (population 215) is quite the metropolis. It is so important that, when you're 50 miles away, it is still the only place on the road signs. Like Dustville#1 (Dinosaur), it has very few facilities, but the difference is that twice as many of them are open and they are also clean. I might be wrong, but it seemed a bit like all the open and clean places might have been under the same ownership. Suspect it's just one big happy family...
Whispering sands motel, Hanksville.
My delightful travelling companions after their strenuous walk.
Better end with a question for the reader. Interesting masonry here - are the little stones in the mortar, structural, or decorative, or both?
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Sunday, October 25, 2015
Unlike at RMNP no one made silly remarks about our attire at Cedar Breaks. This could have been because the scenery really is too spectacular to bother looking at people, but probably it was really because there were not many people there, and those that were there looked cold and like they wished they had our woolly jumpers, hats and windproof jackets. We even sparked up conversation with two cyclists. It looked like too much camping and high altitude had got the better of them, so James was curious to know what they had been up to. Cycling up hill for a very long time indeed seemed to be the answer.
Friday, October 23, 2015
I suppose we were there at the driest time of year. The signs indicated that the eroded hollows in the surface usually contain water.
Finally, the answer to one of life's great questions: meteorology + geology = art !
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Don't know how people survive without breakfast, but we didn't want to hang around waiting for service in the one open restaurant in
Dustville Dinosaur. Next stop Moab is the opposite; very commercial with cappuccinos on every corner. It also badly needs a bypass, as it has a roaring road ripping it in two. It was quite hot for late September (low 90s F), so we spent the afternoon in the pool, and headed to Arches National Park for sunset.
The next morning we again left Pops in bed, and sprinted up to see Delicate Arch. I wasn't sure why it is such an icon of the region as it looks just another arch when portrayed pictorially. I think the answer is that it's not so much the arch itself as the location...
But of course, I had a go at taking its portrait too. I can't decide which picture I like best, so here are two. It should have been better light at sunset, but Pops wouldn't have enjoyed the climb (he's robust, but still 85, you know! ;-) ).
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
James says I must start blogging pix from our recent trip to the USA.
Day 1: RMNP
Saturday, September 19, 2015
People come from all over the world to live in New York. These ones are Columbians.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Walking is a bit frustrating in NY. On the streets there's a crossing every few feet. It is quite right than no pedestrians obey the signals as, if they did, making progress would be impossible. In some places there is the option of a park to walk through, but the routes are quite twisty so I'm not sure much time is saved. Then there's the roads alongside the park which should be fast, as there are fewer junctions, and fewer twists, but the one I tried around central park was a bit rubbish due to the roots of the trees making the surface very uneven. With all these hazards, I was almost late for the start of the workshop!
Anyway, here's some park.