Thanksgiving is a national holiday in the United States, celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. It originated as a harvest festival. and was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their first harvest in the New World in October 1621. This feast lasted three days, and—as accounted by attendee Edward Winslow — it was attended by 90 Native Americans and 53 Pilgrims. The New England colonists were accustomed to regularly celebrating “thanksgivings”—days of prayer thanking God for blessings such as military victory or the end of a drought. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, with a proclamation by George Washington … Continue reading Thanksgiving

God Bless America (revised)

Whilst plodding along the beach this morning, together with countless other early risers I thought how clean and plastic rubbish free the beaches, parks, countryside and most towns are here. Americans, in general appear to love their country, most seem to respect the environment and natural world they live in. I watched a major sporting event on the TV yesterday, there must have been 100,000 people in the stadium and before the race commenced it appeared that almost everyone in and around the stadium watched and took part in the pre-race programme. This included prayers, a rendition of the national … Continue reading God Bless America (revised)

The Gulf and Hurricane Michael

The Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi – A bit chilly for mid November in southern Mississippi. Woke up to clear skies and a crispness in the air just right for an early morning stroll (6.30am) along the beach from the bayou near the Silver Slipper Casino towards Bay St Louis. Then off west to Florida for a bit more sun. That’s onto the i10 at Diamondhead, Mississippi heading east into Alabama then into Florida at Pensacola. A few Images from this mornings walk. Hurricane Michael was the third-most intense Atlantic hurricane to make landfall in the contiguous United States. It was the … Continue reading The Gulf and Hurricane Michael

Now in Mississippi

Gulfport…. On August 29, 2005, Gulfport was hit by the strong eastern side of Hurricane Katrina. Much of the city was flooded or destroyed in one day by the strong, hurricane-force winds, which lasted more than 16 hours, and a storm surge or Tsunami exceeding 28 feet (9 m) in some sections. Hurricane Katrina damaged more than 40 Mississippi libraries, gutting the Gulfport Public Library, first floor, and breaking windows on the second floor, beyond repair. It required total reconstruction. Although Katrina’s damage was far more widespread, it was not the fiercest hurricane to hit Gulfport. Katrina, a category 3 storm, was … Continue reading Now in Mississippi

Amtrak – NY to CLT

It’s pretty late at night here in Charlotte NC. Just had the evening meal delivered directly to the hotel room. That’s a whopping great club sandwich, fries and a bud, all very welcome sustenance. The weather in New York was pretty gloomy when we left on the Amtrak Carolinian train at 7:20 this morning and it was gloomy with outbreaks of rain throughout the trip south here to Charlotte, North Carolina. I managed to take a few shots through the carriage window from my seat on the right of the train plus a stretch of the legs stop at Washington … Continue reading Amtrak – NY to CLT

New York – Amazing

Set out sprightly at 6.30am this morning to visit the sites and buildings earmarked for special attention. Off down and onto the subway system beginning at the junction of 7th and West 23rd on the (1) towards the ferry. First port of call the new World Trade Centre and the 911 memorial (Ground Zero) no words to explain this iconic place. A quick stop for breakfast at a diner close by and on to the Staten Island Ferry terminal to catch the free yes free ferry to the island, passing the Statue of Liberty and seeing the New York skyline … Continue reading New York – Amazing

New York….yawn

Arrived at JFK this afternoon after a tiring but very good flight from Gatwick. Travel arrangements worked like clockwork, boarded the airtrain at Terminal 1 to Jamaica Station then onto the LIRR (Long Island Rail Road) to Penn Station on 7th Avenue. Haven’t had time to explore yet as we are bushed but just been for a stroll down 7th Avenue from 30th to 21st and had a nice meal at an Italian. Full day of exploring here tomorrow before the 13 hour Amtrak journey down to the Carolina’s and Charlotte. Here are a couple of quickie shot’s from this … Continue reading New York….yawn

Birmingham Trip

A pleasant and not to tedious train trip from Goring-by-Sea to Birmingham. First to Victoria then by underground to Euston and finally a Virgin train to New Street Birmingham. Arrived at around 2-30pm just in time to check in at the city centre hotel. The city has changed dramatically over the last 30 or so years since I last visited to install glass cubes at a store in the Bullring. High rise offices, apartments, and civic buildings have sprung up almost everywhere. Structures are still being built and old buildings demolished or adapted, depending on your point of view some … Continue reading Birmingham Trip

Road to the Grand Canyon

We Left Lake Havasu City yet again at around 08:30, today en-route to Las Vegas and return to dear old Blighty. Decided to take the backroads this time, that’s to Kingman, AZ then to Dolan Springs, Lake Mead and finally Henderson on the outskirts of Las Vegas. We had seen signs to the Grand Canyon on interstate 40 around Kingman stating it was 200 miles ahead. That, of course is to the South Rim and National Park. If you instead go via Dolan Springs the road leads to the Skywalk and various tours. The road is interesting enough for most … Continue reading Road to the Grand Canyon

Nipton – California

Nipton – Gateway to the Mojave National Preserve. An historic Mojave Desert town having its roots in the nineteenth century mining and ranching industries of the western United States and is located on the northern boundary of Mojave National Preserve. There’s … A stage coach line from Searchlight, Nevada, it was established to carry passengers and freight to the town and the railhead. … Post Office records for the period of 1907 – 1909 show a S.D. Karns as the Postmaster in Nipton. Continue reading Nipton – California

A Bit of Arizona

From Lake Havasu City Arizona to just below Boulder City Nevada. A journey of around 150 miles through some rugged high desert country to the staggeringly beautiful mountain scenes of southern Nevada. Lake Mead a lake on the Colorado River, about 24 miles southeast of the city of Las Vegas. It is the largest reservoir in the United States in terms of water capacity and located in Mohave County, Arizona and Clark County, Nevada.   Continue reading A Bit of Arizona

The Mohave Desert

Still hanging around in this area of California. The Mohave Desert has cast some sort of spell over me. I can’t get enough of the place for some strange reason, it’s arid and barren with some unusual plants and cacti including the Joshua Tree, it’s hot and dusty yet strangely beautiful. This vast desert which straddles 3 states, namely, California, Arizona and Nevada has a bewitching effect on many who travel through it. Travellers pitch tents, build shacks and homes in odd places, leave personal objects, mainly old trainers and shoes or names spelt out with stones seemingly to prove … Continue reading The Mohave Desert