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Beyond the Pale - A 'pale' is a fencepost. The English Pale was a boundary in Ireland marking out the part of Ireland under direct English rule circa 1450 (which included Dublin and environs). Those that lived 'beyond the pale', outside of English rule, were considered out of control and uncivilised. You decide...

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Washington DC - is having a moment!

The White House behind bars

Washington DC (District of Columbia) always seemed so exotic to me - Is it a State? No. Is it a big city? No. Is it home to a revered leader? <awkward silence>

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Virginia - Williamsburg & Jamestown

Hi-Jackin' the Stripes


Good ole Sir Walter Raleigh, the 16th century explorer, soldier, writer, puddle cover-upper, original tobacco smoker, first fan of potatoes, and a favourite of the Queen, named the state of Virginia after Elizabeth the virgin Queen.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

North Carolina - Country Roads

12 seconds that changed the world


We skidded our car into a space, flung our bags into our hotel room, and marched up through the streets of the mountain town of Asheville North Carolina. It was bitterly cold, especially for soft West Coasters, but it sure was pretty. The town had a hipster vibe, (famous for its craft beer), Dom can testify a bottle of 'Cold Mountains' warmed him up nicely.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Georgia - Atlanta

Land of the free, home of the Braves


Atlanta is the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Coca Cola, Chicken Fil-A and The Waffle House... Breakfast with a conscience on the side!

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Pacific Coast Highway

Clint Eastwood's Mission Ranch

If you truly want to say you saw California you have to putz along the Pacific Coast Highway. Don’t zoom along, don’t skedaddle, you have to “putz”, stopping here and there to see this and that. God, as they say, is in the detail.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sacramento & Auburn - The Motherlode

"I love you, California"


One burning hot Summer’s day we melted our way out of San Francisco and slithered up and across to California’s capital city, Sacramento. To visit our longest standing, not to mention outstanding, California compadres - Patrick and Erin.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Iowa - Des Moines, Pella, Kalona

Attack of the giant corn


Roadtripping in Iowa you see a shuck load of corn - it’s tall, it’s green, and it’s everywhere!

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Wisconsin - Madison

Lake Life


Cheese is one of my favourite foods, I think it should have its own food group. My heart loves it, my body disagrees, I got my own internal Brexit going on. Nonetheless, I was salivating at thoughts of arriving in Wisconsin, Cheese Country, my kinda people.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Minnesota - Minneapolis, St Paul, Stillwater

Right lads, let's call that lunch


My references for Minnesota were; the singer Prince, the movie Fargo, and American Midwesterns of Scandinavian descent saying ‘Do you want a soda?’ (pronounced ‘sew-da’). Here are the things I found out; Prince lived in Minneapolis because it is awesome (may he Rest In Peace), it might have been snowing in Fargo but it was hotter than a hoppin hen in the Little Apple, and lastly, Minnesotans don’t called coke soda they call it pop!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Redwoods Roadtrip Part 3 - Mendocino

Sleep Hollow's got nothin' on Mendocino


I have visited Mendocino on many occasions from solo trips, to family vacays, to girls weekends away. On the family roadtrip we descended into Mendocino from the mighty Avenue of the Giants. We stopped in the Children’s Forest for some tree hugging. Compared to the gigantor redwoods us mere mortals do indeed look child size, if not lego size. The trees are astounding, I recommend one and all to come see them.