Back in the USA!

We had a trip to the USA in late September and early October, which was highly enjoyable and produced a few interesting photos. Here’s what happened…   Day 1 Up early for flight to Washington. Everything goes smoothly apart from … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 15, 2014 in Travel, USA 2014


Day 2 Another early start, but thanks to jet lag it’s not a major issue. Reagan National Airport turns out to be an architectural gem, and I get some great shots of the main hall. Operationally it’s not at quite … Continue reading

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 in Travel, USA 2014

An Historic Day

Day 3 The drawback of being a stone’s throw from the airport is somewhat curtailed sleep as the flights start at about 4.30. Oh well… First stop is a fabric shop on the outskirts where Frances buys some tassles, and … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 in Travel, USA 2014

Music from Every Orifice, and a Sudden Realisation!

Day 4 It’s a long but leafy drive from Memphis to Nashville, a bit like a 200-mile long tree lined avenue, but with bigger trucks! The road is misleadingly uniform, so it’s a surprise how different the two cities are. … Continue reading

Into the Mountains

Day 5 After last night’s “oh bugger” moment we establish that the “right” Lynchburg is only about 60 miles south of Nashville and therefore a manageable diversion. The drive down is very pleasant, and the tour interesting, although our guide … Continue reading

Sunday, October 26, 2014 in Travel, USA 2014

An Unloved Park?

Day 7 A slightly frustrating day. Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited of the American parks, but in some ways it feels like the least loved. We are shocked by fresh graffiti in what may well still … Continue reading

Monday, November 24, 2014 in Travel, USA 2014

In the Blue Ridged Mountains…

Day 8 North Carolina. Lattes! Sparkling mineral water!! Vegetables!!! We drive through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and join the Blue Ridge Parkway. This was one of FDR’s great public works initiatives in the 1930s. Running along the ridge … Continue reading

Waterfall in the Rain

Day 9 We awake to something we haven’t seen so far this trip – rain. Fortunately I’m a great believer that bad weather makes good photographs, so hopefully we’ll still enjoy the day. We get back on the Parkway and … Continue reading

The Last Link in the Chain

Day 10 We start by driving back to the Linn Cove Viaduct, the last piece of the Parkway finally put in place in 1987. It’s a great feature in its own right, but there’s also some very colourful foliage on … Continue reading

Thursday, December 4, 2014 in Travel, USA 2014

Continuing the "USA 2014" Travel Blog…

I just realised that for some reason I never posted the last few days of our blog from our trip to the USA in 2014. Since I’m shortly going to start another one, I thought I should get my house … Continue reading

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 in USA 2014

The End of the Road

Day 13 A day of odd contrasts. We awake to fog so thick we can’t see Abbot Lake from our room, a distance of about 30m. It’s still thick by the time we’ve had breakfast and checked out, and the … Continue reading

Monday, October 26, 2015 in Travel, USA 2014