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America the Beautiful. Visiting National Parks in the US.

If you’re heading to the United States on any kind of road trip or holiday, the chances are you will want to visit a National Park or two. Dedicated as protected lands (and long may that continue), National Parks, Monuments, Forests and Recreation Areas are run by the National Park Service to ensure that the

The Splodz Blogz Photo Challenge | Week 26 #SplodzWPC

What did you make of last week’s “wow factor” theme? I hope there are things in your life that make you say “wow” out loud. If not, I recommend sitting for a while at the top of a hill looking at nature – what we’ve been given on our planet is pretty awesome. But anyway, here

Nevada after the Sand. #Zartusacan 13

The wind showed no sign of subsiding in Death Valley so rather than sit it out over the weekend we decided to carry on with our trip and just be grateful things didn’t get any worse for us the previous day (go and read about it). But our time in Nevada wasn’t over, and we’d

The Splodz Blogz Photo Challenge | Week 25 #SplodzWPC

What makes you go “wow”? You know, make you stop, stand, stare, and exhale that noise that those around you know means your breath has been taken away. That’s what I’m asking you to describe in this week’s photo challenge – whatever it is you think has the wow factor. Check out #SplodzWPC on Twitter |

Defeated by Death Valley. #Zartusacan 12

After spending the night in Ridgecrest, California, the plan was to ride through Death Valley National Park to Pahrump, Nevada. We knew it was going to be windy, it had been howling around our motel all night, but we didn’t really comprehend what that amount of wind would mean in the desert. Sand. Lots and

The General Sherman and a Black Bear. #Zartusacan 11

I can’t stress enough how much we ached after our hike down from Glacier Point in Yosemite National Park. Honestly the most strenuous hike I’ve ever done, my ankles, knees, calf muscles and thighs were SO stiff the next morning. I’m very pleased we booked into that cabin and I didn’t have to try and

The Splodz Blogz Photo Challenge | Week 24 #SplodzWPC

This week we have a very special theme because it’s a very special day… it’s my sister’s birthday – HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIS! So, in celebration of what an awesome sister she is, this week I want you to think about “a sister” and what that is or means or represents to you. Check out #SplodzWPC on Twitter | Instagram

Hiking in Yosemite National Park. #Zartusacan 10

I think Yosemite National Park is one of my favourite places in the world. It has views like no other, and having visited before we knew that this time around we wanted to do a hike to experience what the park had to offer away from the roads and standard photographs. We chose to hike

A Couple More Days of Sea Views. #Zartusacan 09

Once we reached San Francisco our route suddenly became a whole lot more difficult. Rather than “let’s ride down the coast to San Francisco”, we now had a whole map of places we fancied visiting but no simple or set route to get between each one. We spent some time sat in the Cheesecake Factory

A Few Days Off in San Francisco. #Zartusacan 08

For the first two weeks of our road trip our route was pretty simple – head south to San Francisco. Having spent 36 hours there a couple of years ago it was the only city on our “must visit” list (there will be other cities, for sure, but this one was somewhere we knew we

The Splodz Blogz Photo Challenge | Week 23 #SplodzWPC

Morning all and welcome to week 23 of the Splodz Blogz weekly photo challenge. Apologies to those who were waiting for / expecting one last week; I’m away travelling at the moment and had scheduled a few but still couldn’t keep up. Hopefully that’ll be the only one I miss.  Check out #SplodzWPC on Twitter | Instagram

How to Pay for Fuel in the USA

One thing you can’t get away from whilst road tripping in the USA is the need to buy fuel. Virtually all gas stations in the United States have what in the UK we call ‘pay at the pump’. If you don’t use pay at the pump, you must pre-pay inside with either cash or credit