Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum

The Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum in Yorba Linda, California is a showcase of the life and times of Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9th, 1913 to April 22nd, 1994), the controversial 37th President of the United States (Republican) from January 20th, 1969 to August 9th, 1974 when his presidency ended in political turmoil with…

Joshua Tree National Park – Lost Horse Mine

During, before and after the California Gold Rush of 1849, hardy men and women set off into the harsh California interior and mountains to find gold and hopefully make their fortune (not many did). The desert terrain of what is now Joshua Tree National Park was no exception and some 300 mines were developed there. Most…

Joshua Tree National Park – Wall Street Mill

The old Wall Street Mill can be found on a relatively short hike (3.54 km / 2.2. mile round trip) through the desert from the Wonderland of Rocks area of Joshua Tree National Park. This was a two stamp mill used to process gold found by gold prospectors within the region and was operated as needed from 1930…

My Top 10 US States

Since checking off travelling to all 50 US states last year, I get asked a lot what my favourite states are? That’s a pretty tough question! So, based off my overall travel experiences here goes. Firstly, generally people are friendly everywhere and each of the 50 US states has something special to offer but for…

Soviet Foxtrot B-427 Scorpion Submarine

In Long Beach, California right alongside the Queen Mary sits Podvodnaya Lodka B-427 Scorpion (“Podvodnaya Lodka” is Russian for Submarine). This is a former Cold War era Soviet Project 641 Foxtrot class diesel-electric attack submarine that was once the nemesis of the US Navy Pacific Fleet. B-427 once protected Soviet Fleet warships and nuclear missile submarines from…

Wandering the decks of the Queen Mary

A few years ago I was in Auckland, New Zealand at the same time the Queen Mary 2 was in port. One mighty and extremely luxurious cruise liner (launched in 2003 the 75,000 tonne, 1,132 feet / 345 metre long QM2 can carry 2,620 passengers along with 1,253 officers and crew)! It always stuck in my mind that I should…

The Battleship USS Iowa (BB-61) “The Big Stick”

During World War Two the US Navy built 4 of the 45,000 tonne Iowa Class Battleships to dominate the oceans and Axis navies. Having visited three of the sister ships in 2013: USS New Jersey (BB-62 in Camden, New Jersey), USS Missouri (BB-63 in Pearl Harbour, Hawaii ) and USS Wisconsin (BB-64 in Norfolk, Virginia) I needed to complete the set and visit the class…

The National World War Two Museum

In the heart of New Orleans, Louisiana is The National World War Two Museum of the United States. This city is home to the museum because the then President Eisenhower (also the General in charge of the June 6th, 1944 D-Day invasion in Europe during World War Two) named Dr. Stephen Higgins the man who…

Centenary of World War One: The National World War One Museum

2014 marks 100 years since World War One commenced. A conflict that officially raged from July 28th, 1914 until an armistice was declared on November 11th, 1918. Many political events and imperial desires lead to this war but the key trigger point was the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on June…

Georgia On My Mind – Road Trip Part III: Athens to Andersonville

My road trip around the state of Georgia continues… From Stone Mountain just east of Atlanta my next stop was the busy little city of Athens the home of the University of Georgia (chartered 1785). I walked about the historic part of the massive campus and explored the downtown area. This seems like a fun…