Georgia On My Mind – Road Trip Part I: Atlanta

I recently spent a few days enjoying a road trip around the state of Georgia. It was a spur of the moment journey that covered quite a bit of territory starting in the south of the state then up to Atlanta, across to Athens then south again. I experienced history, nature, bustling cities, huge storms and more! There is just so much to…

Remember the Alamo!

The Alamo (a former Franciscan mission first constructed in 1718) is located in San Antonio, Texas and became famous during the Battle of the Alamo (February 23rd to March 6th, 1836). This battle was a significant but doomed event in the Texas Revolution (October 2nd, 1835 to the final battle on April 21st, 1836) led by Texan colonists…

The Battleship USS Missouri (BB-63) “Mighty Mo”

The USS Missouri (BB-63) is an Iowa Class Battleship launched January 29th, 1944 and commissioned on June 11th, 1944. She served in the US Navy until 1955 when she became part of the ready reserve “Mothball Fleet” but was recommissioned in 1986 and went back into service until 1992. At 270.4 metres (887.3 feet) in length with a displacement of 45,000 tonnes she is a big…

Pearl Harbour 1941: Past to Present

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date that will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” – US President Franklin D. Roosevelt Pearl Harbour, Oahu, Hawaii 1941 On December 7th, 1941 the Imperial Japanese Navy conducted a surprise attack upon the US Navy…

U-505 “Das Boot”

In the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago is one of the most impressive museum displays I have ever seen. U-505 the only captured World War Two era German U-boat (Unterseeboot or submarine) in the USA is presented within a purpose-built wing of the museum in all its enormous glory. I was here 12…

Semper Fi – US Marine Corps

Semper Fidelis or often shortened to Semper Fi is the motto of the US Marine Corps and is Latin for “Always Faithful” or “Always Loyal“. US Marines have been protecting their nations interests since November 10th, 1775 when they were formed to fight for independence at sea and on the shore. By congressional mandate the Marines are their…

Hello Indianapolis!

Two Aussies on a road trip across the heartland of America from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Chicago, Illinois. After departing Cincinnati in Ohio we headed for Indianapolis, Indiana a city I knew very little about apart from the Indy 500 car race. What a cool city it turned out to be with impressive and scenic sights to take in, many…

Hello Pittsburgh!

Brad my friend from Australia and I recently undertook a road trip across the heartland of America from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Chicago, Illinois. From Philly we moved onto Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (a long drive). This blog is Part 2 of a series of photos of that journey showing cityscapes, famous places and some Man vs. Food meals and in this case Man vs….

“The Big J” – USS New Jersey

In my endless quest to see everything I have ever been interested in since I was a kid, I recently walked across the Ben Franklin Bridge over the Delaware River from Philadelphia, PA to Camden, NJ to see the mighty Iowa Class Battleship the USS New Jersey (BB-62) known as “The Big J“. She served from 1942 to 1991…

The USS Midway (CV-41) in San Diego

The USS Midway (CV-41) is a former US Navy aircraft carrier that served from 1945 to 1991. Today she sits at the San Diego waterfront as a museum (opened in 2004) in tribute to the US Navy servicemen and women who served on aircraft carriers either as sailors, pilots, air crew or marines. The USS…