Grand Coulee Dam is one powerful concrete monolith!

April 29th, 2012 Construction of the Grand Coulee Dam in Eastern Washington began in 1933 and it was completed in 1942. The dam is one of the largest concrete structures in the world at 167 metres / 55o feet tall, 1592 metres /5223 feet wide, with 12 million cubic feet of concrete. This is enough concrete…

From the Emerald City to the arid East

April 28th, 2012 I recently took a road trip out to Eastern Washington for the first time. Once you leave Seattle the “Emerald City” heading East and cross over the heavily forested Cascade Mountains you are suddenly in a very different Washington. The trees give way to arid rolling hills, valleys and canyons (with interesting…

I still call Australia home

Originally posted on Deano's Travels:
A sunburnt country… Although I currently live in the USA, my homeland is Australia and it is a place I love. January 26th is when we celebrate Australia Day so I thought I would write about that great southern land. “I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged…

Fort Stevens, Oregon – Japan Attacks!

January 13th, 2012 Fort Stevens State Park is located on the North coast of Oregon and has a very interesting history. Fort Stevens was built during the US Civil War in 1864 to protect the mouth of the Columbia River – particularly from potential British (from Canada) and Confederate raider attacks. Two other forts were built on the…

Nukes and Monuments: all in a typical day touring New Mexico

November 4th, 2011 THE STATE CAPITAL On this day I left the desert plains behind and headed for the mountains, valleys and forest that are around Santa Fe the state capital of New Mexico.  I paid an early morning visit to the historic downtown of Santa Fe to see the adobe style buildings, the Cathedral…

UFO’s and Aliens: welcome to Roswell New Mexico!

November 3rd, 2011 Roswell a name that immediately brings to mind the ultimate conspiracy theory, the UFO Incident of 1947. Located in Eastern New Mexico up until that time it was probably mainly recognised for its nearby Walker Army Air Field (closed in 1967) and not much else other than ranch farming, but on July 4th, 1947 everything changed for Roswell….

Yellowstone National Park…..truly a natural wonder

September 13th, 2011 Idaho to Montana After an early morning flight from Seattle I touched down on time in Boise, Idaho. At the airport were lined up a number of Republic A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft of the Idaho Air National Guard, and when I was picking up my hire car a McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet was landing…