Joshua Tree National Park

Where the Mojave Desert meets the Colorado Desert in southeast California we find Joshua Tree National Park. The parks ubiquitous Joshua Trees, mountains, rocky outcrops and open arid space certainly provides for some spectacular high desert scenery. The Joshua Trees are said to have been given that name by Mormon pioneers because they look like Joshua’s outstretched arms leading them to the promised…

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…

Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 – My Experience

A convention to celebrate all things Star Wars did not fail to disappoint. Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 (California) had it all: big stars, costumes, cosplayers, set dioramas, sneak peeks of the upcoming movie and various other Star Wars related TV shows and video games. Anything you could think of to buy that is Star Wars…

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…

Batman 75: Movie Costumes

After visiting the “Batcave” on the Warners Bros. VIP Studio Tour in Burbank, California the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Batman in May 1939 in Detective Comics #27 continued at the Batman 75 exhibit museum. This is a treasure trove of Batman costumes and props across the 7 Batman movies released between 1989…

Batman 75: To the Batcave!

The Caped Crusader or Dark Knight known as Batman was created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger and first appeared way back in May 1939 in Detective Comics #27. So 2014 is a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Batman and I couldn’t be happier than to join in on the party as Batman is by far…

Panda Bears and so much more at the San Diego Zoo!

BABY PANDA!!!! Now that I have you attention lets focus on what the massive San Diego Zoo has to offer (it spans 100 acres!). Yes Panda Bears for one – they have four, including a very cute baby male called Xiao Liwu who was born on July 29th, 2012. The adults are  Bai Yun, Gao Gao and Yun Zi. But these are just a…

Behold the awesomeness of the Californian Condor!

The mighty wingspan of a Californian Condor (a Vulture) is something to behold! These carrion feeders are seriously big birds (one of the largest) and can live for up to 60 years. They can weigh up to 13 kilograms / 29 pounds, have a wingspan of 2.95 metres / 9.7 feet and be up to 1.4 metres /4.6…

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…

A walk by San Diego Bay

On the San Diego waterfront is a fantastic US Navy aircraft carrier and naval aviation museum; the USS Midway (CV-41). A carrier which proudly served the US Navy from 1945 to 1991. Nearby to USS Midway are a number of military memorials and tributes including one to Bob Hope (1903-2003) who provided a lot of well needed…