The twelve Apostles in the Australian state of Victoria is a collection of eroded limestone sea stacks. There never were twelve, only nine. Due to erosion, only eight remain. The pile of dark rocks in the foreground is what remains of the apostle which collapsed in 2003. Continue reading
The Transfagarasan Highway was made famous by a British TV show which named it the world’s best highway for sports car enthusiasts. It obviously would be great fun in a sports car with the road blocked off for a race, as it was a few days after these photos. However, this was a very worrisome ride due to dodging fallen rocks and the aggressive Romanian drivers constantly passing on blind curves.
The Road to Hana is a popular must-do attraction for many visitors to the island of Maui. Guidebooks and audio tapes are available with descriptions of places to visit along the way, pinpointed by mile markers. This is quite confusing as the mile markers start over three times along this 12 hour route. Some tourists display the ‘Aloha’ spirit and take their time crossing the 50+ narrow one-way bridges, and navigating the twists and turns. Others are in the rush-rush mode, making the trip to Hana memorable and challenging in numerous ways.
Something we noticed in both China and Mexico was an apparent misunderstanding of trash. In both Mexico and in China we saw paid workers sweeping up leaves in the street (China) and sweeping leaves on our patio (Mexico) then diligently placing these natural leaves in a nearby trash receptacle. Also, in both instances you could count on seeing a large pile of real trash very nearby being ignored. Neither country has yet developed a noticeable regard for the environment and keeping it clean. If one wanted to, I am 100 percent confident a similar trash pile could be found in the States. However, one difference is that it is not at all unusual to see government paid workers in the States walking along a highway cleaning it up. Also, sections of highway are auctioned off in a joint venture between the paying public or corporations and the government for clean up. Kramer on Seinfeld bought such a section of highway and carried the cleanliness a bit too far. I clearly do not understand the many hurdles these poorer countries are facing and I have no solution for this situation. As a new world traveler, I am only pointing this out as something I noticed. Both countries’ citizens were interested in us and helpful in every way, that is just harder to capture by the camera.
Above the town of Crested Butte, Colorado, and beyond the ski area, is a National Forest. But before getting to this public land, one must pass through 1.5 miles of private land. It is hard for me to imagine that this is someone’s view each day. Crested Butte has some of the most beautiful mountains and land in Colorado.
The drive to Toroweep Overlook on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park is long and dusty. It is 58 miles of dirt road, one way. The last 6 miles require a high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicle. I came across two disabled trucks. One had three of the five lug bolts sheered off and the other a blown tire. Another big problem would be to encounter someone going the opposite direction on the narrow road. I took over three hours to cover the 58 miles when the books say it should only take 2 1/2.