Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.

Cesare Pavese

Athens

Athens

A city of ancient culture, ancient architecture, and soldiers with pom-poms on their shoes.
Milton Keynes Architecture

Milton Keynes Architecture

A day out in Milton Keynes playing with slide film in our cameras.
Whitburn in Autumn

Whitburn in Autumn

A trip up north, not long after returning from our trip out west.
The Final Leg

The Final Leg

And so came the day that comes at the end of all good holidays – the one where you have most of a day to kill before your flight home, and no particular enthusiasm for doing anything.
Monterrey

Monterrey

Our final full day in the USA, and we decided that it would be a good day for doing as little as possible, so we just planned to look around Monterey and do lots of eating, drinking and relaxing.
Highway 1

Highway 1

The breakfast at the Bella Maggiore was extremely good, so we left in a good mood and with full stomachs.  We hadn’t really decided where to go or what to do on this day, so the whole thing was a bit hit-and-miss.
Freeway Frenzy

Freeway Frenzy

This morning we suddenly got very conscious of the fact that we had just three nights left, and that we had to get all the way from the south-east side of Los Angeles to San Francisco.
More Joshua Trees

More Joshua Trees

A new day dawned, and another whole day in Joshua Tree was in the offing.  We began with the customary free breakfast at the Best Western.
Joshua Tree

Joshua Tree

A Rangers at the Park Headquarters told us that we should leave the park in mid afternoon and return in early evening, because the afternoon temperature would be too hot to bear.
Too Much Driving

Too Much Driving

We set ourselves the target of getting to Joshua Tree National Park from Holbrook in a day, which meant we had to cross all of Arizona and half of California.
Petrified Trees

Petrified Trees

It's a long drive east along I-40 to Holbrook to visit the Petrified Forest National Park   There isn’t much to look at in that direction.
Off to Flagstaff

Off to Flagstaff

We wanted a walk along the rim of Grand Canyon, so we parked up in a big lot in what looked like an old railway yard, and found our way to the bus stop going to Hermit’s Rest.
Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Over breakfast we were debating most was whether to take some sort of flight over the canyon. We decided to go for it.
Monumental

Monumental

This morning started off as a complete disaster for us.  Overnight, Mexican Hat had been hit by a power cut as a result of the thunderstorm the night before.
Bridges & Cliffs

Bridges & Cliffs

Capitol Reef was about the most lonely place we visited.  It is a very long, thin area of land which follows a geological feature called the Waterpocket Fold.
Bryce to Capitol Reef

Bryce to Capitol Reef

You can’t really get a feel for Bryce Amphitheatre if you stay on the rim, so we decided that one or two of the loop trails below the rim were necessary.
Zion to Bryce Canyon

Zion to Bryce Canyon

A day in Zion National Park looked like it was going to be fairly strenuous and action packed, so what better way to start off than with a substantial breakfast. 
Hoover Dam to Zion

Hoover Dam to Zion

Hoover Dam was just a couple of miles away.  The new visitor centre cost more dollars than the original dam, apparently.  That’s inflation for you.
Not Las Vegas

Not Las Vegas

We had it in our minds that we'd stay in Las Vegas.  We hadn’t booked anywhere to stay, and hadn’t tried to book anywhere, so it was going to be an adventure.
Death Valley

Death Valley

Nothing prepares you for the heat of Death Valley National Park in August.  You could use a few old clichés to try to paint the picture, but basically, it’s hot.