WAnderlust Series: Celebrating the National Park Service

The National Park Service is today celebrating its 99th year – Happy Birthday NPS!! The NPS was established by Congress on the 25th August 1916 by virtue of the Organic Act, with a statutory mission “to conserve the scenery and the natural and historic objects and wildlife therein, and to provide for the enjoyment of […]

Yee-haw, it’s Independence Day!

The cowboy is an undisputed American icon, and the 19th century westward expansion into the “Wild West” has been immortalised in popular culture for over a century. The American Frontier has been mythologised using tales of legendary outlaws such as Billy the Kid, quick-fire showdowns and raucous saloons, and is by far the most popularised […]

Lassen Volcanic Nat’l Park – Edge of the world wilderness and my favourite National Park. So far…

The U.S. National Park Service will celebrate its centennial next year on the 25 August, having been established by President Woodrow Wilson under the Organic Act of 1916. The precursor to this government agency was the proclamation of Devils Tower in Wyoming as the first National Monument by Theodore Roosevelt in 1906, and the dedication […]

To the Batcave!

Hiking in the Brecon Beacons offers such diversity in terms of the landscape that is available to be explored, and yesterday, we visited what is known as Waterfall Country, in search of Bruce Wayne’s legendary Batcave. The Batcave hides behind the tallest waterfall in South Wales (at 90 feet), in the county of Powys.  The […]

Last Guardian of the Iron Isles

The Gower peninsular in South Wales has an abundance of beautiful hikes.  Some of the better known hiking landmarks of the area include the gorgeous Three Cliffs Bay and the iconic Worms Head tidal island off Rhossili Beach. Whiteford Sands is one of the more unusual destinations of the Gower, in that its most notable […]

The day of the comet

Since the disappointment of Comet Ison’s failure to survive its fly-by around the sun earlier this year, I must confess that I had lowered my expectations somewhat for the landing of the Philae probe onto the surface of Comet 67P on Wednesday.   But the ESA and the Rosetta mission team pulled-off the impossible.   […]

Geology Rocks! Racetrack Revelations

We arrived at Death Valley all set up to solve the mystery of the Racetrack Playa’s incredible sailing stones.  But things don’t always turn out the way you expect them to… This remote, dry-mud area of one of America’s youngest national parks is strewn with small rocks and larger boulders of dolomite, all of which have […]