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 […]

Kit Cat’s Cathedral Christening

The 17th January 2015 was a special day for my family.  It was the day my niece (who shall be known as Kit Cat in this piece) got baptised in the almighty grandeur that is St Paul’s Cathedral, located right in the heart of the City of London. History The cathedral as we know it […]

Go nuts for national SQUIRREL month!

It is difficult not to love squirrels – they are just simply AWESOME! Big bushy tails, relentless nut foraging, endearing nut hiding/losing – what is there not to love?! My love of squirrels was fuelled three-fold during our recent trip to California, where the State just seems to be overrun by these adorable little critters. […]

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 […]

I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for Science Cream!

Cardiff now has its very own liquid nitrogen ice-cream parlour! Using liquid nitrogen to make ice-cream results in a unique creamy texture, as the sheer speed within which the ice-cream mixture freezes means ice crystals do not have the chance to form.  Even with the best ice-cream churner, you will not succeed in achieving this […]

When I grow up…

There was a time when every kid wanted to be an astronaut. Times have certainly changed, and an obsession with all things celebrity has overtaken the insatiable curiosity that spurred the mid century generation to set their sights on the moon.  There was a time when every kid wanted to be an astronaut. Times have […]

Environment: Hostile

The METEOR CRATER near Winslow, Arizona, is the windiest place I have ever been to. So much so, that all tours skirting the impact crater’s rim on the day we visited had been cancelled, out of fear of tourists plummeting to their deaths, some 170 meters towards the crater floor!  If I were being completely […]

NELSON, NV: New Vegas’ Most Notorious Ghost-Town

Ain’t that a kick in the head The gamers amongst you may well recognise Nelson’s water tower from Bethesda’s 2010 instalment of the RPG, FALLOUT:NEW VEGAS.  As the title suggests, the game is set primarily in the Las Vegas metropolitan area, in the aftermath of an apocalyptic nuclear war. Depicted as the stronghold of the […]