So why is it called Grand Canyon? What else could you call it? Is ginormous actually a word? Ginormous Canyon? Humongous Canyon? Neither sounds as elegant. Nor does Most Incredible, Unbelievably Large Canyon in the World, Ridiculously Huge Canyon, You Can’t Imagine How Big it Actually Is Canyon. You get the idea.
It stands as a monument to the vehicles and the road that helped shape the United States. It lies just west of Amarillo, Texas, on the old Route 66. Ten big old Cadillacs, planted nose first into the brown Texas dirt, slowly being eaten away by the wind and dust, climbed on and spray-painted over and over again. Names, obscenities, […]
It looks down, from a small hill, along a straight road that cuts through a flat, desolate landscape towards a series of jagged rocky cliffs. It screams American landscape: contemporary, thanks to the bitumen road, but also historic, due to the outcrops of Monument Valley made famous by countless Hollywood Western films.
The owner of our rented beachside house in Rarotonga wanted to apologise to us. He was sorry that the weather had been so bad during our stay. But it was the wet or cyclone season, after all. Bad weather? The weather had been nigh on perfect for the week. Sure, the first day, a Sunday, had been wet. This meant […]