On the road again – Toronto to California to the Rockies

  Our last trip to the States was disastrous. Fun, but still disastrous. My handbag was stolen in Las Vegas. This was not just a mild inconvenience. It’s a huge inconvenience, worry, panic and money-suck when that handbag contains: yours and your husbands passports; your work visa for the country you live in; your house keys […]

Hoover Dam – Las Vegas, Nevada

There is more to Las Vegas than gambling, drinking, shows (and show girls), and more gambling, and more drinking and more show girls. Hoover Dam, previously called Boulder Dam, sits in the Black Canyon (part of the Colorado River) on the border of Arizona and Nevada. And it’s a major tourist attraction, with almost one million […]

Native Foods Cafe – Newport Beach, California

It’s rare that the Nomads eat at a restaurant that has a wide range of choices for South Nomad. Usually it’s chips, or garden salad, or one menu item without the cheese, or eggs, or the dressing (or without the meat, in the worst cases). On the rare occasion we do visit a restaurant or […]

Calico Ghost Town – Mojave Desert, California

There are two types of ghost towns in America. The first are the modern ghost towns – the depressing and tragic reality of the American economy. On a drive through the Mid-West you’ll pass many abandoned and derelict small towns. It’s scary how new and contemporary some of the buildings look in these modern ghost […]

Bottomless Lakes State Park – Roswell, New Mexico, United States

If you only stopped in Roswell’s main town, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was all alien paraphernalia and 50s diners. And for dwelling on the confrontingly high level of morbid obesity in the area. But if you drive 30 minutes past town out to Bottomless Lakes, you’ll find a place of unexpected beauty – […]

Crystal Cove Beach and Newport Beach Whole Foods – Orange County, California, United States of America

Baywatch has an awful lot to answer for. “The Hoff” is not cool. Those red swim suits wouldn’t hold up ten metres in waves, let alone saving another human’s life in a rip. And California does not have an endless summer. Nor is its ocean anywhere near warm. Like everyone, I have my 90’s secret […]

Jack Daniels’ Distillery Tour – Lynchburg, Tennessee, United States of America

Jack Daniels’ Distillery Tour There are only three ingredients in Jack Daniel’s liquor: corn, barley, and rye. If you’re ever had a Jack Daniels induced hangover, natural ingredients are not what you’d expect in this bourbon whiskey. Thankfully, a JD hangover isn’t something I’ve ever experienced. North Nomad, on the other hand, has been intimately […]