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 […]

Ruined Castle – Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia

Like Ahab chasing Moby Dick, I obsessed over Ruined Castle. Each time I planned a hike to this sandstone rock formation cluster in NSW’s Blue Mountains, the gods of bushwalking looked unkindly on me and it had to be postponed. I didn’t just want to know what you could see five hours hike deep into […]