USA Grand Tour 2006
 

USA Grand Tour 2006

The statue of John Harvard, commemorating his founding of the university in 1638. Actually, that sentence has three lies in it:

The statue of John Harvard, commemorating his founding of the university in 1638. Actually, that sentence has three lies in it:

  1. John Harvard didn't found the university, he just donated so much to it that it was named after him a couple of years after is was founded.

  2. The university was founded in 1636.

  3. The person depicted isn't John Harvard - nobody knows what he looked like. Somebody else sat as model.

Hahvahd Aftah Dahk

2006-05-01 14:23

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

The bus will drop you off in Chinatown.

The bus will drop you off in Chinatown.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 11:40

New York
New York, New York

New York

Empire State building, as seen from the street.

Empire State building, as seen from the street.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 12:29

New York
New York, New York

New York

"Proof of life" from the 88th floor observatory of Empire State.

"Proof of life" from the 88th floor observatory of Empire State.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 13:09

New York
New York, New York

New York

The view south from the observatory.

The view south from the observatory.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 13:12

New York
New York, New York

New York

This is a public service announcement. When you buy tickets at Empire State Building, you will be offered to go to the 102nd floor observatory for another $14. This is what you will get. A submarine-like room with dirty windows. As the life operator said: "It's stopid. Nuthin' disastrous, juss' stopid." Stay on the 88th floor and save your money.

This is a public service announcement. When you buy tickets at Empire State Building, you will be offered to go to the 102nd floor observatory for another $14. This is what you will get. A submarine-like room with dirty windows. As the life operator said: "It's stopid. Nuthin' disastrous, juss' stopid." Stay on the 88th floor and save your money.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 13:22

New York
New York, New York

New York

Park street.

Park street.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 14:06

New York
New York, New York

New York

Statue of Alice in Wonderland in Central Park.

Statue of Alice in Wonderland in Central Park.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 14:17

New York
New York, New York

New York

The Turtle Pond in Central Park.

The Turtle Pond in Central Park.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 14:27

New York
New York, New York

New York

View of The Lake in Central Park.

View of The Lake in Central Park.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 14:37

New York
New York, New York

New York

Ground Zero - this is where the World Trade Center used to be.

Ground Zero - this is where the World Trade Center used to be.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 15:21

New York
New York, New York

New York

The World Trade Center Cross, a cross-shaped remnant of the exterior wall of WTC.

The World Trade Center Cross[a], a cross-shaped remnant of the exterior wall of WTC.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 15:22

New York
New York, New York

New York

Flowers at Ground Zero.

Flowers at Ground Zero.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 15:24

New York
New York, New York

New York

A view of the rebuilding effort.

A view of the rebuilding effort.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 15:24

New York
New York, New York

New York

Inside the Winter Garden at World Financial Center, the complex right next to WTC.

Inside the Winter Garden at World Financial Center, the complex right next to WTC.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 15:31

New York
New York, New York

New York

Battery Park City.

Battery Park City.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 15:49

New York
New York, New York

New York

Battery Park.

Battery Park.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 16:06

New York
New York, New York

New York

Battery Park. The slabs list dead US sailors.

Battery Park. The slabs list dead US sailors.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 16:08

New York
New York, New York

New York

The statue of liberty. The vertical smudge to the right in the image is caused by lens damage.

The statue of liberty. The vertical smudge to the right in the image is caused by lens damage.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 16:08

New York
New York, New York

New York

A curch near battery park.

A curch near battery park.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 17:35

New York
New York, New York

New York

Statue outside the US Customs building.

Statue outside the US Customs building.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 17:41

New York
New York, New York

New York

The subway.

The subway.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 17:44

New York
New York, New York

New York

The Almighty Buck starts and stops here.

The Almighty Buck starts and stops here.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 17:48

New York
New York, New York

New York

Of all streets in NY, I think Wall Street is the only one where I've really felt the high-rise buildings on the sides of the street really give the area a claustrophobic feel.

Of all streets in NY, I think Wall Street is the only one where I've really felt the high-rise buildings on the sides of the street really give the area a claustrophobic feel.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 17:55

New York
New York, New York

New York

A picture of the Manhattan skyline as the bus leaves for Boston.

A picture of the Manhattan skyline as the bus leaves for Boston.

New York, NY

2006-04-26 19:16

New York
New York, New York

New York

The place I'm staying at, 199 Park Drive.

The place I'm staying at, 199 Park Drive.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 11:26

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

The subway, known as "The T" (short for Trolley, I assume).

The subway, known as "The T[b]" (short for Trolley, I assume).

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 11:44

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

Boston Commons.

Boston Commons.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 11:54

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

A hopscotch outside the old city hall. The building also served as the first public school.

A hopscotch outside the old city hall. The building also served as the first public school.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 12:19

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

Hopscotch detail.

Hopscotch detail.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 12:19

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

Benjamin Franklin. This is the first statue in the US that showed the person depicted in typical clothes. Other statues, such as the one of Quincy Adams just ten meters away, used the old heroic / roman style of clothing.

Benjamin Franklin. This is the first statue in the US that showed the person depicted in typical clothes. Other statues, such as the one of Quincy Adams just ten meters away, used the old heroic / roman style of clothing.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 12:21

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

The Red Sox is not as much a baseball team as a state religion.

The Red Sox is not as much a baseball team as a state religion.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 12:29

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

Cityscape.

Cityscape.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 12:33

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

Entering the Italian part of town.

Entering the Italian part of town.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 12:47

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

Street in the Italian quarter.

Street in the Italian quarter.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 12:47

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

A small park near Paul Revere's house.

A small park near Paul Revere's house.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 12:59

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

Some flowers.

Some flowers.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 13:02

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

View of Boston.

View of Boston.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 13:16

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

Bridge detail.

Bridge detail.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 13:16

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

Flowers.

Flowers.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 13:21

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

Old railway car near USS Consitution.

Old railway car near USS Consitution.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 13:25

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

A street on Bunker Hill.

A street on Bunker Hill.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 14:13

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

Trees in bloom.

Trees in bloom.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 14:17

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

Trees in bloom near a veteran's memorial.

Trees in bloom near a veteran's memorial.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 14:20

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

Veteran's Memorial near Bunker Hill.

Veteran's Memorial near Bunker Hill.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 14:20

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

Back street.

Back street.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 14:34

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

View of the Italian quarter from a safe distance.

View of the Italian quarter from a safe distance.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 14:44

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

Boston cityscape.

Boston cityscape.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 14:44

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

The city hall.

The city hall.

Boston, MA

2006-04-25 14:54

Boston
Boston, Massachusetts

Boston

The Charlotte skyline.

The Charlotte skyline.

Charlotte, NC

2006-04-23 18:06

Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte

In the financial district.

In the financial district.

Charlotte, NC

2006-04-23 18:16

Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte

The view from Bernard and Mimi's summer home in the mountains.

The view from Bernard and Mimi's summer home in the mountains.

Linville Gorge

2006-04-23 11:26

Hawksbill
Linville Gorge, North Carolina

Hawksbill

The "Hawkbill" trail, leading up to the peak of the same name. The rock outcrop at the top gives the peak the silhouette of a hawk's bill.

The "Hawkbill" trail, leading up to the peak of the same name. The rock outcrop at the top gives the peak the silhouette of a hawk's bill.

Linville Gorge

2006-04-23 11:57

Hawksbill
Linville Gorge, North Carolina

Hawksbill

View down the gorge from Hawkbill.

View down the gorge from Hawkbill.

Linville Gorge

2006-04-23 12:26

Hawksbill
Linville Gorge, North Carolina

Hawksbill

Looking the other way.

Looking the other way.

Linville Gorge

2006-04-23 12:26

Hawksbill
Linville Gorge, North Carolina

Hawksbill

Me, standing on the rock outcrop.

Me, standing on the rock outcrop.

Linville Gorge

2006-04-23 12:35

Hawksbill
Linville Gorge, North Carolina

Hawksbill

A picture of my hosts in Charlotte, Mimi and Bernard Clarke.

A picture of my hosts in Charlotte, Mimi and Bernard Clarke.

Linville Gorge

2006-04-23 12:36

Hawksbill
Linville Gorge, North Carolina

Hawksbill

Mountain shrub in bloom.

Mountain shrub in bloom.

Linville Gorge

2006-04-23 12:45

Hawksbill
Linville Gorge, North Carolina

Hawksbill

Some orchids on top of the Hawkbill peak.

Some orchids on top of the Hawkbill peak.

Linville Gorge

2006-04-23 12:50

Hawksbill
Linville Gorge, North Carolina

Hawksbill

Another view down the gorge.

Another view down the gorge.

Linville Gorge

2006-04-23 12:54

Hawksbill
Linville Gorge, North Carolina

Hawksbill

Linville Falls. The water is usually clear, but rainfall had brought with it soil, making the waters muddy. In addition, the stream was also about three times the size it would have been on a dry day.

Linville Falls. The water is usually clear, but rainfall had brought with it soil, making the waters muddy. In addition, the stream was also about three times the size it would have been on a dry day.

Linville Gorge

2006-04-23 15:30

Hawksbill
Linville Gorge, North Carolina

Hawksbill

A typical Charleston street.

A typical Charleston street.

Charleston, SC

2006-04-22 10:54

Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston

The houses usually have very beautiful (and very publically inaccessible) gardens. The garden here came witha sign that said "please enjoy the garden from the street".

The houses usually have very beautiful (and very publically inaccessible) gardens. The garden here came witha sign that said "please enjoy the garden from the street".

Charleston, SC

2006-04-22 10:56

Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston

No siree. Didn't think of it at all.

No siree. Didn't think of it at all.

Charleston, SC

2006-04-22 10:56

Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston

Row of houses near White Point, the southernmost point of the peninsula where Charlestown is situated.

Row of houses near White Point, the southernmost point of the peninsula where Charlestown is situated.

Charleston, SC

2006-04-22 11:04

Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston

Second South Carolina Regiment Army of the Revolution Organized June 17, 1775

Second South Carolina Regiment
Army of the Revolution
Organized June 17, 1775

To the defenders of Fort Moultrie
June the 28th, 1776

Charleston, SC

2006-04-22 11:16

Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston

Memorial at White Point. A coastal battery used to be placed here.

Memorial at White Point. A coastal battery used to be placed here.

Charleston, SC

2006-04-22 11:17

Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston

Row of houses along East Battery street.

Row of houses along East Battery street.

Charleston, SC

2006-04-22 11:20

Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston

More East Battery street houses.

More East Battery street houses.

Charleston, SC

2006-04-22 11:23

Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston

The Circular Church, a very old church with an amazing history.

The Circular Church[e], a very old church with an amazing history[f].

Charleston, SC

2006-04-22 12:24

Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston

The "four corners of law" intersection. On the corners are the courthouse (state law), City Hall (munipical law), the Federal Building and U.S. Post Office (federal law), and Saint Michael's Episcopal Church (canon law).

The "four corners of law" intersection. On the corners are the courthouse (state law), City Hall (munipical law), the Federal Building and U.S. Post Office (federal law), and Saint Michael's Episcopal Church (canon law).

Charleston, SC

2006-04-22 12:43

Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston

P.C.F. Beauregard General Commander Confederate Forces Charleston, South Carolina Held this city and harbour inviolate against combined attacks by land and water 1863 - 1864 - 1865

P.C.F. Beauregard
General
Commander Confederate Forces
Charleston, South Carolina
Held this city and harbour
inviolate
against combined attacks
by land and water
1863 - 1864 - 1865

Charleston, SC

2006-04-22 12:46

Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston

Squirrels are everywhere.

Squirrels are everywhere.

Charleston, SC

2006-04-22 15:44

Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston

The "Blind Tiger Pub". During the era when liquour could only be sold in amounts dictated by state law, an entrepenurial spirit set up a chain of "Blind Tiger" pubs. The pub would sell tickets to a fight between two such animals. When the spectators showed up they would be treated to a "complimentary" (and therefore not "sold") drink. Later, the pub owner would announce that unfortunately there would be no fight, but that tickets for the next day's fight could be bought.

The "Blind Tiger Pub". During the era when liquour could only be sold in amounts dictated by state law, an entrepenurial spirit set up a chain of "Blind Tiger" pubs. The pub would sell tickets to a fight between two such animals. When the spectators showed up they would be treated to a "complimentary" (and therefore not "sold") drink. Later, the pub owner would announce that unfortunately there would be no fight, but that tickets for the next day's fight could be bought.

Charleston, SC

2006-04-22 15:56

Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston

Memorial to Cold War submarine crews at Patriot Point, across the river from Charleston.

Memorial to Cold War submarine crews at Patriot Point, across the river from Charleston.

Charleston, SC

2006-04-22 16:24

Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston

South Carolina sunset, somewhere along the I-77.

South Carolina sunset, somewhere along the I-77.

Charleston, SC

2006-04-22 19:58

Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston

Sports in Chicago is not always about winning. For fans of the "Lovable Losers", the Cubs, that is an attitude that must have been born out of neccessity rather than enlightenment.

Sports in Chicago is not always about winning. For fans of the "Lovable Losers", the Cubs, that is an attitude that must have been born out of neccessity rather than enlightenment.

Wild Onion?

2006-04-19 14:30

Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago

"The Italian Village" is Chicago's oldest Italian restaurant, having been open since 1927. (And you know what tax skills that requires.)

"The Italian Village[h]" is Chicago's oldest Italian restaurant, having been open since 1927. (And you know what tax skills[i] that requires.)

Wild Onion?

2006-04-19 15:26

Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago

The problem with having a company name with a meaning.

The problem with having a company name with a meaning.

Wild Onion?

2006-04-19 16:17

Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago

The Chicago water tower, one of the few structures to survive the great fire. It is now a national landmark.

The Chicago water tower, one of the few structures to survive the great fire[j]. It is now a national landmark.

Wild Onion?

2006-04-19 17:13

Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago

Storefront at 320 N. Michigan Ave.

Storefront at 320 N. Michigan Ave.

Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe

2006-04-19 18:05

320 N. Michigan Ave
Chicago, Illinois

320 N. Michigan Ave

The view from my hotel window. It is East Congress Parkway going across Michigan Avenue toward the Grant Park.

The view from my hotel window. It is East Congress Parkway going across Michigan Avenue[k] toward the Grant Park.

Chicago, IL

2006-04-18 13:44

Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago

View from Grant Park facing west.

View from Grant Park facing west.

Chicago, IL

2006-04-18 13:50

Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago

The Chicago river.

The Chicago river.

Chicago, IL

2006-04-18 21:14

Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Chicago

View over a residential district of Kahului. (Wailuku looks the same.)

View over a residential district of Kahului. (Wailuku looks the same.)

Kahului

2006-04-17 11:46

Kahului
Maui, Hawaii

Kahului

Driving down Highway 32, "Kaahumanu Avenue", the main street going through Kahului and Wailuku.

Driving down Highway 32, "Kaahumanu Avenue", the main street going through Kahului and Wailuku.

Kahului

2006-04-17 11:53

Kahului
Maui, Hawaii

Kahului

Statue of Ka'ahumanu in the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. All coins thrown in the pool are donated to local charities.

Statue of Ka'ahumanu in the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center. All coins thrown in the pool are donated to local charities.

Queen Ka'ahumanu

2006-04-17 11:08

Queen Ka'ahumanu Center
Maui, Hawaii

Queen Ka'ahumanu Center

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road? A: It didn't. But it would have been better off if it had. It just ran around aimlessly on one side, getting in everybody's way and was nearly run over by at least two cars.

Q: Why did the chicken cross the road?
A: It didn't. But it would have been better off if it had. It just ran around aimlessly on one side, getting in everybody's way and was nearly run over by at least two cars.

These are everywhere. You see them running around in the streets, and even here, about ten miles from the nearest town, you find them.

Road to Hana

2006-04-16 08:52

Highway 360
Maui, Hawaii

Highway 360

The kind of road you get to drive. It doesn't get any straighter than this for fifteen miles in each direction.

The kind of road you get to drive. It doesn't get any straighter than this for fifteen miles in each direction.

Road to Hana

2006-04-16 09:02

Highway 360
Maui, Hawaii

Highway 360

The road follows the coastline more or less exactly, as can be seen here.

The road follows the coastline more or less exactly, as can be seen here.

Road to Hana

2006-04-16 10:31

Highway 360
Maui, Hawaii

Highway 360

Lush valleys fill the seaside view.

Lush valleys fill the seaside view.

Road to Hana

2006-04-16 09:18

Highway 360
Maui, Hawaii

Highway 360

As you stop and hike into each valley you're bound to find the stream that originally carved out the valley. This photo was taken after a light rain, during heavy rain the stream increases in size by a magnitude.

As you stop and hike into each valley you're bound to find the stream that originally carved out the valley. This photo was taken after a light rain, during heavy rain the stream increases in size by a magnitude.

Road to Hana

2006-04-16 10:06

Highway 360
Maui, Hawaii

Highway 360

A larger stream during light rain.

A larger stream during light rain.

Road to Hana

2006-04-16 10:45

Highway 360
Maui, Hawaii

Highway 360

Close up of the waterfall.

Close up of the waterfall.

Road to Hana

2006-04-16 10:47

Highway 360
Maui, Hawaii

Highway 360

One of the innumerable one-lane bridges on Highway 360.

One of the innumerable one-lane bridges on Highway 360.

Road to Hana

2006-04-16 10:58

Highway 360
Maui, Hawaii

Highway 360

Kaihalulu bay, a red sand beach.

Kaihalulu bay, a red sand beach.

Road to Hana

2006-04-16 12:22

Highway 360
Maui, Hawaii

Highway 360

Kaihalulu bay looking southwest.

Kaihalulu bay looking southwest.

Road to Hana

2006-04-16 12:39

Highway 360
Maui, Hawaii

Highway 360

I guess I'll step on it, then.

I guess I'll step on it, then.

Oneuli Beach

2006-04-15 16:56

Oneuli Beach
Maui, Hawaii

Oneuli Beach

South part of the beach.

South part of the beach.

Oneuli Beach

2006-04-15 17:07

Oneuli Beach
Maui, Hawaii

Oneuli Beach

North part of Oneuli beach.

North part of Oneuli beach.

Oneuli Beach

2006-04-15 17:07

Oneuli Beach
Maui, Hawaii

Oneuli Beach

Note the black grains that give the sand the dark color.

Note the black grains that give the sand the dark color.

Oneuli Beach

2006-04-15 17:17

Oneuli Beach
Maui, Hawaii

Oneuli Beach

Trees behind the beach.

Trees behind the beach.

Oneuli Beach

2006-04-15 18:22

Oneuli Beach
Maui, Hawaii

Oneuli Beach

Sunset at Oneuli.

Sunset at Oneuli.

Oneuli Beach

2006-04-15 18:27

Oneuli Beach
Maui, Hawaii

Oneuli Beach

View of East Maui from Oneuli.

View of East Maui from Oneuli.

Oneuli Beach

2006-04-15 18:30

Oneuli Beach
Maui, Hawaii

Oneuli Beach

Entering Iao valley.

Entering Iao valley.

Iao Valley

2006-04-15 13:45

Iao Valley
Maui, Hawaii

Iao Valley

Winding road between steep cliffs.

Winding road between steep cliffs.

Iao Valley

2006-04-15 13:45

Iao Valley
Maui, Hawaii

Iao Valley

The streams going down the bottom of the valley.

The streams going down the bottom of the valley.

Iao Valley

2006-04-15 14:01

Iao Valley
Maui, Hawaii

Iao Valley

The "Iao Needle". A piece of denser rock that was embedded in more easily erodable rock, and that remained when the surrounding rock was washed away by rains.

The "Iao Needle". A piece of denser rock that was embedded in more easily erodable rock, and that remained when the surrounding rock was washed away by rains.

Iao Valley

2006-04-15 14:17

Iao Valley
Maui, Hawaii

Iao Valley

The sides of the valley.

The sides of the valley.

Iao Valley

2006-04-15 14:36

Iao Valley
Maui, Hawaii

Iao Valley

A hiking trail follows one of the streams up a couple of hundred meters.

A hiking trail follows one of the streams up a couple of hundred meters.

Iao Valley

2006-04-15 14:24

Iao Valley
Maui, Hawaii

Iao Valley

Highway 31 goes straight through the southern part of Maui, with a huge grass plain to the seaward side of the road.

Highway 31 goes straight through the southern part of Maui, with a huge grass plain to the seaward side of the road.

The Road South

2006-04-15 12:29

Highway 31
Maui, Hawaii

Highway 31

The road snakes through the landscape.

The road snakes through the landscape.

The Road South

2006-04-15 12:29

Highway 31
Maui, Hawaii

Highway 31

Frequent bridges allows one to drive over lava flows.

Frequent bridges allows one to drive over lava flows.

The Road South

2006-04-15 12:09

Highway 31
Maui, Hawaii

Highway 31

The Winery garden. This used to be where the main building of Ulupalakua Ranch stood.

The Winery garden. This used to be where the main building of Ulupalakua Ranch stood.

Maui's Winery

2006-04-15 10:27

Ulupalakua Ranch
Maui, Hawaii

Ulupalakua Ranch

The "King House", now used for wine tasting. The building got the name from the fact that it was built in all haste after the ranch owners had invited the king of Hawaii, and then realized that the king would have nowhere to stay when he arrived.

The "King House", now used for wine tasting. The building got the name from the fact that it was built in all haste after the ranch owners had invited the king of Hawaii, and then realized that the king would have nowhere to stay when he arrived.

Maui's Winery

2006-04-15 11:01

Ulupalakua Ranch
Maui, Hawaii

Ulupalakua Ranch

The wine tasting room and souvenir shop.

The wine tasting room and souvenir shop.

Maui's Winery

2006-04-15 11:02

Ulupalakua Ranch
Maui, Hawaii

Ulupalakua Ranch

The show starts with everyone getting a chance to learn how to "shake it, Hawaiian style": Hula! (Everyone without a Y-chromosome, that is, as they only teach the women's moves. Unless female, remain seated.)

The show starts with everyone getting a chance to learn how to "shake it, Hawaiian style": Hula! (Everyone without a Y-chromosome, that is, as they only teach the women's moves. Unless female, remain seated.)

Luau!

2006-04-14 18:12

Lahaina
Maui, Hawaii

Lahaina

Once the amateurs have finished dancing, the pros take over.

Once the amateurs have finished dancing, the pros take over.

Luau!

2006-04-14 19:36

Lahaina
Maui, Hawaii

Lahaina

Different hula, different clothes.

Different hula, different clothes.

Luau!

2006-04-14 19:44

Lahaina
Maui, Hawaii

Lahaina

While the women do the "rolling hips", the men do a dance similar to a Maori war dance, if you've seen that.

While the women do the "rolling hips", the men do a dance similar to a Maori war dance, if you've seen that.

Luau!

2006-04-14 19:48

Lahaina
Maui, Hawaii

Lahaina

A couple of hulas later we get the fire dance. The men have double-ended torches (think two torches connected bottom-to-bottom, or a flaming Q-tip).

A couple of hulas later we get the fire dance. The men have double-ended torches (think two torches connected bottom-to-bottom, or a flaming Q-tip).

Luau!

2006-04-14 20:14

Lahaina
Maui, Hawaii

Lahaina

The women hold burning globes suspended from chains.

The women hold burning globes suspended from chains.

Luau!

2006-04-14 20:18

Lahaina
Maui, Hawaii

Lahaina

The whole luau crew on stage.

The whole luau crew on stage.

Luau!

2006-04-14 20:20

Lahaina
Maui, Hawaii

Lahaina

The company Expedia hires is "Maui Mountain Cruisers" and what better seal of quality than a signed photo of the cheerleaders of the Baltimore Ravens?

The company Expedia hires is "Maui Mountain Cruisers" and what better seal of quality than a signed photo of the cheerleaders of the Baltimore Ravens?

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 04:00

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Highway

After forcing myself out of bed at 0300 we were taken to the top of Haleakala. At 0530, this is what the horizon looks like.

After forcing myself out of bed at 0300 we were taken to the top of Haleakala. At 0530, this is what the horizon looks like.

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 05:31

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Highway

You can see the clouds coming in from the sea, striking the hills like a giant wave frozen in time.

You can see the clouds coming in from the sea, striking the hills like a giant wave frozen in time.

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 06:00

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Highway

Then, suddenly, a point of light appears at the horizon.

Then, suddenly, a point of light appears at the horizon.

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 06:01

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Highway

The point quickly grows into the full sun.

The point quickly grows into the full sun.

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 06:03

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Highway

The valley below is lit up.

The valley below is lit up.

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 06:08

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Highway

The valley seen is often mistaken for an extinct volcano, but this is not the case. The valley that crosses the southern part of Maui started as two valleys, one in the north and one in the south. As the porous volcanic rock eroded, the valleys extended toward the summit and finally merged, producing a valley that crosses the Haleakala mountain.

The valley seen is often mistaken for an extinct volcano, but this is not the case. The valley that crosses the southern part of Maui started as two valleys, one in the north and one in the south. As the porous volcanic rock eroded, the valleys extended toward the summit and finally merged, producing a valley that crosses the Haleakala mountain.

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 06:09

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Highway

Standard gear for downhill cruising - rain coat and pants, helmet and skiing gloves. The gloves are needed to keep the hands warm at altitude, and the rain gear are used when passing through the clouds (100% humidity) on the way down. It also has the purpose of making the column look like a bike-mounted half platoon of Papa Smurfs.

Standard gear for downhill cruising - rain coat and pants, helmet and skiing gloves. The gloves are needed to keep the hands warm at altitude, and the rain gear are used when passing through the clouds (100% humidity) on the way down. It also has the purpose of making the column look like a bike-mounted half platoon of Papa Smurfs.

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 07:40

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Highway

Pause for proof-of-being-here pictures.

Pause for proof-of-being-here pictures.

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 08:02

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Highway

View down toward the eastern side of the island.

View down toward the eastern side of the island.

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 08:03

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Highway

The trip down includes a stop at Makawao. Here you can check out some art galleries, such as Julie Galeeva, whose art is far better than her opening hours (closed when I was there), and Sherri Reeve.

The trip down includes a stop at Makawao. Here you can check out some art galleries, such as Julie Galeeva[l], whose art is far better than her opening hours (closed when I was there), and Sherri Reeve[m].

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 09:20

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Highway

Obviously the local black market currency. (I really have no idea what this is about. Maybe if you find an avocado you can cash it in here.)

Obviously the local black market currency. (I really have no idea what this is about. Maybe if you find an avocado you can cash it in here.)

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 09:35

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Highway

The trip ended at (I think) Holy Ghost Church. This is a statue commemorating Father Damien's battle to help victims of the plague that scoured the island.

The trip ended at (I think) Holy Ghost Church. This is a statue commemorating Father Damien's battle to help victims of the plague that scoured the island.

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 10:31

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Highway

Other notable priests include Father Louie. Father Louie Funk. I can't think of a cooler name. I'm sure the name alone was enough for him to "get on up" to sainthood.

Other notable priests include Father Louie. Father Louie Funk. I can't think of a cooler name. I'm sure the name alone was enough for him to "get on up" to sainthood.

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 10:38

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Highway

The church. The downhill guide told me that the architecture was full of sacred geometry to channel spiritual power from the surroundings, and that the arches were just like the ones at the bottom of the WTC, making those twin towers, in effect, churches. Anyway. Now you know it, too.

The church. The downhill guide told me that the architecture was full of sacred geometry to channel spiritual power from the surroundings, and that the arches were just like the ones at the bottom of the WTC, making those twin towers, in effect, churches. Anyway. Now you know it, too.

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 10:35

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Highway

The bus used to transport the bikes and trail behind the column of bikers, making sure that no car rams our asses. Who Katrina Farrah is is a mystery.

The bus used to transport the bikes and trail behind the column of bikers, making sure that no car rams our asses. Who Katrina Farrah is is a mystery.

Ride Down the Volcano

2006-04-14 10:38

Haleakala Highway
Maui, Hawaii

Haleakala Highway

The Big Island around the Kilauea caldera is covered with tropical vegetation.

The Big Island around the Kilauea caldera is covered with tropical vegetation.

Hawaii (Big) Island

2006-04-13 09:03

Kilauea
Big Island, Hawaii

Kilauea

The Kilauea Iki crater, immediately to the east of the Kilauea caldera (which can be seen in the background).

The Kilauea Iki crater, immediately to the east of the Kilauea caldera (which can be seen in the background).

Hawaii (Big) Island

2006-04-13 09:09

Kilauea
Big Island, Hawaii

Kilauea

The entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube on the east edge of the Kilauea Iki crater.

The entrance to the Thurston Lava Tube on the east edge of the Kilauea Iki crater.

Hawaii (Big) Island

2006-04-13 09:20

Kilauea
Big Island, Hawaii

Kilauea

Inside the lava tube.

Inside the lava tube.

Hawaii (Big) Island

2006-04-13 09:21

Kilauea
Big Island, Hawaii

Kilauea

Inside the lava tube, this time with a long exposure to show more detail.

Inside the lava tube, this time with a long exposure to show more detail.

Hawaii (Big) Island

2006-04-13 09:23

Kilauea
Big Island, Hawaii

Kilauea

The lava flow of 1974.

The lava flow of 1974.

Hawaii (Big) Island

2006-04-13 09:37

Kilauea
Big Island, Hawaii

Kilauea

The lava flow of 1974 again, showing the Lua Manu crater.

The lava flow of 1974 again, showing the Lua Manu crater.

Hawaii (Big) Island

2006-04-13 09:37

Kilauea
Big Island, Hawaii

Kilauea

Keanakako'i, a place where the people of old used to mine for stone for tools.

Keanakako'i, a place where the people of old used to mine for stone for tools.

E ki'i a naonao i ke ko'i
I ka lua ko'i i Hawaii;
E naoa ka lawena heihei,
I'a mai a ki huna ahi
I ka hana oia mea.

Go and dig out the adz
In the adz pit in Hawaii
Hold, that it be taken out enchanted
Made light; that it may shoot sparks
In doing its work.

In 1877 the pit was covered in lava and stone mining ceased. In July 1974 the pit was covered in another 20 foot of lava caused by eruptions in the crater and merging lava flows.

Hawaii (Big) Island

2006-04-13 09:45

Kilauea
Big Island, Hawaii

Kilauea

Steam vents. When you stand here with the wind blowing at you, you'llsuddenly feel warm, moist air coming at you. This is steam from the ground.

Steam vents. When you stand here with the wind blowing at you, you'llsuddenly feel warm, moist air coming at you. This is steam from the ground.

Hawaii (Big) Island

2006-04-13 09:58

Kilauea
Big Island, Hawaii

Kilauea

View of the Kilauea caldera from the northern rim.

View of the Kilauea caldera from the northern rim.

Hawaii (Big) Island

2006-04-13 10:23

Kilauea
Big Island, Hawaii

Kilauea

A lava flow going down to the sea.

A lava flow going down to the sea.

Hawaii (Big) Island

2006-04-13 11:24

Kilauea
Big Island, Hawaii

Kilauea

The current lava flow. The lava travels through channels in the rocks that open up underwater. The steam plumes indicate where the hot lava meets the seawater. This is where new land is being created.

The current lava flow. The lava travels through channels in the rocks that open up underwater. The steam plumes indicate where the hot lava meets the seawater. This is where new land is being created.

Hawaii (Big) Island

2006-04-13 11:58

Kilauea
Big Island, Hawaii

Kilauea

Lava rock formations.

Lava rock formations.

Hawaii (Big) Island

2006-04-13 12:00

Kilauea
Big Island, Hawaii

Kilauea

Rainbow falls.

Rainbow falls.

Hawaii (Big) Island

2006-04-13 14:48

Kilauea
Big Island, Hawaii

Kilauea

The river just above the falls.

The river just above the falls.

Hawaii (Big) Island

2006-04-13 15:03

Kilauea
Big Island, Hawaii

Kilauea

View of Mauna Kea as the plane departs for Maui.

View of Mauna Kea as the plane departs for Maui.

Hawaii (Big) Island

2006-04-13 18:29

Kilauea
Big Island, Hawaii

Kilauea

A view of the Kahului bay. In the distance the west part of the island can be seen.

A view of the Kahului bay. In the distance the west part of the island can be seen.

Maui

2006-04-13 07:06

Maui
Maui, Hawaii

Maui

The county of Maui consists of the Island of Maui and the three islands Kahoolawe, Molokai and Lanai. On this picture the very small island Molokini can be seen and on the left part of Kahoolawe. While Molokini is (apparently) a great place for snorkeling, and Kahoolawe is (apparently) a great place to blow stuff up, bomb it, or simply hammer it with shells. Thus, Molokini is a popular target for snorkeling people, and Kahoolawe has spent the last fifty-odd years being a popular target for the US military when testing new guns, bombs or just for target practice. I would venture to guess that every spieces known to be inhabiting the islands has at some point been shredded by the boys in gray here. Recently the island has been returned to the State of Hawaii, and the unexploded ordnance is being removed.

The county of Maui consists of the Island of Maui and the three islands Kahoolawe, Molokai and Lanai. On this picture the very small island Molokini can be seen and on the left part of Kahoolawe. While Molokini is (apparently) a great place for snorkeling, and Kahoolawe is (apparently) a great place to blow stuff up, bomb it, or simply hammer it with shells. Thus, Molokini is a popular target for snorkeling people, and Kahoolawe has spent the last fifty-odd years being a popular target for the US military when testing new guns, bombs or just for target practice. I would venture to guess that every spieces known to be inhabiting the islands has at some point been shredded by the boys in gray here. Recently the island has been returned to the State of Hawaii, and the unexploded ordnance is being removed.

Maui

2006-04-13 18:41

Maui
Maui, Hawaii

Maui

Jack's surfboards. Great store for surfers and for posers like me who just want the clothes.

Jack's surfboards. Great store for surfers and for posers like me who just want the clothes.

Huntington Beach

2006-04-11 19:30

Huntington Beach Pier
Huntington Beach, California

Huntington Beach Pier

The gondola. The only one of its kind in the western hemisphere.

The gondola. The only one of its kind in the western hemisphere.

Palm Springs

2006-04-10 13:01

Mount San Jacinto
Palm Springs, California

Mount San Jacinto

View from the top. Palm Springs can be seen spread out on the desert valley floor.

View from the top. Palm Springs can be seen spread out on the desert valley floor.

Palm Springs

2006-04-10 13:12

Mount San Jacinto
Palm Springs, California

Mount San Jacinto

The national park on the top. Note the snow-covered ground and pine trees. The temperature was about 3 degrees Celcius (40 degrees F).

The national park on the top. Note the snow-covered ground and pine trees. The temperature was about 3 degrees Celcius (40 degrees F).

Palm Springs

2006-04-10 13:13

Mount San Jacinto
Palm Springs, California

Mount San Jacinto

A little stream running right next to the top station.

A little stream running right next to the top station.

Palm Springs

2006-04-10 13:22

Mount San Jacinto
Palm Springs, California

Mount San Jacinto

Another view of the valley.

Another view of the valley.

Palm Springs

2006-04-10 13:31

Mount San Jacinto
Palm Springs, California

Mount San Jacinto

An outcrop of the mountain's granite core.

An outcrop of the mountain's granite core.

Palm Springs

2006-04-10 13:44

Mount San Jacinto
Palm Springs, California

Mount San Jacinto

Flagstaff, our quiet little mountain town.

Flagstaff, our quiet little mountain town.

I-17 South

2006-04-09 07:49

I-17
I-17, Arizona

I-17

The hotel I stayed at in Flagstaff - Super 8 West. Nice rooms, well worth the price ($55 / night), but the promised Wi-Fi connection leaves a lot to be desired.

The hotel I stayed at in Flagstaff - Super 8 West. Nice rooms, well worth the price ($55 / night), but the promised Wi-Fi connection leaves a lot to be desired.

I-17 South

2006-04-09 07:49

I-17
I-17, Arizona

I-17

Picture taken on the way south.

Picture taken on the way south.

I-17 South

2006-04-09 15:21

I-17
I-17, Arizona

I-17

The well. It is a collapsed sinkhole formed when underground waterflows eroded the overlying strata, forming a cavity. When the cavity grew big enough to not be able to support the top, it fell down, leaving a water-filled hole in the middle of the desert.

The well. It is a collapsed sinkhole formed when underground waterflows eroded the overlying strata, forming a cavity. When the cavity grew big enough to not be able to support the top, it fell down, leaving a water-filled hole in the middle of the desert.

Montezuma Well

2006-04-09 15:52

Montezuma Well National Monument
I-17, Arizona

Montezuma Well National Monument

The hole seen from the opposite rim. Note the houses built into the wall - it was a popular way among the people living here of building houses that were well-protected and warm.

The hole seen from the opposite rim. Note the houses built into the wall - it was a popular way among the people living here of building houses that were well-protected and warm.

Montezuma Well

2006-04-09 15:56

Montezuma Well National Monument
I-17, Arizona

Montezuma Well National Monument

This is petrified wood. When trees grew here in a swamp and were fossilized, the surrounding minerals entered the wood, turning it to stone with a wood pattern.

This is petrified wood. When trees grew here in a swamp and were fossilized, the surrounding minerals entered the wood, turning it to stone with a wood pattern.

Petrified Forest

2006-04-09 10:59

Petrified Forest
Petrified Forest, Arizona

Petrified Forest

An entire petrified tree, complete with roots.

An entire petrified tree, complete with roots.

Petrified Forest

2006-04-09 11:03

Petrified Forest
Petrified Forest, Arizona

Petrified Forest

The pieces of wood lie strewn across the landscape.

The pieces of wood lie strewn across the landscape.

Petrified Forest

2006-04-09 11:04

Petrified Forest
Petrified Forest, Arizona

Petrified Forest

Closeup of a piece. The tree rings can be seen clearly.

Closeup of a piece. The tree rings can be seen clearly.

Petrified Forest

2006-04-09 11:08

Petrified Forest
Petrified Forest, Arizona

Petrified Forest

The Blue Mesa Badlands. The place is exactly as inhospitable as you would expect from the photo.

The Blue Mesa Badlands. The place is exactly as inhospitable as you would expect from the photo.

Petrified Forest

2006-04-09 11:53

Petrified Forest
Petrified Forest, Arizona

Petrified Forest

Closeup of the Blue Mesa cliffs.

Closeup of the Blue Mesa cliffs.

Petrified Forest

2006-04-09 12:08

Petrified Forest
Petrified Forest, Arizona

Petrified Forest

This area wasn't all bad, all the time. Once, pueblo indians lived here. Their carvings can be seen on stones.

This area wasn't all bad, all the time. Once, pueblo indians lived here. Their carvings can be seen on stones.

Petrified Forest

2006-04-09 12:23

Petrified Forest
Petrified Forest, Arizona

Petrified Forest

This is all that's left of the houses.

This is all that's left of the houses.

Petrified Forest

2006-04-09 12:31

Petrified Forest
Petrified Forest, Arizona

Petrified Forest

In the north end of the national park is the Painted Desert. The desert was formed via erosion of the many layers that were laid down when seas were covering this place.

In the north end of the national park is the Painted Desert. The desert was formed via erosion of the many layers that were laid down when seas were covering this place.

Petrified Forest

2006-04-09 12:45

Petrified Forest
Petrified Forest, Arizona

Petrified Forest

The day started with sub-zero temperatures. Fortunately, the keycard issued by the hotel works great for scraping the frost off the windshield.

The day started with sub-zero temperatures. Fortunately, the keycard issued by the hotel works great for scraping the frost off the windshield.

Sedona

2006-04-08 06:42

Sedona
Sedona, Arizona

Sedona

View from the south end of Sedona.

View from the south end of Sedona.

Sedona

2006-04-08 07:57

Sedona
Sedona, Arizona

Sedona

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Trade_Center_cross

[b]

http://www.mbta.com/insidethet/taag_history.asp

[c]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_of_Assisi

[d]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massachusetts_State_House

[e]

http://www.circularchurch.org/

[f]

http://www.circularchurch.org/history.htm

[g]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Yorktown_%28CV-10%29

[h]

http://www.italianvillage-chicago.com/

[i]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Capone#Fall_of_Capone

[j]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Chicago_Fire

[k]

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=chicago,+il&ll=41.875233,-87.624657&spn=0.007829,0.021629&om=1

[l]

http://www.juliegaleeva.com

[m]

http://www.sreeve.com/