Tag Archives: travel
I’ve explored climatic extremes of the US in the past few weeks. From one of the wettest places to one of the driest. Some scenes from Phoenix, where your eyeballs dry out as soon as you step out of the airport . . .
Travels around Texas so far in 2013 . . .
Henry Moore, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas
Luminarium by Architects of the Air, Austin
Baker Hotel, Mineral Wells
Fort Worth Modern Art Museum
A triumphant re-taking of the title to the world’s largest pecan
World’s largest cedar rocking chair, Lipan
This summer I saw stuffed monkeys in three states.
Sighting 1. Brooklyn, New York.
A rare Polynesian baboon displayed with its victims.
Sighting 2. Tyler, Texas
Retired lab monkeys.
Sighting 3. Los Angeles, California
Canadian river monkeys.
Quick trip to southern California. First stop, Salvation Mountain.
Then on to Bombay Beach and the Salton Sea. The lake was created in the early 1900’s. It was a popular recreation spot, and the town of Bombay Beach was at its height in the 1950’s, with some lakeside resorts.
This is Bombay Beach today.
Since there is no outflow for the lake, the salinity and pollution built up. The fish and birds are dying by the thousands. Botulism is popular way to go.
Near the water, the beach is made of fish bones.
But when the sun is setting, it’s the most beautiful environmental disaster you’ll ever see.
All the photographers agree.
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.
– Mark Twain, Innocents Abroad