Category: America

Terminal Island

We prefer two of the older names for this island in Los Angeles Harbor–Rattlesnake Island or Deadman’s Island (after the latter was dynamited and added to the landfill here)–considering one of the more infamous episodes of its history. The fishing Japanese-Americans who settled here called it Fish Island […]

Julian

We first arrived in the California desert expecting to find Lawrence of Arabia–all romantic, pristine sand dunes with wisps of dust devils trailing off into the air. The reality was more of a trash heap, at least in the more accessible areas, with all manner of household and […]

Venice-Boothville

Everything has to end somewhere, and the Mississippi River, The Great River Road, and the peninsula at the very tip of the State of Louisiana all peter out near this magnificent Black Cormorant bayou in the famous Mississippi delta. The mighty river and its road arrive here after […]

Tejon Pass

For the uninitiated, The Big One refers to a magnathrust earthquake predicted by some geologists for the San Andreas Fault in Southern California, to occur sometime in the next century. What makes the event particularly threatening is the string of finger faults that feed off the main fault […]

Tucson

Early jet fighters crowd the fields of the Boneyard, as this section of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is popularly known, in Tucson, Arizona. More than 4,200 war planes of every type and description have been retired here since World War II, making for a breathtaking illustration of the […]

Oklahoma!

We’ve never visited the State, nor even seen the musical (this picture is from Wyoming and probably looks nothing like the place), but wonder if we should think about replacing the national anthem with this show-stopper. Every time the movie production company breaks out into the song, we […]