United States (The Sights) - 15 December 2015 - 25 January 2016


This is where I went.



NEW YORK


World Trade Center Museum.


September 11th started as a beautiful day in New York.


In ruins.




Sobering.


The last column that stood.


Memorials now occupy the spaces vacated by the Twin Towers.




One World Trade Center AKA Freedom Tower.


This was a nervy sight having just left the WTC precinct.


New York Stock Exchange on Wall Street.


Crossing Brooklyn Bridge.


Manhattan.


Manhattan at sunset.


Manhattan at night.


Grand Central Station.




New York County Courthouse.


The Garden.


Seeing the Piano Man live in his hometown!


These food vans were a source of tasty feeds.


The projects of Harlem.


Downtown Harlem.


Delicious soul food.




Apollo Theatre.


Empire State Building and the New York skyline from the top of the Rockefeller Center.


Central Park and the Hudson River from above.


Central Park from ground level.


The Mall.


Glade Arch.


John Lennon memorial.


Ice skating in Central Park.




I didn't know Kochie was a big deal in New York!


Times Square.


Finding Neverland on Broadway.


Eating at Forrest's joint.



BOSTON


Boston Common.


Harvard Square.


I wonder how far my 95.20 VCE ENTER score would get me here.





IDAHO


Botanical Garden Christmas lights.


Snow hiking at Castle Rock.




My first white Christmas!


Christmas dinner with these legends.


Payette River.




Driving deep into snow country.




It was so cold that the condensation on the inside of the car froze!


Gold Fork Hot Springs.


Skiing at Brundage.





TEXAS


Texas School Book Depository.


The window from where Lee Harvey Oswald fired at President Kennedy.


Oswald had a similar view to this as he took aim.


The infamous Grassy Knoll.


San Antonio River Walk.




Tower of the Americas.


La Villita.


The Alamo.


Bringing in the new year.




Lone Star State road trip.


This little black car was our ride.




Texas BBQ of the highest quality at The Salt Lick.




Texas State Capitol in Austin.



SAN FRANCISCO


Golden Gate Bridge.


Alcatraz.


The Rock.






Cosy.


Freedom's only a short swim away.


Fisherman's Wharf.






Clam chowder.


You got a good workout walking the streets of San Fran.


Lombard Street.




Palace of Fine Arts.



YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK


A true winter wonderland.






Beautiful pine.


Lower Yosemite Falls.


Bridge over the Merced River.


Tenaya Creek.


Mirror Lake.


El Capitan.


Cathedral Rocks.


Merced River at Valley View.



LAKE TAHOE


Truckee River.


Skiing Heavenly.




Bumpy.


The Heavenly summit, 3060m above sea level.


Views that were off the charts.




Lake Tahoe shoreline.


Lake Tahoe by night (30 second exposure).



SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, ARIZONA AND UTAH


Relaxing ride along the beach in San Diego.


San Diego Zoo.




A Pacific Ocean sunset.


Seeing the geological wonders of Sedona in a pink Jeep.




Amazing formations.




Pondering life.


Admiring the view.


Ballin' with the boys.


Grand Canyon.




The hike into the canyon was treacherous and terrifying, there wasn't much margin for error and it probably was a foolish exercise.




It was a tremendously rewarding experience though.


The spot where Forrest Gump called it quits.






Monument Valley.




Touring the valley floor.


Cave.


The Navajo certainly showed us a good time.


Horseshoe Bend.


Colorado River.


Zion.


Spectacular.


It was a hard slog up to Scout Lookout.


The summit crew.


This was the only safe way to descend the slick icy track.



LAS VEGAS


Sin City.


Rio, home of the World Series of Poker.


Vegas institutions.


At night is when this town came alive.


The fabled Bellagio Fountains.


The Mirage.


The High Roller is the world's largest Ferris wheel.


The view from up there wasn't too shabby.


Fremont Street Experience.


Venice in Vegas.


New York in Vegas.


Paris in Vegas.


Egypt in Vegas.


I didn't fare too well in this poker tournament at Planet Hollywood.


However, roulette proved to be my game. Check out this lucrative run I had on red!


Cirque du Soleil's Mystere was one hell of a show and was a good way to close out my time in Vegas.



LOS ANGELES


Laguna Beach.


Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.


Santa Monica Place.


Santa Monica Pier.




The nice side of downtown LA, a stark contrast to the other side.


Venice Beach.




Muscle Beach.


Venice Skate Park.


The canals of Venice.


Shooting hoops with one of the locals at Venice Beach.


Beverly Hills City Hall.


Rodeo Drive.


LA Farmers Market.


Their pathetic attempt at a meat pie.


Griffith Observatory.


Sprawling Los Angeles.


Hollywood sign.


Downtown Hollywood.


Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Santa Monica sunset.