Andy and Rachel's Travels Posts

September 11, 2018 / / SW USA

It was like being dropped onto another planet: we were in a wasteland of what appeared to be ash and rock, like a great fire had rampaged through the area, consuming everything in its path. Every tree lay strewn on…

September 10, 2018 / / SW USA

We’ve been winging it on this trip: travelling without pre-booking any accommodation. We’ve had no problems so far in finding places to stay each day as there are usually plenty of motels with rooms available. This allows us to be…

September 9, 2018 / / SW USA

We visited the Old West today, by way of the small towns along the Turquoise Trail – approximately 65 miles of Highway 14 from Santa Fe to Albuquerque. We were still moving south and ever deeper into New Mexico. The…

September 8, 2018 / / SW USA

We have found Santa Fe to be the most wonderful city. It’s a bit like Taos but bigger. Filled with really expensive boutiques, galleries and shops, you can walk for hours and still see something new and interesting. It’s the…

September 8, 2018 / / SW USA

We wondered how people could live like this: trailers, surrounded by derelict trucks and other machinery, stripped of their parts and abandoned to the elements, with nothing but scrub land for miles around. Surely there was no electricity or fresh…

September 6, 2018 / / SW USA

The Great Sand Dunes of Colorado are a freak of nature – literally. Wind patterns and the position of the Sangre de Cristo and San Juan mountains combine with river courses in the surrounding San Luis Valley to provide a…

September 5, 2018 / / SW USA

At the height of the gold rush here in the States, prospectors made their fortunes in mining and real estate and also made Cripple Creek the place to be. But as times changed and the people of Cripple Creek moved…

September 4, 2018 / / SW USA

The Garden of the Gods is only 10 minutes from where we are staying. We can see some of the enormous sandstone rock formations from our bedroom window but they were much better close up. At the visitor centre we…

September 3, 2018 / / SW USA
September 6, 2017 / / Croatia

The northern approach to Split from Trogir presents the traveller with a wall of concrete high rise blocks, added to which is wall to wall graffiti at their bases. It’s a depressing sight and makes you wonder why you’ve come.…