Vegas – Grand Canyon

Virgin had started a new direct flight from my home town to Vegas and a friend of mine had booked a trip , so as i had not seen him in a while and Vegas only being a short flight from where i am now i decided to meet him there .With it being suck a long flight for him he had arranged a 7 day stay in Vegas , thats a quite a long time to stay in Vegas so we had to plan more than just the usual drinking , Gambling and general partying .

one thing i just had to see was the Grand Canyon so we booked a helicopter tour to go see it , i absolutely wanted to land and walk around int he canyon so we booked a flight with Mustang Helicopter tours out of Henderson NV . Mustang picked us up from our hotel and took us out to Henderson Airport a very slick operation . Landing in the Grand Canyon is amazing , we have all seen the Canyon on TV but you don’t realize the sides are 4000ft high which just makes it breath taking .

whilst in Vegas we also took in a couple of shows, the comedy club and David Copperfield both where really good .

Another thing that we just had to do , with us being from the UK we don’t get much contact with Guns so the Gun Shop was an amazing experience shooting guns we had only ever seen on TV …what an experience .

Hoover Dam is amazing !

So 7 days in Vegas didn’t end up to be too long , i think it was just the right amount of time to fit it all in.


Arctic Trip Video

I have finally got around to making a short video for my Arctic Trip in 2010.

i had so much video footage and pictures that it takes some thinking of what way to put them together. The video was taken with my first video camera a Samsung flash standard def camera and as this was my first real try at videoing a trip or anything i was not very good at it all though i ended up with a lot of video clips, there are not much usable footage and then there is the danger of making a video too long and boring so i wanted to keep this short and sweet.

I left out a lot of the camping videos and scenery panning and just used photography to show the scenery.

Tho my video editing skills are not very good, in fact i say that i am very good at editing videos badly.I hope i managed to make a video that portrays the essence of the trip and is not overly boring?

Hawaii Sunsets

Here in Hawaii for the holidays to get out of the horrible weather back home. I love the sunsets and the light at this time of year especially when there are clouds and it is a bit hazy and the light refracts here are a few pics I took recently of a particularly ordinary sunset.

4×4 exploring on the island

I get to spend a lot of time on the island bit usually arrive there by boat or by plane so I never have done much exploring .
This time I traveled by car and ferry so having my 4runner there was a great chance to do some exploring .

I decided I would try try to get to get up to Sarita falls . I trecked a lot of very small over grown roads and I think I did find the access hike but it was so overgrown and not very well marked that I didn’t think it was a good idea to do that so I turned around and went back to a nice river I had passed and did some fly fishing . I didn’t catch any thing but it was such a beautiful place to just hang out for a while and have lunch.
After lunch I looked through the map to find more interesting places to go .I headed off to bug saw lake. As I headed down the overgrown road and finally came to an ocean bay I realized that I must have miser the lake, so I turned around and headed back and I noticed a very slight gap in the vegetation. I got out to explore and realized it was a very overgrown small road only access by foot so I hiked the 10 – 15 min and came to beautiful bug saw lake . I hiked back to the car to get my fly fishing gear and then back to the lake . I spent an hour or so fishing enjoying the beautiful lake and scenery and luckily the weather was beautiful .

Arctic Trip Days 9 + 10 + 11

well the last few days where mostly driving days.

i camped at Deas lake ,BC where they had a fishing derby on and i met two guys from NC traveling up to Alaska …they had done quite a trip , and such a small world one of the guys knew one of my friends , its amazing how things like that happen.
i set off from Deas lake at around 6am heading south i got about 25k south and saw a car in a ditch by the side of the road with all glass in the road i slowed down and realized there was somebody in the passenger seat so i pulled over and went to check if they needed help when i got close i realized it was a girl and she was just slumped in the seat i tried to talk to her and there was no response , i looked for breathing and there was no sign so i didn’t know what to do so i needed to go get help i remembered passing a road works camp a few k back up the road so i headed back to it as quick as the car would take me . on the way i was passing oncoming road work trucks and i flashed etc to try to get there attention but none stopped so i got to the camp and asked if they had communications they did so i asked them to call police/ ambulance when he went to call on the radio one of the trucks that had gone passed was already on the radio calling for help. i headed back south and as i got to the site of the accident the women who i assumed was dead was out of the car and walking around i pulled over and talked to oen of the road work women and told here i thought the girl was dead and i had been up to the camp she said the girl had just been unconcious , they had know what todo and had all the gear so the girl woudl be ok, so i ontinued to drive south .

i was heading to prince rupert to get the ferry over to vancouver island to do a trip down to bamfield. i got to terrace . BC and  there was an accident on the road there  , a fatality was holding up the traffic . one of the locals suggested an old trail just of the road would bypass the accident so off i went , the trail was very unused and overgrown i had to get out of the car a few times to move trees out of the way but i got through , though the truck probably has some pinstripes on it now. when i  got to prince rupert the ferry wanted $830 for the crossing on account of me being over height with my ten on top i am about 7’4″  i just didn’t think this was a fair price so would not pay it and turned tail and headed home . i stopped a couple of times for short naps but pretty much drove all the way back to Vancouver.

in conclusion.
the only reason i can see that anyone from BC would go to Alaska is that they have never been . to me i think BC is the most beautiful. a friend said he never understood why when you took a cruise to Alaska you left in the afternoon and drove through BC in the night arriving in Alaska in the morning ……i think it is because if you saw BC you would tell everyone not to go on the cruise to Alaska and instead just drive through BC instead.
9600km in 11 days was a lot of driving , but i enjoyed every minute of it …….a welcome escape from city life.

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Arctic Trip Day 7+8

i drove up to the town called circle in Alaska its on the Yukon river and just below the arctic circle , i have scrapped the idea of going to Prudhoe bay , there is just no point it is all the same .
on the way up to circle there had been Forrest fires so the drive was kind of ugly and the road very bad near the end , apart from a small paved section in the town just before circle . but when you get to this tiny town you can tell its the US there is a post office and an ambulance station …and thankfully a much needed gas station . i spoke to a local about the Forrest fires she told me there was one last year and how scary it was . i can only imagine how frightening that would be being totally surrounded by wild fires .

i camped towards Fairbanks but on the same road , mosquito’s where really bad i got bitten a lot . but i met a nice retired couple from upstate NY . we chatted for too long and it was a cold night , when i woke it was freezing i quickly high tailed it out of there before the mosquito’s started again after now realizing how badly bitten i had been .

i drove down to the Yukon the day was just driving , i stopped late at a campground that had bear warnings …it was a beautiful place tho.


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Arctic Trip Day 7

Well after the trip down to the arctic circle the back of the car was covered with a centimeter of mud so i took time to wash it off , i tried to clean the wheels off , they are easier to clean than the standard ones hence having them fitted well apart from they look cooler …i just cant seem to get all the mud off and its causing a wheel imbalace …i will have to find a river to drive through 🙂

i developed a noise when driving down a gravel road ,a quick fix it was a small stone stuck in the drive shaft .

i drove down to Dawson city and after a breakfast at the start of the dempster highway , and then on the ferry over and up on the top of the world highway in to Alaska …..its an impressive route but i would hardly call it a highway , it was mud and gravel mostly but i thought once i got to the US border it would be all shiny and paved. how wrong i was .

not much hassle at the border and drove through a town called chicken and then on to Tok where i spent the night , they have a pancake throwing contest and if you can throw an old stale pancake in to a bucket then you get a free breakfast …its harder than it sounds


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