Monthly Archives: November 2010

Sourcing seeds in Santa Cruz

A few weeks back we visited the University of Santa Cruz. Apart from gaining the somewhat non-academic accolade of being ‘the most stoned campus on earth’ in an article in Rolling Stone magazine back in 2004, UCSC has a rather … Continue reading

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Happy (belated) Thanksgiving!

The fourth Thursday of November is Thanksgiving here in the good ol’ US of A. Traditionally a harvest festival, the celebration dates back to 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The pilgrims settled there were struggling to survive, in their first Winter … Continue reading

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The politics of food safety

Dodgy food has always made people sick (hideous drunken takeaway memories, anyone?), yet as science progresses we are becoming more intolerant of food that causes serious illness. Less and less contact with dirt and animals, and an obsession with cleanliness … Continue reading

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A BONAFIDE double rainbow in Big Sur!

Another double rainbow moment – this time for real!

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Road trip: V – the wanderers return

After three days of sensory overload Vegas style we packed our bags and sought solitude in the desert on our way back west. The Mojave Desert may be desolate in parts, but there are still plenty of sights to distract … Continue reading

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Road trip: IV – between a rock…and more rock

Our first escape from the metropolis was a birthday treat for Ned (thanks mum and dad!) A flight over the Grand Canyon and Lake Mead. It’s pretty well nigh impossible to describe the Canyon, at points it’s over a mile … Continue reading

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Road trip: III – on safari in the concrete jungle

So, Las Vegas: the city where every imaginable (and unimaginable) vice is acceptable, even encouraged. Las Vegas means ‘the meadows’, named by travelers on the Old Spanish Trail referring to the natural springs there. In 1900 the population was 30, … Continue reading

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Road trip: II – Death Valley dash

Hawling ourselves out of bed at 6am the warm winds of the desert greeted us, a very welcome change to the icey blast in Yosemite  Valley. Filling up the tank – Death Valley is not somewhere you want to run … Continue reading

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Double rainbow moments in Yosemite

If you’ve ever seen the ‘double rainbow’ video on Youtube you know what I mean. Some Yosemite photos from our recent road trip (ahem) – this is America, to experience it properly you need to spend a little time in … Continue reading

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Road tripping: I – from Yosemite to Yuccas

Taking a break from our bicycles (timed to fit in with Ned’s birthday) we took to the road on four wheels and embarked upon that great American pastime, the road trip. Our first destination was Yosemite and to the description … Continue reading

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