Category Archives: Road Trip

Scenes on Sunday 2018

How many miles must a man travel, before he finds himself?

This year I’ve been to some interesting places, for example;

starting with California

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Oludeniz in Turkey

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Llandudno in Wales

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Crete

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York

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Albuquerque in New Mexico

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Lanzerote

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and more California

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

and was I happy with all that travelling?

you bet I was

Too Many Vacations?

Travel broadens the mind and the waistline ~ at least there were trains.

In the past year I’ve visited California, Turkey, Wales, Crete, New Mexico, back to England a few times, Lanzerote, and today I return to England for the Holiday Season.  And, I’ve seen more high art than you can shake a stick at.

The weather has varied from burning hot, to freezing cold, poring rain, and driving snow.

My favourite travelling companion is The Girl Riding Shotgun, and my favourite place, Balboa Island, in Orange County CA.

I’m glad to be going home to England today.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Hyatt, near Albuquerque NM

Motorbiking

The mythology of motorcycles is all about men who have never grown up.

Today I rented a little put-put bike and toured around this end of the Island for a few hours.

You know what, it was Fun!  Even though this little thing would only do about 35 mph, going downhill.  Yet I got to see bits of Lanzerote that most tourists will never see.

Renting this bike also got me away from my little group of fellow solitary travellers  ~ and after a week together we could all use the break.

Still, I fly home tomorrow, and I’m cool with that.

Turns out that motorbiking is also a very rude term.  Who knew?

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

dramatic sky and steel-blue sea

Scenes on Sunday ~ New Mexico Snow

On the road, snow is glistening ~ loving the winter traveling…..

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalknet

 

who would believe that it snows in the desert?

Scenes on Sunday ~ the rocks and the water

if it wasn’t for the rocks, the water would have no music

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Newport Beach, Orange County, California

Santa Fe Trail

‘the trail to Santa Fe means eradicating the Kiowa and the Comanche’

shot from the car on the Road to Santa Fe

Went to Santa Fe in New Mexico ~ change scene to Classic Western movie starring Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, and Ronald Reagan as General George Armstrong Custer.  And nope, it wasn’t anything like that at all.

For a start it was snowing, and that made it more like a Clint Eastwood nihilistic spaghetti western.  Then we had lunch in the coolest New Mexico menu restaurant, which was full of sexy chi-chi women.  And after that I took in the Georgia O’Keeffe art museum, which was all about weird multi-million dollar paintings.

O’Keeffe’s work is ostensibly of flowers, but trust me, most of her paintings spoke to me of abstract images of female genitalia.  Weird.

The girl riding shotgun and I wandered around a few art galleries too.  Either Santa Fe NM is a seriously wealthy town, or seriously wealthy people go there to buy art.

All in all I like Santa Fe, even if it is more Clint Eastwood and Georgia O’Keeffe than Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland.  An almost accidental little road trip, with an accidentally great result.

Just another confirmation that I’m suddenly living the good life.

Some say that great art is not meant to be understood.  And that what you see in a painting is merely a reflection of your own subconscious mind.  All I know is that flowers really are sexual organs.

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

a rose by any other name would smell as sweet

Scenes on Sunday – California

I’m just a staid English guy being cool in Orange County

Today I am in sunny Orange County, where it’s still a balmy 80 degrees.  I like California, it might just be the nicest crazy place I know.

Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Wednesday I fly out to New Mexico

at least I’ll be staying at a cool hotel

Scenes on Sunday ~ Desert Beauty

The desert holds its harsh beauty close in secret silences.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

in the desert there is no sense of scale

this natural rock stack is about sixty-feet tall

and some see strange things in these rocks

 

Monochrome Monday ~ Utah Couds

Grey skies are just clouds passing overhead.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

It’s a big country

 

Secretly Sexual

Behind every mask there is a face that tells a story

sex

lust

mask

unjust

unknown

unthinkable

so unattainable

unspeakable love

trying to be unread

needing to be unseen

yet unmercifully unmasked

perhaps she is honest, at last

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

hiding behind the unreal

the girl behind the mask

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