Ben Ash Monument

The Ben Ash Monument is a nice stop off whilst travelling through South Dakota. Located off highway 212 near the town of Mud Butte! It gives you a chance to stretch those legs and learn a bit of local history at the same time, plus the views are incredible.

Ben Ash was one of five white men travelling along the Bismarck to Deadwood trail in December of 1875. The monument describes the first sighting of the Black Hills by a white man. The trail Blazers as they were known were Ben Ash, S.C Dodge, Russ Marsh, Ed Donahue and Stimmy Stimson.

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Admission is Free

Wheelchair Accessible

Restrooms Available



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Highway 101 on the west coast of California is one of the most scenic routes that i have ever taken. Stunning Redwood trees hanging over the highway (in parts) make for a beautiful photo for the album.

The town of Willits is the gateway to the Redwoods and is situated approximately 130 miles north of San Francisco. As you travel north from Willits on highway 101 you will come to the small town of Leggett, and this is where you will come across the amazing drive thru tree called Chandelier. The 2400 year old tree stands at 315 feet tall and is 21 feet in diameter with a man made carved cut out at the bottom for your car/truck to pass through it. The carving of the Chandelier Tree is said to be done around 1930 by a gentleman called Charlie Underwood. Chandelier has also featured on the opening credits of the hit film National Lampoon’s Vacation.

There is a small fee of $5 to enter the park, but it’s well worth it, as there is a picnic area with clean restrooms and a great gift shop to grab some souvenirs and of course the main attraction itself… Chandelier!

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Address : 67402 Drive Thru Tree Road, Leggett, CA, 95585


Phone : +1 707 925 6446


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The Incredible Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park is a must see if your visiting California. Placed off the famous west coast interstate 5, it can be found 60 minutes from the city of Redding. Now 60 minutes may seem a bit of a long drive to see a park! But trust me you’ll be glad you did. In my opinion, Lassen easily rivals the more famous Californian national parks of Yosemite and Sequoia. The picture-perfect scenery will blow your mind; mix in with the volcanic element makes it an interesting place to visit.

A $10 fee for a 7-day pass is great value if you’re intending to camp or hike here; with lots of trails you won’t be disappointed. You can also fish, go boating, swim and you can even bird watch! Wild life is of the essences here especially in the summer months. The Loomis museum is also an interesting visit. This will tell you the story of how Benjamin Loomis documented the 1915 eruption and how he was instrumental in establishing the park 1916.

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(From the National Park web-site)

Lassen Volcanic National Park is in northern California. It’s rich in hydrothermal sites like Bumpass Hell, with its acres of bubbling mud pots. The summit of Lassen Peak Volcano offers views over the surrounding wilderness. Nearby, the Devastated Area is littered with lava rocks from its last eruption. A network of trails through forest and around several lakes connects with the Pacific Crest Trail in the north.

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California, USA Zip Code – 96063    


Phone  (530) 595-4480

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The Peanut Man

“Education is the Key to unlock the golden door of freedom”

“Where there is no vision, there is no hope”

“Fear of something is at the root of hate for others, and hate within will  eventually destroy the later”

These are just a few quotes from Mr George Washington Carver aka “The Peanut Man” A great man.


George Washington Carver amazingly found 105 different recipes, and 100 different products which could be made from a single peanut! He wanted to show that from the peanut you can grow alternative crops, both as a sourcing their own food, and as a source of other products to improve the quality of life for poor farmers. These products included dyes, paints and gasoline. Foods like Peanut soup, Bread and my favourite Peanut Butter.

George was born into slavery in Missouri around 1862, his exact date is unknown. But through sheer grace, determination and his love for people he became a national treasure. The George Washington Carver National Monument can be found in Diamond, Missouri, and was the first dedicated to a black American. As well as the monument, there is an easy small walking trail (about a mile and accessible) to the Carver House, Carver pre-civil war cemetery and the small cabin where Moses and Susan first moved to before George was born.


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Address : 5646 Carver Road, Diamond, Missouri 64840


Phone : +1 417-325-4151

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Entrance: FREE


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Maly Powstaniec (The Little Insurgent)



The little insurgent is a moving monument that tributes the child soldiers of the Warsaw uprising in 1944 which lasted two months and one day (1st August 5pm – 2nd October) The statue is of a young boy holding a submachine gun and a helmet which is styled after the German forces. This equipment was seized during the intensive fighting of the uprising, and then used by the resistance against the invading forces. It’s reported that the statue is of a young fighter who fell to his death on August 8th 1944 whilst fighting for the pseudonym of “Antek” (The underground)

The designer of the monument was Jerzy Jarnuszkiewicz who created the statue in 1946. But it wasn’t until 1983 that the monument was revealed after collections by boy scouts help raise funds. Professor Jerzy Swiderski himself a courier for the resistance during the uprising had the honor of revealing Maly Powstaniec (Little Insurgent) on the 1st October 1983 which is situated in the old town of Warsaw.

Behind the statue is a plaque reading “Warszawskie Dzieci” (“Warsaw Children”) which was a popular song from that period.

“Warszawskie Dzieci, pojdziemy w bojza kazdy kamien twoj, stolico damy krew” (“We’re the children of Warsaw, going into battle – for every stone of yours, we will give our blood”)


Behind the statue is a plaque reading “Warszawskie Dzieci” (“Warsaw Children”) which was a popular song from that period.

“Warszawskie Dzieci, pojdziemy w bojza kazdy kamien twoj, stolico damy krew” (“We’re the children of Warsaw, going into battle – for every stone of yours, we will give our blood”)

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Kitchen Creek Falls is by far my personal favorite waterfall that I have visited. With its spectacular landscape that puts you into a vision of prehistoric times. The embracing sight of Kitchen Creek Falls, which is also known as Adams Falls, is situated in Ricketts Glen state park in Pennsylvania. This is one of 24 named waterfalls which are visible in and round the state park and all are viewable on a 7.1 mile loop trail.

As you walk along the trail you will see beautiful gorges that have been around for 25.000 years. As our world was changing, melting glacial and the movements formed the gorges with spectacular effect.

Kitchen Creek Falls is in my opinion the best of them all, with the water rushing over three picture perfect cascades and then flowing into a 30” plunging pool at the base with magnificent beauty.


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Craters Of The Moon…!

Let me just set the scene… A lovely summers day, driving along I-84 east towards Pocatello in Idaho! Tom Petty is playing on the radio, when I see a sign for the national monument and preserve called “Craters of the moon” Hmmm I thought that sounds interesting, let’s explore! About 30 minutes or so driving down the highway, I stumbled upon this strange but yet so intriguing landscape. I pulled over by the national monument sign, got out and thought “have I taken a wrong turn! Ended up in a different world?” Crikey…! What an amazingly weird but yet stunning place this is. For a very reasonable $8 per car you can enter the park. This will enable you to drive all around the preserve on the road loop, getting out at park ups and pull-ins to take your pictures. This volcanic part of Idaho is still active! but it’s been 2000 years since the last eruption and scientists are keeping an eye on the activity “which is good to know” There is also a visitors center which is very interesting, as there is a lot of information to help you distinguish what you’re looking at. So if you’re driving through Idaho along I-84 or I-86 between Boise and Idaho Falls for whatever reason! It’s well worth a look. Here are some of my photo’s to wet your appetite.


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