As reported, I’d been in pretty good health for my 18 days in NZ, so I was hoping this would last through for as long as possible. I was particularly paranoid about Fiji as tummy upsets are common for travellers here, and the last thing I wanted was to spend my ten hour flight to Los Angeles in the toilet!
So I avoided drinking non-violent water, ice cubes, washed salad leaves, etc. and had no problems. I spent my day there sitting on the deserted island you see in the first photo…bliss!
From Nadi, I flew to LA and on to Las Vegas, where I met my friend Jamie from home who had come over to help me with my fieldwork (the reason why I’m in the States). We roadtripped from Vegas to Salt Lake City in a few days and were very lucky to have got into Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks before the federal shutdown on the 1st of October.
Salt Lake City was a nice surprise, but we were soon on our way to Green River, Utah: the watermelon capital. A sleepy town, apparently hit hard by the recession, it was home for ten days while we worked in the San Rafael desert to the south of the town.
We had time to play though, so we got down to Moab a few times, and had a good old explore off some of the local sites, including an abandoned coal town called Sego.
Fieldwork finished, Jamie went home and I came down here to Austin, Texas to finish my work and present to the Carbon Center at the Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas. In a couple of days I fly back to Scotland and life goes back to normal for me after two months on the road.
I’ll be mighty glad to be in my own home again, not eating out (food in the USA is not kind to my health, and I’ve been struggling here), and being able to see my friends again.
But what a great time it’s been! I sign off my travel posts (for now…) with another set of about-one-a-day Lightroom processed photos. Enjoy!