Exploring the Motor City
It’s like a romantic tragedy, a tale of hopes and dreams and a reminder of the sad fact that despite the fact we are all supposed to be equals as human beings, divide and conquer is a trick that never ceases to fail...
While the suburbs began to draw people out of our cities in the 1950s, Detroit’s neighbourhoods and their demographics changed drastically and quickly after the 1967 riots.
The American Dream
Detroit was once upon a time the ‘go-to’ place to get a stable job, earn a good living and become middle class. It was the fourth largest city in the U.S.A.
All aboard…Next stop Detroit
The train was pretty long and with an added 7 hours due to delays, I spent a grand total of 23 hours on the Amtrak train from Boston to Toledo.
Mindfulness and cautious steps
While mindfulness is something we all naturally possess, it's more readily available to us when we practice it on a daily basis.
From Wildfires to Blizzards
The next morning with the storm over I headed into Boston to visit the Fine Art Gallery and to do some sightseeing.
From Greyhound to Harvard, what a varied day
As a blizzard warning has been issued for the next day I am advised by Keith and Olivia to do some exploring that afternoon as the next day should be spent inside...
The Legend, The Met and NYE
On my last day in New York I visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art... They had some great artwork in there and also had a special exhibition of some of the Masters drawings.
I get the Subway into Manhattan and get off at Grand Central Station. I really love this building...
I have gone from the beach in Miami and 26-30oC to -7oC!! Bit of a shock to the system. I get the train into Penn Station and then grab the subway to my next stop, a hostel in Brooklyn.
Back to Miami for Christmas
On route to Key West I stopped off at a few of the other Keyes and checked out the beaches and nature reserves. Saw Osprey and other wildlife and got to do some sunbathing...
The bald eagle Haliaeetus Leucocephalus was chosen for its majestic beauty, great strength, long life, and because it's native to North America.
So glad I have a car here!
Great place, I saw alligators, river otter, cotton mouth snake, Florida soft shell turtles, lizards, Ibis, stork and many other bird species!
An elephant’s cousin
Manatees, in general, are pretty particular water creatures. They’re warm-blooded mammals and prefer the water temperature to be at least 68 degrees.
I am driving to Fort Myers, where I am staying with a lady who is an environmental consultant. It takes me 3 hours to get there with a few rest stops along the Everglades.
The next morning I head to the holy land that is Whole Foods and stock up on some supplies as I will be in Florida for a week.
Houston Wetlands and Alligators
Brazos Bend State Park is a 4,897-acre state park along the Brazos River in Needville, Texas, run by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Every Child Wild
It’s not only our own wellbeing but the planets wellbeing that depends on our exposure to green space and our interaction with nature. Yet opportunities for children to participate, play and engage in wild, green spaces are deteriorating.
Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school.
Bats, Bridges and Tacos!
Austin's bridge bats are Mexican free-tailed bats. They migrate each spring from central Mexico to various roosting sites throughout the south-western U.S.A.
The main reason I came to Austin is to see the bats under Congress bridge and meet with Bat Conservation International.
San Antonio Hospitality
Other than all the fantastic urban green spaces, the other thing that got me about San Antonio was the people.
Urban Green Space and Wellbeing
Cities are comprised of more than just buildings and people. The most “liveable” big cities are just as known for their open space as they are for their culture.
The urban river has been revitalized through a comprehensive, multi-year project, which was completed in 2013. The project that restored and enhanced 13 miles of the San Antonio River both north and south of downtown.
On our way to the Grand Canyon, we also stopped in Sedona which is seen my many people as the Earths heart chakra.
The Desert Botanical Garden coordinates and leads the Central Arizona Conservation Alliance, a partnership of scientists, land managers, educators, community members, and other conservation-based non-profit organizations focused on the sustainability of the mountain parks and preserve system in and around the Phoenix metro area.
A day with seals
We get to see the seals on the beach amongst other wildlife and Ellen tells me of the struggles they faced to get the area protected for the harbour seals...
Living Coast Discovery Centre and US Fish and Wildlife
My second host in San Diego (and past NRMTS scholar) Haroun dropped me off at Gunpowder Point where I met with both the Living Coast Discovery Centre and US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Back to Sunny San Diego
The next morning is an early start, as I am heading into San Diego to meet Drew Stokes, the ‘Bat Man of San Diego’ at the S.D. Natural History Museum!
America and wildlife
The USA was first place to recognise the need to protect areas and in 1872 Yellowstone National Park became a protected area. The USA has really led the way historically with nature conservation.
For my last day my hosts took me to the Greek church Agia Sophia which was quite surreal being in a Greek church in Los Angeles.
As I mentioned in the last blog, this time whilst in Los Angeles I am staying with a family who are super cool and have welcomed me into their home.
Back to Los Angeles
So, after another overnight greyhound bus ride (yes, I managed to sleep! Even if it was a bit squished) I arrived back in Los Angeles. This time though I am staying with a family which will hopefully give me a better experience of true L.A life.
Golden Gate Park
After the woods I was on such a high and so tired that I decided to stop one more night in San Fran. The next morning, I thought I would go to Golden Gate Park.
I get a phone call first thing in the morning telling me my tour is being moved to 1pm instead of 11am and that I will now only get to spend 45 mins in the Muir Wood National Monument...
Quick trip to San Francisco!
As some things got re-arranged I decided to book another bus from L.A to San Francisco. The reason being the magnificent redwood trees…
Jazz and Swing
The Jazz festival is a four-day event over Thanksgiving weekend each year and I am helping out over the weekend. The music is outstanding, and the dancers are so good...
Saturday morning and I get a cab to the Greyhound bus station. I met up with Gareth last night, one of the other scholars from the Nottingham Roosevelt Memorial Travelling Scholarship...
I arrived in the United States of America at LAX, Los Angeles on Thanksgiving Day (23rd November)...