The Travels of Johnny Thunder

Hello, Johnny Thunder here. Welcome to my travel journal. You may have seen me and my friends in some of our other adventures. From Egypt to Asia; from the Lost World to the Amazon; we've been everywhere. Now, however, I would like to extend an invitation to join me on a tour through the real world. Check back here for pictures from my latest travels... -JT

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

More Lost Adventures

And to wrap up this series of lost adventures, here are a few miscellaneous pictures that didn't really warrant their own entry:

Site of the First McDonald's restaurant, now a McDonald's museum in San Bernardino, California.

King Tut's treasures packed for transport back to Egypt; sadly we arrived one day too late for the exhibition.

The old Spanish Mission in Santa Clara, California.

Stay tuned for more lost adventures!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Return to Yosemite

In Spring of 2012, we revisited the world famous Yosemite National Park. Entering the park from the remote east, we caught our first glimpse of the back side of the Half Dome monolith and the Woodchuck, who does, in fact, not chuck wood.

Continuing onto the valley floor (pictured above), we stopped and viewed the waterfalls, including Yosemite Falls and Bridal Veil falls. Finally, we traveled back into the high country to peer down into the valley from the dizzying heights of Glacier Point.

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Arches and Canyonlands, Redux (A lost adventure)

In fall of 2012, we revisited Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, in Southeast Utah.

In the red rock deserts of the American Southwest, Arches showcases hundreds of the park's namesake sandstone arches, including: the spectacles; landscape arch; and the spectacular double arch (seen above).

In Canyonlands, the waters of the Green and Colorado Rivers carve deep canyons below towering mesas into the landscape. Canyonlands is also home to its own arches, including the famous Mesa Arch, which hangs on the edge of a cliff to frame an impressive view.

Outside the park is the kitschy Hole in the Rock, featuring a home carved into the rock face. Also near by is a cache of dinosaur fossils.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Bricks by the Bay (A lost adventure)

In August 2013, I attended my first Lego fan convention: Bricks by the Bay, in Santa Clara, California. Wandering amidst the hundreds of Lego creations, I stumbled upon some ancient buildings, including the Colosseum of Rome (pictured above); the Parthenon; the Great Pyramid of Giza, with the Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Colossus of Rhodes in the background; and the whole of Egypt. There were also some less ancient sights to behold.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Lost Adventures

While the blog may have been inactive for nearly two years, the travels have continued. In the next few weeks, I'll be sharing some of the lost travels, which did not make it to post over the past months.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The Zion in Winter

After leaving Las Vegas, we headed north-east for a bit before arriving at Zion National Park. What was expected to be a relatively warm weekend, turned out to be a winter wonderland. The snow from the eastern high country also fell on the valley floor.

The afternoon of the second day, however, found most of the snow had melted. The sun helped to warm the valley and allowed us to do a little exploration of the red rock country.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Viva Las Vegas

The family and I visited Las Vegas again. Being too small to operate the slot machines, we decided to experience some of the other attractions Sin City had to offer. We first visited the cactus gardens, pictured above, at the Ethel M Chocolate factory.

After leaving the chocolate factory, we spent some time and some quarters in the Pinball Hall of Fame. Later the next evening, we took in the gardens at the Bellagio conservatory and watched the fountain show outside. Finally, we capped off the Vegas visit with a tour of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.