Ever thought of walking away from your daily work schedule, mails and meetings? If you have not had the pleasure of visiting a hometown parade in a smaller community on the 4th of July, it is really a treat. Our small parade has the same feel as the one in Marshfield. It is not hard to find yourself swept up in a moment of pride in our country and the people who have served in our armed forces. On the 4th of July, it doesn’t matter where you are, it is about Americans celebrating our heritage and our history. Mass tourism has played a huge part in damaging some of the most vulnerable and beautiful places on Earth, and adventure travel is fighting back! It is responsible travel, thoughtful travel, it is travel that ensures that we preserve the world for our children to enjoy. Forget the passport! There are plenty of places within the USA to visit as the country has vastly different cultures, geographies and scenery. The south and west are most popular, but a visit to the Northeast can provide beautiful winter vacation spots.

Back on the road, our special train horn, which we installed in Coimbatore, was coming in handy. Stupid cows and Ox driven carts took no notice of the standard car horn, but moved swiftly out of our way with a few nuclear blasts from latest piece of equipment. We drove through Bangalore onwards to Madras. Once we arrived there, we checked into the Ashoka Hotel. From there we would go sightseeing 60 kilometers away to to the ruins of Mahabalipuram a Port city built around 600-750 AD. Hadimba Devi temple is very old in Manali. It dates back to the time of Mahabharata travel insurance in 1533 A.D. This temple is surrounded by at least 2.5 kms of wooden deodar forest which is maintained by travel and tourism of Himachal Pradesh. As time was getting on and we had to get to our campsite before the Storm we headed off to the see the Mermaid of the North There wasn’t a designated car park or anything but it was easily accessible especially with the tide going out. We parked up at the side of the road when we spotted the sign and walked down the beach. I know many people who have climbed up to get pictures with her but I wasn’t up to it.