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The most beautiful road of the world

My summer holiday of 2012 was a 3000 mile road trip in the United States. It was one of my best holidays ever. So, how come I never wrote about it here? The answer is simple. Since I arrived back in the Netherlands, I’ve been quite busy creating something (more on that in the future). Surprisingly, I finally found some time to write about the USA trip… Today, it’s time for part six; “The most beautiful road of the world”.

Highway nr. 1 in California is a beautiful road… In fact, it’s a very beautiful road. But it’s not the most beautiful road. Based on my ‘experience’, that honor goes to a road which runs through Death Valley“Which road exactly?”, you might ask? Well, pick any small road which runs from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, as long as you avoid taking the highway, the I-15.

The next question probably will be: “Benjamin, why is this road so beautiful?” I’m glad you ask. I guess it has something to do with the expectations game. I didn’t know what to expect (how beautiful is a desert?), which made it easy to meet and even exceed this expectation. In addition, the scenery was incredible and completely different from anything I’ve ever seen before. The views were simply breathtaking.

“So, what about the road itself? After all, it’s the most beautiful road of the world.” Well, that’s easy to answer. The roads are the best I ever drove on. This is something car companies figured out a long time ago. They use the exact same road for car tests. I know this because we saw some super-secret-test-cars ourselves.

“And… what about the X-factor?” Ah, I see where you’re going. Everything that’s ‘the most’, has something special. An X-factor. This is also true for Death Valley. Besides incredible scenery, breathtaking views, magnificent rock formations, awesome roads and even a ghost town (see photo below), Death Valley has something else. It’s the hottest place on earth. Several times, we left our car to experience the heat ourselves. One time, it was 49 degrees celsius (120 degrees fahrenheit)… that’s what I call an X-factor.

But even without an X-factor, Death Valley is one of the most incredible places I’ve ever seen.

My next stop: Las Vegas

Previous posts

Part 1: Exceeded expectations
Part 2: Google vs. Apple
Part 3: Look left! … No, look right!
Part 4: Johnny Depp
Part 5: Big, bigger, biggest

Big, bigger, biggest

My summer holiday of 2012 was a 3000 mile road trip in the United States. It was one of my best holidays ever. So, how come I never wrote about it here? The answer is simple. Since I arrived back in the Netherlands, I’ve been quite busy creating something (more on that in the future). Surprisingly, I finally found some time to write about the USA trip… Today, it’s time for part five; “Big, bigger, biggest”.

Think of America and it’s easy to think of everything being big. We all know the cliché, every American has a big car, eats XXL fastfood meals, lives in a big house located in a big generic neighborhood, which is connected to a megacity via a multi-lane highway. Although this is true for some Americans, it most surely isn’t for most. Besides, this is not the kind of ‘big’ I want to talk about.

Sequoia

Instead, I want to talk about trees. Big trees. America is home to the biggest and tallest trees of the world. They’re known as Sequoia trees and can only be found in California. So we had to check ’em out as well.

These trees truly are massive! And believe me, they’re much bigger in real life.

Meet General Sherman (the tree, not the soldier). With a height of 83,8 meters, a diameter of 7.7 meter and an estimated age of 2.300-2.700 years, it’s among the tallest, widest and longest-lived of all trees on this planet. In fact, measured by volume it’s the largest tree on earth. Did you notice the people in the bottom left corner of the photo?

This isn’t General Sherman. Still, it’s an enormous sequoia tree.

During our stay in Sequoia National Park, I hoped to see a black bear. Unfortunately, I didn’t. But to see this mule deer doing a photo op was great as well. This also concluded our visit to Sequoia National Park. Death Valley will be next.

My next stop: Death Valley

Previous posts

Part 1: Exceeded expectations
Part 2: Google vs. Apple
Part 3: Look left! … No, look right!
Part 4: Johnny Depp

Horse in the Netherlands - Kruiskerk Burgum - Benjamin Feenstra

Horse

I don’t go for a walk that often. But when I do, I try to bring my camera with me. Most often, the camera stays in the bag without being used. But not today.

Next to our ‘Kruiskerk’, a 12th century church, there was this great horse. He (or she?) promted me to stage a photoshoot (Hey! That’s why I brought my camera anyway). Halfway the shoot, the horse walked towards me so we could ‘chat’ a bit. Also, this resulted in the photo above. As you can see, the medieval church stands in the background.

Ransuil - long-eared owl

Long-eared owl

“There’s an owl sitting in a tree next to the window.” Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke? Well, actually it’s not. There really is an owl sitting in a tree next to the window. And this photo proofs it… What a beautiful sight!

Kerstnachtdienst VBG Bethel Drachten 2012

It’s that time of the year again…

It’s the second year I have the opportunity of being director of the Christmas Eve specials at VBG Bethel Drachten. Last time, everything was new for me (watch it here). This time, I kinda know what’s coming. And it helps we have a rehearsal… uhm, three rehearsals I should say. Today, we had the so called technical rehearsal (see the picture above). Tomorrow, it’s time for the dress rehearsal and Sunday morning we have the general rehearsal.

For us, Christmas Eve comes early this year. It starts this Sunday, December 23rd, at 4PM with the first show. Later that day, we will have one more. And on the real Christmas Eve (the 24th), there are two more shows. Busy days, but I’m really excited about it.

And, before I forget… Merry Christmas to y’all!