By Kris Relicords


Vietnam, a coastal country in Southeast Asia, has a diverse landscape and vibrant cities.  Fresh seafood and tropical fruit is plentiful.  Hop on a motorbike and go on an adventure.

Vung Tau

Vung Tau is a seaside resort city in the Ba Ria – Vung Tau Province, about 100km south of Ho Chi Minh City.  There are three mountains in Vung Tau with roads leading to each summit.  All three mountains have unique points of interest.  There’s a mountain with an amusement park, one with a lighthouse and another with a large statue of Jesus.

Ho Chi Minh City

Antique Street” has a large collection of antique stores selling pottery, figurines and other relics of Vietnam’s history.  Whether or not they’re legitimate antiques is another story…

Cần Thơ Floating Market

Vendors at the floating market in Can Tho, the largest city in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, sell everything from fresh tropical fruit, coffee, bowls of soup and other meals directly from the boat.

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Nevada, USA

Nevada is a state in the southwestern region of America.  It’s home to Las Vegas, the Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, large multi-colored rock formations, Area 51, ancient civilizations, a lot of mountains, desert and more.

Valley of Fire

Valley of Fire State Park is about an hour north of Las Vegas, NV.  The park has numerous hiking trails and shaded picnic areas with amazing scenery.  Red Aztec sandstone formations make up most of the park.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area

Not to be confused with Red Rock Canyon State Park in California.  This park is on the western side of Las Vegas, and due to higher elevation, sometimes gets snow.

El Dorado Canyon

Wild west outlaws and gold mines were common in this area a little more than 100 years ago.  Before roads were built, this canyon was only accessible by steamboat.

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California, USA

The most southwestern state in the USA, California is a large state with many deserts, mountains, coastlines and cities.

Lower elevation deserts are home to places like the Salton Sea and Death Valley, two of the lowest parts of America, each hundreds of feet below sea level.  The high elevation deserts, over 2000 feet above sea level, have unique vegetation such as Joshua trees.

Ancient Native American petroglyphs can be found all around California.

Red Rock Canyon State Park

Not to be confused with Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area in Nevada, California’s Red Rock Canyon has its own excellent rock formations.

Dos Palmas Preserve

An old abandoned adobe house sits near a natural oasis in the low desert near Mecca, CA.  Over the years, the oasis was developed into swimming ponds, and then a fish hatchery.  Now it’s a protected wildlife area that’s only accessible by foot.

Bombay Beach Chair

Armchair resting on the shores of Bombay Beach, a community on the southeastern shore of the Salton Sea.  This community was a popular place in the 1960’s for people to enjoy water activities.  The Salton Sea used to be known as California’s Riviera.

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Maine, USA

Maine is the most northeastern state in America.  Famous for lobster, scenic rocky coastlines and a certain horror fiction writer.   Maine is a popular summer destination for city dwellers from New York and southern New England.  Autumn leaves attract tourists called Leaf Peepers.

Goddard Mansion

The Goddard Mansion was originally built in the 1850’s for local businessman John Goddard.  It was sold to the US Army in the early 1900’s to become part of Fort Williams in Cape Elizabeth.

Penobscot Narrows Bridge

The Penobscot Narrows Bridge was completed in 2006, replacing the deteriorating Waldo-Hancock Bridge.  It’s the main connection between Waldo and Hancock Counties and spans between the town of Prospect and Verona Island, across the Penobscot River.  One of the towers contains the tallest bridge observatory in the world, accessible from nearby Fort Knox.

Northern Bay, Penobscot

Northern Bay, on the Bagaduce River, is a tidal bay in the town of Penobscot, Maine.  All the water drains out of the bay during low tide.  It’s common to see people digging for bloodworms in the bay’s tidal flats.  Wildlife such as bald eagles, great blue herons, whitetail deer, black bears and more call this land home.  Deer will frequently appear out of nowhere in the middle of the road.

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Wild and domestic.

Painted Turtle

Turtle found a sunny spot in the grass.


Her name is Donkey and she likes to hunt.

Bluebottle Fly

A bluebottle fly on a green leaf.

Handsome Horse

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