Jamie Martin


Jamie Martin

North America » United States » New Mexico » Santa Fe January 12th 2011

I woke up in Santa Fe, New Mexico in Justin and Mel’s house – the people we met through couchsurfers. It was around 7am and the sun was rising outside, I’d had a decent sleep and spent most of the morning online, updating blogs and checking emails etc. At around 10.30am we left their house, they had kindly let us stay there even whilst they went off to work and asked that we just lock the door behind us. Our plan was to get something to eat, meet up with Jamie from the I-house and then drive to Chaco Canyon, an ancient ruins site. By 12noon we were running late and had only just finished eating breakfast. We met up with Jamie shortly after in New Mexico, bought some memorabilia, took some photos and left Santa ... read more
New Mexico licence plate
Streets of Santa Fe
Church in Santa Fe

North America » United States » Texas » Amarillo January 11th 2011

I woke up in a hotel room, still tired, at 7am and began to get ready to leave. I showered, ate breakfast, which was the best breakfast I’d had all trip with yogurts and bagels available. I walked outside to find the sun out and the sky blue with not a cloud in the sky, yet again. Despite the -6C temperatures, the car was no frosted up. I later discovered this may have been because two of the windows were left open ajar from the night before. Inside the car was almost colder than outside the car. I packed up the car and turned on the heating for a while. I then returned to the hotel room and watched TV until everyone else was ready to leave. It wasn’t until around 9.30am that we eventually left ... read more
Me sitting in the middle of the road in Texas
Me in Texas

North America » United States » Texas » Dallas January 10th 2011

I woke up early again to leave for Dallas in Texas. We packed all our belongs and began the drive to Texas in our new silver Florida plated car. It was meant to take us 8 hours to arrive in Dallas. The road wasn't very exciting although there was a 25 mile long bridge that we crossed through a river and swamp and the temperature began to plummet to around freezing again or the first time since leaving Washington D.C. The trees around looked very white and wintery from frost, and thankfully there was no ice on the road. We didn't stop at all for lunch, only frequent stops at gas stations for toilet breaks and fuel top ups. The highlight was watching American Psycho on a laptop in the car. We finally arrived in Dallas ... read more

North America » United States » Louisiana » New Orleans January 9th 2011

We arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana at around 4.45am and decided that it was not worth getting a hotel room for a few hours. We slept in the car until about 9am. Then we walked into the visitor centre, which had very nice toilets, to brush teeth and clean up. The first thing we did in New Orleans was visit a cemetery. Ace noted that New Orleans was famous for their cemeteries, and since we were nearby one we should visit it. The cemetery was far different from anything I'd seen, each person had their own stone hut built which was apparently to help the body decompose faster with the humidity New Orleans experiences. After walking through one of the world's most scenic cemeteries and beginning the day with a depressing start, we walked to a ... read more
Me in New Orleans
Basin St Station

North America » United States » Florida January 8th 2011

The final day in Miami started off a little late. We slept in because nobody had set the alarm. We were due to leave Miami at 8am as we decided to change plans to leave Miami early for New Orleans. It was really sunny for the whole day and it was nearly as hot as the first we arrive in Miami, so it was a shame to be spending it in the car At around 10am we left the hotel and headed off South Beach – the area where we spent all of our time – and drove around downtown Miami. I was still tired from the night before and so slept in the car for most of the driving. Although, I did catch a few sites and skyscrapers but didn't see anything especially more exciting ... read more

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West January 7th 2011

I woke up at 7am, a little later than I wanted to, to prepare and get ready for a long day ahead at the Keys in Florida. I headed out to the store to get some sandwiches, orange juice and water - which were surprisingly cheap compared to the places we had been. It wasn't as warm as it was the day before and I felt that just wearing a t-shirt and swimming trunks was maybe a little inappropriate or too little. We left Miami at 8am and drove for 3 and a half hours down to the southern most point of Florida (and mainland USA). The drive was beautiful. After we passed the Everglades national park, where there are is supposedly crocodiles and other wildlife, we came to the tip of Florida and started to ... read more
Swimming in the sea
Drive to Key West

North America » United States » Florida » Miami January 6th 2011

Today I slept in late. It was a very tiring drive the day before from Washington D.C. and I really needed the sleep. We had planned to go visit Key West the night before, but instead decided to postpone it a day because we were all so knackered. I went to the beach but on my way bought some sunglasses as the sun was causing getting in my eyes. We found a good spot on the beach which wasn't as busy as the day before. I swam in the sea for about an hour or two before the sun disappeared behind the clouds, the water was also slightly colder than the day before but was very comfortable to swim in. I lay on the beach and just relaxed for a while when Ace, Tom and Jenny ... read more
Enjoying a beer on the beach
Swimming Pool
Waves on the beach

North America » United States » Florida » Miami January 5th 2011

I woke up at 5am as we were driving down to Miami. It was a long drive and most of us in the car were sleeping. I caught the beautiful colours in the sky for the sunrise and the great temperature hike as we drove down the east coast of Florida. The drive down Florida was around 1/3 of the time for the total drive. When we were around two hours away from Miami we got out the car and changed into summer clothes. We were wearing big jackets, jumpers and scarves from the below freezing weather we had experienced the previous two weeks. We grabbed a coffee at Starbucks and then proceeded onto Miami. On the way, we saw a really cheap buffet lunch deal so decided to stop at the casino that it was ... read more
Sunny Florida
Outside the Casino
Beach Photographs

Today I needed a lie in, so slept for much of the morning. It wasn’t until 10am that I woke up and I then spent the following 2 hours lazing about in what was one of the best hotel rooms we’d stayed in so far. It was just 4 miles outside of Washington D.C in Arlington, Virginia. The beds were really comfortable and the shower was good. I spent most of my time updating the travel blogs from previous days where I didn’t have internet and arranged many of my hundreds of photographs. It was a rush to leave the hotel room as none of us were prepared at all for our late check-out deadline of 12noon. We checked out quickly and left at around 12.15. The weather in Washington D.C was better than we could ... read more
Sunshine in D.C.
Washington Monument
Lincoln in Memorial

We woke up early and amazingly, had checked out and left New York City by 8.30am. The weather was really good with a clear sky but very cold. We crossed a bridge over to Manhattan which was astounding with views of the city from the bridge. We encountered our first driving experience through Manhattan which wasn't pleasant, as the drivers there aren't good at all. We left New York and headed down the highway towards Philadelphia. It was only a 2 hour drive, which turned into 4 hours by the time we included traffic and stops for breakfast. We arrived in Philadelphia around 12.30 and planned to spend the day there. It was very cold, around freezing and the wind made it seem even colder. My first impression of Philadelphia was a good one. The skyscrapers ... read more
Philadelphia Skyline

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