From Grand Canyon National Park to Las Vegas: First stop in Seligman, Arizona known as the “Birthplace of Historic Route 66”. There, we had our most fun burger experience at Delgadillo’s Snow Cap Drive-In. After that, the gigantic and well protected Hoover Dam was our next stop before arriving in Las Vegas.
In the desert’s scorching heat we strolled along the Strip from New York, New York to Stratosphere walking past Treasure Island, the Venetian, Cesar’s Palace and the Bellagio. Some characters like Spiderman, Bumble Bee and Elvis (we met him 3 times – unbelievable, huh?) completed that very weird round-the-world trip. After two nights in that glittering, fascinating and crazy city we went on our final road trip to Los Angeles where we enjoyed our last evening before heading back home.
Thanks for watching. Hope you had fun.
Excited to go on the next adventure. (Be prepared, Canada.)
We spent two amazing days in the Grand Canyon National Park. I tried to realize how gigantic this canyon is … but this is impossible to do. We did a helicopter flight for almost one hour but even that showed us just about one eighth of the canyon. The nights in our tents were a bit chilly (about 6 °C) and wildlife had some surprises for us. In the evenings we enjoyed our campfire, some marshmallows and s’mores.
Our journey across the West of the USA brings us back to Utah. But before our stay at the cowboy ranch we make a short stop at the Horseshoe Bend of the Colorado River and at Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona. After that our guide Easton welcomes us at the Paria Canyon Guest Ranch and takes us on a sunset ride. No one fell off their horses and everyone enjoyed the delicious steak dinner afterwards.
After a guided Jeep tour in the breathtaking scenery we enjoyed a delicious dinner that was followed by a performance of a Navajo grass dancer. After that we almost immediatly fell asleep in our home for one night: a hogan – the traditional home of the Navajo people. The next morning we got up at 6 to watch sunrise, then follow the “coyote” howl that led us to breakfast.
This stay was my favorite and most touching experience throughout the entire trip.
After having mastered our first hikes in California and Utah, we got the chance to do some more hiking. So on our way to Moab in Utah, we stopped at Capitol Reef N. P. for a short hike. From our campground in Moab we then started some hikes to Arches N. P. and Canyonlands N. P. An enormous challenge considering my fear of heights but I was rewarded with some breathtaking views.
Welcome to Utah! After our road trip across Nevada we arrived at Zion N.P. in Utah. There we did a short hike in the stone-cold Virgin River and admired the Hanging Gardens of Zion. The next day we got up early to get up to (or near) Angel’s Landing. This was too much for my fear of heights as I could have guessed from the description in the Hiking Guide: “Long drop-offs. Not for anyone fearful of heights or young children. Last section is a route along a steep, narrow ridge to the summit.” Well, we chose another trail that took us even higher so we could look down on Angel’s Landing.
After that (because who would be satisfied with just ONE hike a day?) we went on to Bryce Canyon and did another “short” hike there. Amazing view, though. Thanks Mitch for having made us do that, anyway. ;)
Some pix from the road trip through Nevada – this felt like an 8 hour movie starring open range cattle, joshua trees and aliens at the same time. Best loo stop at “Area 51’s Must Stop Shop”, E.T. Fresh Jerky – thanks for pointing out to us that we were in Area 51. :)
It’s been a while since my trip to the US. I finally had some time for selecting and editing the tons of photos. You might wonder why these posts are in English. That’s because I want my fellow travellers to read them! Hey guys – hope you like it.
After three days discovering San Francisco on my own I finally met the group and our Intrepid tour leader at the welcome meeting in our hostel. After a few words and instructions we hit the road to Yosemite National Park, “Ansel Adams’ chief source of inspiration”. I was so excited. About the tour, the other 7 travellers, about all the camping, the animals and – oh my god – all the beautiful places we were gonna see. So here we go:
3 days in San Francisco. I biked the bridge, strolled along the piers, had cake on the roof terrace of SFMOMA, took a ferry to Alcatraz, got put in “the hole” there and did a sunset cruise on my last day. It is such a friendly city with breathtaking sunsets and charming people smiling at you. All the time. And the best of all: At the last day I still had two adventurous weeks coming up! (to be continued …)
I decided to spend my birthday abroad this year. I like to travel in September. I love September. So this year it was time to discover the American West: San Francisco, Yosemite, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, L.A. and so many many amazing stops in between. I came home with about 2,500 photos. Digital ones. But besides two digital cameras I also took my Lomo with me – a Diana F+ with some lomography redscale XR films. Now see what you get if you take a redscale film and a red bridge, red rocks and red sand. Besides the almost forgotten excitement when you pick up analog photos from the lab, you also get blurry pictures, double exposed photos, shots you don’t even remember anymore and that makes me smile. I like that. That’s why I like my Lomo.