Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Bryce panorama
Bryce panorama

Bryce Canyon National Park is a special place that I was completely taken with. I have never seen colors and rock formations like the ones in Bryce in any other National Park. This exceptional park in Utah is less visited than the Grand Canyon, and perhaps not as grand, but equally spectacular. Through erosion, wind and and water have shaped the Claron limestone into horseshoe shaped amphitheaters, also called hoodoos. My dad and I hiked the park for a couple of days, meandering in between the  oddly shaped monuments enjoying the scenery big time. Click here to see pictures from Bryce National Park.

Sequoia National Park, California

One of my favorite things about the US is its national parks. I am currently reading the new book by Duncan Dayton and Ken Burns “THE NATIONAL PARKS: AMERICA’S BEST IDEA Companion Book” which accompanies their TV series.

Sequoia National Park
Sequoia National Park

This book gives a picture of the politics and personal devotion involved in the creation of these national parks. After reading the book I will definitely be more aware that these parks may not always be there for us to use unless we do more to protect them. Last May, I visited Sequoia National Park which was unbelieveably beautiful. The park had everything I wanted to see including fantastic sequoias, high altitude peaks, brown bears, and peace and quiet. Visiting the park in May meant that there were still patches of snow at the Wuksachi Lodge at 7000 feet. A day-hike to Panther Peak summit took me to 9000 feet and part of the hike was through snow. The view from Panther Peak was spectacular and well worth the strenuous altitude ascent. Some pictures are posted here.

Las Vegas, Highway 50, and Route 93, Nevada

Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas
Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas

During a road trip through the western US, my dad and I drove across the plains of Nevada. We followed Highway 50 which is also called “The loneliest road in America”. When you look at the map of the US you can tell that the country is big, but I had no idea how big it really is. Just crossing Nevada from West to East took us the better part of two full days, and during the drive, we entered a valley that seemed endless. Eventually we reached a mountain range that we had seen on the horizon, and when we crossed it  we encountered another enormous plain spreading out in front of us. These plains kept on coming until I lost count of them. Of all my traveling in the US, I think this trip across the Nevada is one I will definitely remember as a trip that made me realize what the West is all about.  I highly recommend seeing parts of the US like Nevada that are not always mentioned as highlights.  Taking the backroads has a lot to offer and it is unbelievable how many great moments you can experience in what is usually thought of as pretty desolate country. Pictures are found here.

Grand Canyon, Arizona

An important part of my roadtrip in the USA in May 2009 was to explore as many of the amazing National Parks that the US has to offer. This included a trip to the incredible Grand Canyon. In fact, I went there two times in one month. The first time I traveled there with my Catalan friend Jordi, and the next time with my dad. On both occasions we stayed for a couple of days inside the park at the South Rim (National Park Service). Staying inside the park is expensive, although extremely convenient if you want to spend most of your time as close to the Canyon as possible.

Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon

Jordi and I spent one day traversing the Bright Angel Trail which takes you down to the bottom of the Canyon. We hiked down to the Indian Garden where we turned around (wikipedia). The hike moves you quickly down and into the Canyon, and at first you are surrounded by other tourists that have come to enjoy the Canyon. However, after about and hour of hiking the density of people starts to disperse and you are suddenly in the Canyon by yourself and can enjoy the peace and quiet. The trip down the right Angel Trail is truely amazing and well worth doing. Next time I go to the Grand Canyon I would like to go to the Phantom Ranch and stay for a night before continuing on to the North Rim. The pictures from Grand Canyon can be found here.

Newport, Rhode Island

During autumn of 2007 my parents and I decided to go on a roadtrip from North Carolina to Massachussetts, traveling through Virginia (link), Pennsylvania (link), Connecticut, Rhode Island (link), before we ended in Woods Hole, Massachussetts (link) one month after start.

Newport, Rhode Island
Newport, Rhode Island

Some of the pictures I took on that trip have still not been posted online so I dedcided to sort through them and post some of the nicer ones. I start with some pictures from Newport, Rhode Island (link). This gallery include some images of the The Breakers which is a Vanderbilt mansion located on Ochre Point Avenue. The mansion was built between 1893 and 1895 (wikipedia).