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Yellowstone National Park

semi-overcast 18 °C

This trip so far has taken us across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Victoria, Canada to Port Angeles in Washington State and then around the Olympic Peninsula to the coast of Oregon. From Bend, Oregon we drove inland to Boise, Idaho, and to Salt Lake City, Idaho, before turning north to Yellowstone National Park. We have no idea why we have no photos of this scenic drive and the many historic hotels that we visited en-route.
However we have some views of the hot springs and geysers in Yellowstone. This is Old Faithful as it gets ready to blow...

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And, bang on schedule, somewhere between 35 minutes and 2 hours, up she goes...

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The crowd roars their approval and we take off to visit many of the colourful hot springs in Yellowstone...

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Yellowstone may be famous for its bears but we didn't see any. We did see plenty of bison...

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This little calf was cute...

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From Yellowstone we headed up through Wyoming to the badlands of Montana before crossing into Canada and heading to Calgary where our friend, Gottfried, was becoming a Canadian citizen...

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22.06.2009

Posted by Hawkson 11:46 Archived in USA Comments (0)

Las Vegas

sunny 20 °C

Regular followers of our blog might be surprised to read that we are in Las Vegas, Nevada. And we are not even gamblers. However, for anyone wanting to get a feel for some of the most recognisable tourist spots in the world, Las Vegas is a great place to start. For instance - the New York skyline soars into the sky above 'The Strip' and we loved riding the giant roller coaster that loops around this enormous building...

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But New York is hardly exotic when you can visit Beijing, Venice, Tuscany, Buenos Aires or Paris all within easy walking distance. We stayed in the Tuscany Suites and simply loved the fabulous French buffet breakfasts under the Eiffel Tower in Paris. We took a gondola ride in Venice and watched the dancing Italianate fountains of Bellagio. This is the fabulous Chihuly glass ceiling in Bellagio...

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There are a thousand things to do and see in Las Vegas - if only we had taken more photos!
Maybe the moral of this blog post is - If you really want to see the world you could start here in Vegas.

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The Grandest of Canyons

sunny 23 °C

We took the scenic route from Las Vegas across the desert to cross a familiar landmark - the original London Bridge from England...
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In the early 1960s, officials in England discovered that London Bridge was falling down. The 1,000-foot span had stood for over 130 years and survived the Blitz, but it was unequipped for modern traffic and was slowly sinking into the River Thames. Renovations were impractical so the City of London resolved to build a more car-friendly replacement. The 19th century granite bridge seemed destined for the junkyard, but a city councilor marketed the monument to prospective buyers in the U.S. The sales pitch raised a few eyebrows in the United States, but businessman Robert McCulloch had purchased thousands of acres of land near Arizona’s Lake Havasu and needed to attract developers. He bought the bridge and had it dismantled and shipped to the Arizona desert where it linked a small island to the shore.
Then he built the city which is now home to over 50,000 full-time residents and boasts a thriving tourist industry. London Bridge, still standing after 185 years on two continents, remains its most recognizable landmark.

With London Bridge behind us we carried on to the community of Williams from where we could launch an early morning assault on the Grand Canyon ...

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At more than 2 miles deep it is a truly awesome sight...

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Many people climb down into canyon but we simply enjoyed the many spectacular vistas from the rim.

A nearby spectacular sight is the painted desert where numerous different geological layers have been exposed by wind and rain...

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Not far away is the equally fantastic Petrified Forest on the lands of the Navajo and Apache Indians.

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These petrified trees were swept into a vast swamp 225 million years ago and were gradually turned to stone by the chemicals in the water...

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Who cut them into perfect rounds is an absolute mystery!!!

Posted by Hawkson 13:42 Archived in USA Comments (0)

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