Posts Tagged ‘US Road trip 2008’

Summery of 2008

Greetings friends,

Well, once per year I try to sum up what I have done, what went well, what didn’t go so well and is in need for improvement so the following year can become even better.
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Fall Road Trip 2008 – 11.000km Through the Western USA

Start Time:
September 5, 2008 at 9:00am
End Time:
October 18, 2008 at 15:00pm
Location:
Western USA
Alright.. I had been away from “home” (i.e. Canada) for too long and I wanted to do a roadtrip down south (to the US) during the last fall, but it unfortunately it never happened.
There were a few “must see” and “must do’s” on my dream list that was itching to be checked off. Read the rest of this entry »

Mt St Helens – Mt Rainer – Seattle – Vancouver and the road back to Bow Valley

STATE PARK MT ST HELENS – MT RAINER NATIONAL PARK – SEATTLE – VANCOUVER

I headed northeast towards Mt St Helens National Volcanic Site and State Park, when I got to the visitorcentre it was all cloudy and they adviced me not to go up the LONG (>100km) drive up to see some gray clouds and then drive the same road all the way back… Read the rest of this entry »

Redwood NP – Crater Lake NP – Coos Bay – Oregon Dunes – Portland

REDWOOD STATE & NATIONAL PARK – CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK – COOS BAY – OREGON DUNES – PORTLAND

I am glad that I went to Sequoia National Park as well, coz Redwood State and National Parks was a bit of a disappointment. Surely the park was beautiful and the Pacific Coast Hwy offered mulitple of “Kodak Moments” but the “wow factor” was alot bigger in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Read the rest of this entry »

Monteray Bay – San Francisco – Golden Gate – Alcatraz – Fort Point – Napa Valley

MONTERAY BAY – SAN FRANCISCO –

GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE – ALCATRAZ – FORT POINT – PRESIDIO – NAPA VALLEY

From Yosemite it was pretty straight forward west on the highway to reach the coast again. I decided that I wanted to visit the famous (for me at least) Monterey Bay Aquarium. This was a HUGE disappointment. Read the rest of this entry »

Los Padres NF – Sequioa NP – Kings Canyon NP – Sierra NF – Yosemite NP

LOS PADRES NATIONAL FOREST – SEQUIOA NATIONAL FOREST/MONUMENT/PARK – KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARK – SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST –

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

After leaving Camp25 at the coast, I followed Pacific Coast Highway north for another hour or so, went through Ventura where a friend studied a few years ago, to see the town she lived in and how things looked around there.

From Ventura I went due north-northeast, moving away from the coast Read the rest of this entry »

LA – Universial Studios – Hollywood – NBC Jay Leno – Santa Monica

LOS ANGELES – UNIVERSIAL STUDIOS – HOLLYWOOD – NBC JAY LENO TONIGHT SHOW – SANTA MONICA – BEVERLY HILLS – SUNSET BLVD

Not many other cities around the world are so hyped-up as the one I just came from and the one I was driving to next. Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

I stayed at the Adventure hostel, about 35min south of Hollywood. Nice comfortable place, more like a youth hostel than anything else, big pool and nice atmosphere all around. Read the rest of this entry »

Route66 – Hoover Dam – Las Vegas – Joshua Tree and Mojave Deserts

ROUTE 66 – HOOVER DAM – LAS VEGAS

JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK – MOJAVE DESERT NATIONAL PRESERVE

“It’s the longest stretch left of the historic Route 66, I suggest you take it!” said the old lady in the information centre. So I did!

Listening to country music, rolling through the farming fields on this historic highway that everybody around the world have heard about… it was something! Read the rest of this entry »

Grand Canyon NP – North and South Rim

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK – NORTH RIM & SOUTH RIM

After being out on the roads for close to twenty days, going through some spectacular countryside andseveral canyons, the awe-experience I expected from the Grandest canyon of them all was hyped up.

When I got to the North Rim, I was surpriced to see Read the rest of this entry »

Bryce Canyon NP – Mozquito Creek – Zion NP

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK – MOZQUITO CREEK – ZION NATIONAL PARK

After tearing up the backroads in Capitol Reef National park I ended up in Bryce Canyon National Park.

Bryce is a wonderful and beautiful place!I hiked a shorter trail called Queens Garden Trail. And it was majestic as Royals! Read the rest of this entry »