Los Angeles

If I could describe the drive to LA from the Grand Canyon in two words it would be long and hot. We drove down what felt like thousands of kilometres of straight road with nothing but sand and shrubs on either side. After several long hours and a stop at a random shoe cemetary where […]

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Grand Canyon National Park

We had a long drive ahead of us from Canyonlands to the Grand Canyon so decided to break it all up with some scenic routes and parks along the way. The first of these was the Valley of the Gods, a long and dusty dirt road full of bright red sand and the most incredible […]

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Capitol Reef National Park

As we drove down the long road leading into Capitol Reef we realised it wasn’t as big as the other national parks we’d been to but still very beautiful. You’re surrounded by these stunning red rock formations but in the middle of it all you have what seems like a small oasis, full of fruit […]

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Bryce Canyon National Park

We had the most scenic drive coming from Zion through to Bryce. Weaving through the beautiful canyons of Zion and out onto the highway, we arrived at our dispersed (another word for free) campsite in just over an hour. After a couple of days hiking with no shower we were super keen to get ourselves […]

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Zion National Park

As we drove down the dusty red track of our first campsite since hitting Utah, the clouds started to roll in and a crack of lightning struck in the distance. Although a little annoying that we had to box ourselves in after the drive instead of stretching our legs, the rain was a cooling change […]

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Las Vegas

Although it was Anita’s second visit and this time on a slightly thinner budget, I really enjoyed my first time in Vegas. Yes the place is tacky and yes quite sleazy, but you can’t help but be dazzled by the bright lights and caught up in all of the excitement. Wild parties, stretched limos and […]

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Death Valley National Park

We hit the road early for Death Valley, leaving Whitmore Hot Springs at 3am to make it there at the very first break of light. Death Valley gets ridiculously hot in summer, with averages in the high forties. In fact, the highest temperature ever recorded was in Death Valley – a face melting 57°C! Now […]

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Yosemite National Park

We were told by a few people that Yosemite in summer should be avoided. Sure, it’s hot, but no where near as hot as some of the other parks. The problem is crowds. As one of our friends put it, “Yosemite in summer is Disneyland”. Although we were originally going to heed the advice and […]

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Vallejo

The day before arriving at our two week house/puppy-sitting workaway in Vallejo we decided to spend some time in the city of Oakland. We started by taking a short stroll around Albany Bulb, a former landfill turned park lying on a peninsula just north of Oakland in the East Bay. After exploring the area and […]

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