Yellowhead Highway, Canada

The Yellowhead Highway runs from Edmonton, Alberta to Prince Rupert, BC in Canada. Climbing up to Jasper in the Canadian Rockies then down past the beautiful and elusive Mt Robson(often shrouded in cloud), along the Fraser River to Prince George and eventually Prince Rupert on the Pacific Coast. We drove from Banff to Jasper along... Continue Reading →

Bears, bears, bears …..

In one of our recent posts about the National Parks, we wrote about how different the parks were in what they offered the visitor. There is however, one thing all the parks along the length of the Rocky Mountains have in common and that’s bears! One could be excused for thinking that the Rocky Mountain... Continue Reading →

Banff and the Icefields Parkway

In our last blog we mentioned crossing into Canada and entering Waterton Lakes National Park. The border crossing was uneventful, with the amusing Canadian border agent asking when we are going back to ‘Straya’. After having a drive around the accessible parts of the park but failing to find a car park near any of... Continue Reading →

Virginia City, earthquakes and rattlesnakes

Between Yellowstone NP and Kalispell, we stayed one night on the edge of Earthquake Lake, a few kilometres from the western boundary of Yellowstone National Park. Earthquake Lake is the result of an earthquake, a huge landslide and ground tilt in August 1959, which buried about 70 people who were camping along the river in... Continue Reading →

Yellowstone – Colour and Texture

The colours in and around the thermal pools at Yellowstone really amazed and interested us. We took so many photos we really thought we should share some of them with you. The stunning colours are formed by thermophyles (heat loving organisms). From a Visitor Information brocure: ‘These organisms – bacteria, algae and archaea – are... Continue Reading →

Yellowstone National Park

Everyone has heard of Yellowstone. It’s iconic, real American, biggest and the best, first National Park in the world, Old Faithful, blah, blah, blah! Well, we’re here to tell you, it’s pretty bloody good! When we travelled in the US last, we visited a number of parks in California, including Yosemite and were really impressed.... Continue Reading →

A day in Salt Lake City

The centrepiece of Salt Lake City today is not unlike many cities around the world, where a church and a plaza are the centre of the community. Here however, it is not a Catholic heritage as we have seen through South America. Salt Lake City is home to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day... Continue Reading →

Zion National Park

From Bryce Canyon it was a short 140km drive to Zion National Park. Yet again, the drive took us through spectacular country and interesting small towns with businesses making their living from being close to these major National Parks. Approaching Zion NP from the east, you pass an entry gate which is on the main... Continue Reading →

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