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 →

Bryce Canyon National Park

The route we chose from Moab to Bryce Canyon National Park went though a series of unexpectedly spectacular regions, which bordered each other with little in between. Firstly past the quirky landforms of Goblin State Park, then through Capitol Reef National Park, the evergreen mountain region of Dixie National Forest, then through part of Grand... Continue Reading →

Arches National Park

Tourist Information Centres, aka Visitors Centres, are well promoted and sign-posted in most US towns. At the point of entry to each state, they are wonderfully informative places with free maps and coffee and smiling staff welcoming you to their town and state. The amount of information can be overwhelming. In the case of the... Continue Reading →

Dinosaur National Monument

Our next destination was Dinosaur National Monument which is a huge area of protected land which straddles the Colorado Utah border. 'National Monument' and 'National Park' seem to be interchangeable terms for the same thing and our information told us that the Colorado side had the beautiful scenery and the Utah side had the bones!... Continue Reading →

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