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Top animal encounter - first place- bears

Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 | Views [517]

Bears are one of the top predators here (there are also wolves and mountain lions but so far we haven't seen either, so they don't make this list).  Both grizzly bears (the most aggressive) and black bears live here and we have seen both types, ... Read more >

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Top animal encounters - second place - Bison

Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 | Views [265]

Some of the original European artists to come out here painted pictures of the Western plains covered in bison (aka buffalo). At one time, there were millions of these large, woolly, front-loaded herbivores, but they came close to extinction following ... Read more >

Tags: bison, buffalo


Top animal encounters - third place - moose

Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 | Views [227]

A moose is like an even more massive deer, I am talking HUGE! The males have wide, flat, branched antlers but the females don't seem to have any. They have long moosey faces. What I didn't know about moose is that they are water animals. They graze ... Read more >

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Top animal encounters - fourth place - elk

Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 | Views [212]

Elk are like massive deer, and, at this time of the year, are growing back their antlers which are covered in velvet. They graze around in the trees and meadows. My favourite elk experience happened when we were out of a horse ride in the Rocky Mountains.... Read more >

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Top Animal Encounters - fifth place...marmots

Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 | Views [237]

One of the things I've enjoyed most about the States has been the number of animals we have come across every day. In the next blogs are my top five animal encounters of the mountainous parks... Coming in at number five: marmots.  These ... Read more >

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States' Number Plates

Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 | Views [231]

As each State has its own number plate design (some have more than one, just to be confusing), one of the more geekier things we have been doing is collecting a photo of a plate for each State.  Hawaii (a rainbow) was a highlight, and Wyoming's ... Read more >

Tags: license plates, number plates


Yee Haah! Wyoming's Wild West

Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | Views [180]

Cody, in Wyoming, is the Wild West capital of the States. Citizens wear cowboy hats and boots; motorbikers wear leather chaps; spurs jingle down the street and the mode of travel is pick up truck or horse. We had a great time watching a staged shoot ... Read more >


Yellowstone - Super-Volcano

Saturday, 28 Jun 2014 | Views [319]

Yellowstone is one of the world's largest, most active and most explosive volcanoes. It hasn't looked much like a volcano since the last huge explosion, 650,000 years ago, which blew out a huge area, covering a lot of the States with ash.  Nowadays, ... Read more >

Tags: super-volcano, volcano, yellowstone


Slot canyons and rattlesnakes in Escalante

Friday, 6 Jun 2014 | Views [280]

So, have you watched the film 127 hours? If so, you will have heard about slot canyons, which are narrow passageways carved through the rock by rivers. (We won't mention cutting tendons, yuk!)  The walls on either side of a slot canyon are huge ... Read more >

Tags: canyoning, escalante


Bryce Canyon

Monday, 2 Jun 2014 | Views [188]

Bryce Canyon is another place where a plateau of limestone has been sculpted by water, this time into thousands of fantastic shapes called hoodoos which are like tall rock daggers, fins, walls. We heard the most "OMGs" here at Bryce as the hoodoos ... Read more >

Tags: bryce canyon, prairie dogs


Zion National Park

Thursday, 29 May 2014 | Views [197]

You make think I'm going a bit soft because I found Zion National Park to be quite spiritual and moving.  Zion is a high rocky desert through which flows a river. Spectacular orange and gold mountains look down on the vividly green valley floor.... Read more >

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A Reet Grand Canyon

Sunday, 25 May 2014 | Views [197]

It's big. It's very, very big. So huge you can't take in the scale. So deep and wide that it would take all day to just walk to the bottom. At first, it is astounding in its immensity. All you can do is stand on the edge ("The Rim") and gawp. And take ... Read more >

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Fun in Las Vegas

Friday, 23 May 2014 | Views [138]

Wacky, fun, and unlike anywhere else we have been to, we both really enjoyed Vegas. Beautiful Bellagio with its glass blown flowers and fountain displays, Venice complete with gondolas on canals, Paris with the Eiffel Tower, and Treasure Island with ... Read more >


Death Valley, California

Thursday, 22 May 2014 | Views [238]

Hot (hottest place on earth), low (282 feet below sea level) and very dry. And like everything in the States so far, it is B.I.G. Not much death though, which I guess is probably a good thing. Sand dunes, stripy rocks, canyons and salt flats. We ... Read more >

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Los Angeles

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | Views [325]

Arriving in the States was a bit of a culture shock after South America - so many (big) cars, billboards, shops, fat people, fast food outlets, and no fruit or veg in sight. So why not ratchet up the culture shock stakes and drive out to Beverley ... Read more >

Tags: beverley hills, hollywood, los angeles


Photos: Fifth leg - United States of America

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