10 days  //  6000 miles  //  14 states  

//  Badlands National Park, South Dakota 

//  Badlands National Park, South Dakota 

(above) A 3-mile hike through Badlands National Park.

//  Badlands National Park, South Dakota

//  Badlands National Park, South Dakota

//  Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

//  Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

//  to Yellowstone National Park

//  to Yellowstone National Park

//  Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

//  Yellowstone Lake, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

We arrived at Yellowstone overnight and parked in the first lot we saw to sleep. We woke up the next morning and found to our great surprise that we had slept the night right next to the historic Lake Hotel, and even more surprisingly found this view (above) waiting on the other side of it.

Two short hikes in Yellowstone : One to Lower Falls of the Yellowstone River (above left) and the other to Old Faithful Geyser (above right).

//  between Yellowstone and the Pacific Northwest

//  between Yellowstone and the Pacific Northwest

We drove all 650 miles of California State Route 1, from the northern-most tip originating on US 101 to the southern-most tip terminating at Santa Monica I-10.

//  Redwoods National Park, California

//  Redwoods National Park, California

//  Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

//  Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco

//  Grand Canyon National Park

//  Grand Canyon National Park

Just outside of Page, Arizona, along the road is a very small sign that says Horseshoe Bend -  be on the look-out, as it's easily missed. From a small, dusty parking lot, take the mile-long hike to get to the horseshoe-shaped meander in the Colorado River. The terrain of the hike is quite easy, but be prepared with ample amounts of water (and a hat on a sunny day) as there is no shade or infrastructure of any kind.  And be cautious, as there are no rails or boundaries.

The two images above and the one below can be deceiving, as they do not represent the truly enormous scale of the canyon and its definitive transformation of the landscape.

//  some sunset, somewhere

//  some sunset, somewhere

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