2004 - South USA Ntnl. Park Tour
(12.2004, 82 Pictures)

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This guy...

(at Horseshoe Bend) Overlook
(at The Wave=
(at White Sands NM)

...is on the road again...

...in Monument Valley
...in Mesa Verde
...in Utah
...in Mesa Verde

Utah – Arches NP

Arches Ntl. Park
Arch lit by sunlight
Delicate Arch

Arizona Deserts

Organ Pipe Cactus NM
Cactus blossom
Organ Pipe Cactus NM
Organ Pipe Cactus NM
Saguaro Cactus NP
Saguaro Cactus NP
Cactus blossoms
Cactus blossom
Organ Pipe Cactus NM

Texas – Balmorea State Park

Biggest springfed outdoor pool in the states... The swim here after two days of hiking was like paradise :-).

Pool in the afternoon
Pool in the afternoon

Texas – Big Bend NP

Great park for hiking, rafting and hotprings. Perfect day: starting for the 16 mile rim hike at dawn, soaking in the hot-springs in the afternoon and watching the sunset at "The Window" later, mmm :-).

Big Bend
View from the rim
View from the rim

Texas – Cadillac Ranch

A tribute to automobile freedom near Amarillo.

Cadillac Ranch
Cadillac Ranch

Colorado – Colorado NM

Indipendence Rock
View from the rim
View from the rim

Texas – Guadallupe Mnts NP

Featuring the highest peak in TX (just ~2500m) and fantastic views, just an hour away from the famous Carlsberg Caverns.

Rock and Flower
Happy trails
Summer-flowers
View from the Guadalupe-Peak trail

Colorado – Hanging Lake, HW82

Fantastic drive and fantastic hike! The lake is really worth the few hours of hiking. Plus HW82 near Hanging Lake is an engineering feat.

Hanging Lake
Hanging Lake
Hanging Lake

Arizona – Horseshoe Bend

Sorry, *no* photos from the famous horseshoe bend. My lens was not wide enough :-) Thomas however has some really decent photos from the bend... Instead a nice shot from the trail and some intriguing rocks.

Horseshoe Bend Overlook Trail
Rock near Horseshoe Bend Overlook
Rock near Horseshoe Bend Overlook

Utah – Monument Valley

The famed Monument Valley Highway
Impression from Monument Valley

Colorado – Mesa Verde NP

This park is somewhat "touristy" and does not have really interesting hikes. However the ancestral puebloan sites are definitely worth the (guided) visit. The ingenuity of these people and their engineering capabilities (ca. 1000AD) are amazing. The fotos are from the earliest tour, 9am.

Rock dwelling in Mesa Verde
Rock dwelling in Mesa Verde
The tower

Arizona – Navajo NM

You won't be able to guess this from the photos, but the hike (by permit, max. 20 ppl/day) to the Keet Seel site is an absolute hiking highlight :-). The spectacular 17 miles long hike features 2800ft elevation change (round trip) and goes down, through and along canyons. At the end of it you can make a (guided) visit to the Keet Seel site. Much more "original" than Mesa Verde. We did this in two days, with a stop-over at the Keet Seel primitive campground.

Cactus with ripe fruits
Thomas taking a well deserved rest at the campround
Tree and canyon wall, dawn
Flowers and Red-Rock
Shrub and rocks

Oregon – Eagle Creek Trail

Leave and Moss
Tunnel Fall

Arizona – Page & Antelope Canyon

Page: tiny city, heat, heat, heat (did I say it was hot!), cool dam and bridge, the longest Wallmart-Beer-Isle I ever saw (it's a spring break destination stupid :-), the amazing Antelope Canyon and the wonderfull Lake Powell: the warmest and nicest lake I've ever swam in. I guess the rocks heat up the lake really well, so I never got cold. Instead I got a sunburn on the back from swimming too long (!) :-).

Dam-Bridge near Page. Amazing engineering!
Antelope Canyon, AZ
Sunbeam, Antelope Canyon
Sunbeam, Antelope Canyon

Colorado – Rocky Mountains NP

Kinda like the Alps. Cold even in August. Impressive mountains (most of them not shown here).

Rocky Mountains
Rocky Mountains
Flower in the rockies

Texas

Texas road 1
Texas road 2

Utah – Vermillion Cliffs Wilderness - The Wave

Hiking
Plant and rocks
Red-rock, close-up
Red-rocks and blue sky
Red-rocks, close-up
The Wave
The Wave
The Wave
The Wave
The Wave
The Wave
The Wave

New Mexico – White Sands NM

Sunset at White Sands
Sunset impression A
White Sands
White Sands
White Sands Panorama
White Sands Closeup 1
White Sands Closeup 2
White Sands Closeup 3
Sunset impression B-1
Sunset impression B-2
  
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