USA 2019 Highlights

7th July 2019, 102 photos.

Amazing holiday to the western USA showing Kim and James around all my favourite American destinations.

Dipping a toe in the Pacific at Manhattan Beach, LA


Stunning Manhattan Beach


We have a new interest in modern architecture - Manhattan Beach, LA


Scrambling up to the Hollywood Sign


The Hollywood Sign


Rotating aerial tramway, Palm Springs


Heading up to Desert View, Palm Springs


Palm Springs and the desert floor, 6000' befow us


Desert View and the San Andreas Fault - which had worryingly earthquaked nearby that very day


Going down with the sun on Palm Springs and the San Andreas faultline


Breakfast by the pool at the Palm Springs motel


Roasting Palm Springs


Dinner, Phoenix brew pub


Climbing Bell Rock, Oak Creek, Sedona


View from Bell Rock


On Bell Rock


Prickly Pear, Bell Rock


Kim scrambles off Bell Rock


Meteor Crater, Arizona


Meteor Crater


Kim's thinking of going into Space


Morning on the south rim of the Grand Canyon


Grand Canyon


Grand Canyon


Grand Canyon


Grand Canyon


Grand Canyon


Looking way down Bright Angel Trail


Grand Canyon from Lipan Point


Grand Canyon from Desert View


The mighty Colorado, Page


Glen Canyon, Page


Kayaking Lake Powell


Kayaking Antelope Canyon


Post kayak swim in Lake Powell


Glen Canyon, approaching sunset


Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Page


James and me at Horseshoe Bend


Horseshoe Bend


Horseshoe Bend


Entering the amazing Bryce Canyon


James and Kim trek down into Bryce Canyon on the Navajo Loop Trail


Navajo Loop Trail switchbacks


Near the bottom of the Navajo Loop Trail


Navajo Loop Trail


Bryce Canyon floor


Heading up the Queen's Garden Trail


Queen's Garden Trail


Climbing the Queen's Garden Trail


Mad Bryce scenery


Queen's Garden Trail


Near the top of the Queen's Garden Trail


Bryce Amphitheatre


Bryce Amphitheatre


Bryce Amphitheatre and the Peekaboo Loop Trail


Pefect lodgings at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon


Bryce Canyon sun setting on the Sinking Ship


Up VERY early for sunrise, Bryce Canyon


Sunrise - the sun lights up Bryce Canyon


Sunrise, bleary-eyed


Sunrise light on the canyon


Kim captures the scene






Sun rising on the Queen's Garden Trail


Bryce rim




James striding up the Virgin River, The Narrows, Zion Canyon


Zion Canyon


The Narrows


James under a waterfall into the Virgin River, The Narrows


The Narrows


The Narrows - as far as we went


Kim looking small in big scenery


Kim tackles one of the deeper sections


Mad Vegas


The Colosseum, Las Vegas


James trying to keep cool as the temperature hits 43c on the Strip


The Strip at night


Death Valley - 51 degrees celsius - not really conducive to human life


Death Valley - Artists' Palette loop


James' eyeballs drying out at Artists' Palette - that apparently happens above 50 degrees!


The beautiful Sierra Nevada, approaching Bishop


Beer sampler at the wondeful Mountain Rambler Brewery pub, Bishop


51 degrees yesterday, snow today! Yosemite!


Beautiful Yosemite


Lower Yosemite Falls


Cooling off and getting wet in the spray at Yosemite Falls


The famous El Capitan


Walked across the Golden Gate Bridge - some Art Deco design in those towers we were informed


Made it to the other side - Marin County and the sun managed to break through the fog


Drove down Lombard Street, San Fransisco


Lombard Street


A beer and a sunset and Motel life, Oakland, California


A big boat and some big buildings, San Fransisco and Pier 33


Alcatraz Island and a contrast between the colourful recent planting and the old, decaying island structures


The Alcatraz Prison exercise yard


Escaping from Alcatraz


Ready for the off at the Powell/Mason cable car turnaround


James leads the way up Taylor Street on the San Fransisco cable car


Two perfect textbook weather examples on the dramatic Pacific Highway One - advection fog sliding in off the sea and orographic cloud lifting up onto the hillside


Ending the holiday as it began - dipping a (metphorical this time) toe in the Pacific - somewhat cooler and winder in San Simeon than LA


7th July 2019, 102 photos. View this album in Flickr.