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

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Stunning Manhattan Beach

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

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Scrambling up to the Hollywood Sign

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The Hollywood Sign

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Rotating aerial tramway, Palm Springs

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Heading up to Desert View, Palm Springs

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Palm Springs and the desert floor, 6000' befow us

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

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

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Breakfast by the pool at the Palm Springs motel

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Roasting Palm Springs

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Dinner, Phoenix brew pub

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Climbing Bell Rock, Oak Creek, Sedona

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View from Bell Rock

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On Bell Rock

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Prickly Pear, Bell Rock

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Kim scrambles off Bell Rock

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Meteor Crater, Arizona

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Meteor Crater

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Kim's thinking of going into Space

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Morning on the south rim of the Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon

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Looking way down Bright Angel Trail

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Grand Canyon from Lipan Point

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Grand Canyon from Desert View

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The mighty Colorado, Page

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Glen Canyon, Page

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Kayaking Lake Powell

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Kayaking Antelope Canyon

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Post kayak swim in Lake Powell

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Glen Canyon, approaching sunset

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Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Page

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James and me at Horseshoe Bend

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Horseshoe Bend

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Horseshoe Bend

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Entering the amazing Bryce Canyon

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

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Navajo Loop Trail switchbacks

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Near the bottom of the Navajo Loop Trail

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Navajo Loop Trail

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Bryce Canyon floor

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Heading up the Queen's Garden Trail

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Queen's Garden Trail

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Climbing the Queen's Garden Trail

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Mad Bryce scenery

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Queen's Garden Trail

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Near the top of the Queen's Garden Trail

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Bryce Amphitheatre

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Bryce Amphitheatre

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Bryce Amphitheatre and the Peekaboo Loop Trail

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Pefect lodgings at The Lodge at Bryce Canyon

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Bryce Canyon sun setting on the Sinking Ship

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Up VERY early for sunrise, Bryce Canyon

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Sunrise - the sun lights up Bryce Canyon

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Sunrise, bleary-eyed

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Sunrise light on the canyon

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Kim captures the scene

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Sunrise

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Sunrise

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Sun rising on the Queen's Garden Trail

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Bryce rim

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Zion!

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

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Zion Canyon

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The Narrows

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James under a waterfall into the Virgin River, The Narrows

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The Narrows

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The Narrows - as far as we went

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Kim looking small in big scenery

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Kim tackles one of the deeper sections

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Mad Vegas

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The Colosseum, Las Vegas

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

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The Strip at night

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

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Death Valley - Artists' Palette loop

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

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The beautiful Sierra Nevada, approaching Bishop

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Beer sampler at the wondeful Mountain Rambler Brewery pub, Bishop

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51 degrees yesterday, snow today! Yosemite!

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Beautiful Yosemite

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Lower Yosemite Falls

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Cooling off and getting wet in the spray at Yosemite Falls

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The famous El Capitan

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

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

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Drove down Lombard Street, San Fransisco

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Lombard Street

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

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

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

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The Alcatraz Prison exercise yard

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Escaping from Alcatraz

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

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

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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

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

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