In early September we went to California for the first time. It was really great! So diverse – forest, desert, palms, city, ocean… wow! And everywhere beautiful roads that you can drive all day long. It was also really hot – but is it something surprising for California this time of year? :P
Day 1 -3 – Kings Canyon National Park & Sequoia National Park
The distance between Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park is just a couple of miles, there are actually in the very same area. They are very different but very close. Kings Canyon National Park looks like Zion canyon a bit and Sequoia National Park has sequoia trees – it’s like a forest with amazing viewpoints. Moro Rock is the best.
I saw my first bear there! It was a baby bear though ;) So cute but when I saw how he’s able to climb the tree! Fast as a cat! Running on a tree when you see a bear seems to be a bad idea now ;)
Sequoias are impressive, to take a good picture showing their size you need to have some comparison. I was wondering all the time if there is a size difference between 1000 and 2000 year old sequoia, hmmm…. difficult to imagine.
Ilike the fact that you can just drive all day long and admire…. Which we did! ;)
Here are some pictures form Kings Canyon National Park, Sequoia National Park and a couple of pictures from our way.
We’ve already been to Mount Rainier National Park last year in July. It was great but the meadows were not fully… flowery ;) This year we went there just in time! The trails were mainly clear of slow and the meadows were blooming :) As you can see the Mt. Rainier was sometimes partially (and sometimes fully) in clouds.
We did the Paradise Trail which is 5 mile hike, rather easy. It was a hot day but the clouds were refreshing. The views were amazing and we were happy that we decided to go there!
Mount Rainier National Park is a beautiful place, so close to Seattle. We see Rainier from our apartment so it was great to see it
This is the must-see place in Seattle!!! Columbia Tower Skyview in Seattle is a perfect place to 360 degree panorama of Seattle from a 280 meter tower :) The cool thing is that it is twice as high as the Space Needle and the cost is half of that. We only paid $12 per person. Although we were there on Sunday afternoon this place wasn’t crowded at all. Sooo nice :) You can see how the Space Needle is small from that perspective :)
The only bad thing was that Mt. Rainier was covered with the only one cloud on the sky :P
Olympia National Park is one of a couple National Parks in the Washington State. We went there for just a weekend and it was cooper cool!
You can find there everything in one place: lakes, rain forest, snowy mountains and an ocean! Would you believe it? I guess no :)
We stayed in Super 8 hotel in Port Angeles. The hotel was one of the worst I’ve ever been to and pricey ($150) ! Apart from that we had a lot of fun. We did a couple of short hikes in the forest, we did the Hurricane Ridge drive (amazing!) and went on the beautiful Ruby beach. You can see some pictures below :)
We saw most of National Parks of Utah. Let me describe our trip day by day, in pictures :)
Day 1 – Salt lake City
2hrs flight from Seattle to Salt Lake City. We rented our Jeep, drove to hotel and prepared for the trip next day :)
Day 2 – Bonneville Salt Flats
Bonneville Salt Flats were really cool and quite unexpected. Just fields with salt… amazing!
Day 3&4 – Capitol Reef National Park
Our first canyons! We met with our friends there and started real adventure ;) (more…)
In a couple of days we are going to Utah! Our friends from Poland will be there for a canyons’ tour and we decided to join them. I’m a bit concerned about this hiiiigh temperature and hiking but it’s just the nature of South :)
Utah National Parks
During our 10 days stay we are going to make a tour. This is our plan:
- 2 days in Salt Lake City
- 2 days in Capitol Reef National Park
- 1 day in Escalante National Park
- 1 day in Bryce National Park
- 2 days in Zion National Park
- 2 days in Grand Canyon
I’m so happy we are going there :) Adventures, here we come!
We came back from Hawaii yesterday. It was just amazing! Everything in one place – blue crystal ocean, mountains, white sand and lots of green… We had a great time, partly lazy and partly active. We rented a car and went round the Aohu island. Our hotel was located on Waikiki beach so we had amazing view from our balcony- on the ocean and on Diamond head. It was one of the best vacation ever! :) Just see some of our photos :)