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Another course at the UW

I started another fascinating course at the University of Washington! This time it’s about something related to my chemical education and previous job.

Biomedical Regulatory Affairs – sounds ambitious and it really is! It takes my quite a lot of time to learn, do the homework, etc. I really enjoy it, though ;)

University of Washington in Seattle

University of Washington in Seattle

Utah again! Arches National Park & Canyonlands

We went to Utah once again! It is such a beautiful state. Not sure if easy to live but from my touristic point of view it’s just great! Our hotel was in Moab – probably the best city to live when you plan to visit the parks.

We spend there 4 days – we visited two parks and some nearby attractions:

  • Arches National park
  • Canyonlands national Park
  • Colorado River
  • …and an amazing valley which name I cannot recall ;)

It was hot, unbelievably amazing and stunning. Such canyons you can only see here… it’s like a different planet! I’m so surprised we don’t learn about them in schools ;)

 

 

One of the arches in Arches national Park

One of the arches in Arches national Park

One of the arches in Arches national Park

One of the arches in Arches national Park

One of the arches in Arches national Park

One of the arches in Arches national Park

One of the arches in Arches national Park

One of the arches in Arches national Park

This is the most characteristic arch - Delicate Arch - Utah symbol

This is the most characteristic arch – Delicate Arch – Utah symbol

Denver, Colorado

We went for a quite a nice tour to Colorado last month – that includes Denver, Aspen, Rockies. It was pretty amazing!

I will post more photos soon, need to pick the best first (which is not easy when you have over 3,000! ;) )

Denver is a great city!

Denver is a great city!

Death Valley National Park – Things to see

During our holidays in California we also visited Death Valley National Park - the hottest place on Earth. Max recorded temperature there was 134F (56.7C) Luckily it wasn’t in September 2014 ;)

This park is just amazing – desert, mountains, canyons, red rocks, salt flats – all in one place! This park is really huge but we managed to see all top attractions. Here  are the absolute must things to see in Death Valley National Park (in TripAdvisor & also our order)

  1. Dante’s View
  2. Zabrisky Point
  3. Artist’s Palette – I loved the Artist’s drive! It’s ~1.5 mile off-road drive with scenic view
  4. Bad Water Basin – salt flats that you can see from Dante’s View – they are below sea level

I liked the sign: “STOP Extreme heat danger. Do not go after 10 am.” It was indeed extremely! We went a few steps inside the canyon and it was hotter than in hell!
And let it be the summary of this trip :)

Death Valley Artists' Palette

Death Valley Artists’ Palette

Death Valley Dante's View

Death Valley Dante’s View

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Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park

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.

Amazing view from Moro Rock - Sequoia National Park

Amazing view from Moro Rock – Sequoia National Park

Road in Sequoia National Park

Road in Sequoia National Park

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Mount Rainier National Park

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

Mt. Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier National Park

Mt. Rainier National Park Meadows

Mt. Rainier National Park Meadows

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Columbia Tower Skyview in Seattle

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

Columbia Tower Skyview in Seattle

Columbia Tower Skyview in Seattle

 

Columbia Tower Skyview in Seattle

Columbia Tower Skyview in Seattle

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