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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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Our trip to Olympic National Park

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 :)

Rain Forest in Olympic National Park

Rain Forest in Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park

Hurricane Ridge at Olympic National Park

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National Parks of Utah

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 :)

Salt Lake City panoram (SLC)

Salt Lake City panoram (SLC)

Day 2 – Bonneville Salt Flats

Bonneville Salt Flats were really cool and quite unexpected. Just fields with salt… amazing!

Bonneville Salt Flats near SLC

Bonneville Salt Flats near SLC

Day 3&4 – Capitol Reef National Park

Our first canyons! We met with our friends there and started real adventure ;) (more…)

What to do in Utah in a couple of days

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 :)

This is where Utah is :)

This is where Salt Lake City, Utah is :)

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
Mustangs are still living in Utah!

Mustangs are still living in Utah!

I’m so happy we are going there :) Adventures, here we come!

Waikiki Beach & Diamond Head :)

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 :)

Nice wide view

Nice wide view

View from our hotel - wow!

View from our hotel – wow!

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