Thursday, May 28, 2009

Road trip: Finished!

Yesterday I finished the 12 weeks road trip traveling through Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and California. Drove lots and lots of miles, took lots and lots of photos, and had a blast!

I visited Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Petroglyphs National Monument, New Orleans, Las Vegas, the beautiful California coast, Sierra Nevada Mountains, and many more places! Saw alligators, sea otters, elephant seals, sea lions, bison, moose, elk, prairie dogs, and birds! Lots of gorgeous scenery! Got together with some friends in California. Photos are in the Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, California, and Miscellaneous galleries on my website:

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sea Lions

I am in Santa Cruz now and the weather is perfect! Spent the afternoon down at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and that was fun. Many photos in the California gallery:

Here are some photos of Sea Lions lounging around:

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sierra Nevada Mountains, California

I spent some time in Las Vegas and then yesterday headed to California. I stayed at Lee Vining, California next to Mono Lake last night. Then at sunset I went down and took some photos of the tufas -- photos are in the California gallery on my website.

This morning I drove over the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California going west. It was a little, steep, winding mountain road and it took about 4-5 hours to get over the mountains. Here is a photo just after I went past the sign that said I was at 9,638 feet elevation. Before that though I passed the USMC Mountain Warfare training Center -- Pickel Meadow. I have heard about this place ever since I was in the Marine Corps, but didn't know where it was. About 15 minutes after I passed his sign I saw what looked like a platoon size unit of Marines sitting under the trees beside the road. They looked tired so I guess they were taking a break from some sort of training.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Yellowstone National Park

The road trip continues and after leaving Utah I drove into Wyoming. I spent awhile in Wyoming, primarily going to Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. I have been to both a few times before, but they are always awesome!

Please check out the Wyoming gallery on my website. I just uploaded a bunch of photos from Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. Besides the gorgeous scenery, snow, geysers, hot springs, etc. we saw lots of bison, elk, some moose, prairie dogs, etc.

Grand Teton National Park

After Utah I headed north to Wyoming on this ongoing road trip. I spent a few days at Jackson Hole and visited Grand Teton National Park right next door several times. Although I have been there before it is always awesome! See photos in the Wyoming gallery on my website:

Monday, May 4, 2009

Bryce Canyon National Park

Today I left Zion National Park and drove to Bryce Canyon National Park. Only a 2 hour drive. I was here in 1999 and 2004 also. Had a good hike on the Navajo Loop trail too today! Here are two photos from today:

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Zion National Park

Today the road trip brought me to Zion National Park, Utah. I was here in 1999, 2004, and 2007 also so this wasn't the first time. It is such a spectacular place though so I keep returning. Here are a couple of photos: