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We spent two weeks in Florida in mid December. We started our road trip in Miami Beach on a sunny day… Miami Beach   We spent the first day walking along the beach, where I had fun taking photos of as many colourful art deco lifeguard huts as I could – they are so pretty! A bird posed for me on the most American one… Of course we also admired the art deco buildings along Ocean Drive… We walked on…

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USA Adventure Part 9: Bryce Canyon

USA Adventure Part 9: Bryce Canyon

We rented a cabin between Bryce and Zion for a couple of days, and on our first day there we decided to visit Bryce Canyon National Park. I hadn’t fully recovered yet from my cold, but thankfully this turned out to be a cloudy – and almost cool – day, which was perfect for me. It was quite busy in the national park, the car park near the visitor centre was so full we had to skip it. We decided…

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USA Adventure Part 8: Highway 12 – Scenic Byway

USA Adventure Part 8: Highway 12 – Scenic Byway

Highway 12 is called a Scenic Byway, and runs from Capitol Reef to Bryce Canyon National Park. We were planning to camp somewhere along the way after leaving Cathedral Valley. The road is claimed to be one of the most beautiful roads in the USA, and it’s clear to see why… the views are fantastic and the landscape changes a lot along the way. The autumn colours were fantastic, a lot of the birch trees were a bright yellow colour….

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USA Adventure Part 7: Capitol Reef

USA Adventure Part 7: Capitol Reef

After leaving Goblin Valley, we drove for about 2 hours, to Capitol Reef National Park. This is not such a well-known park, and it seems quite off the beaten track for some reason. This has its advantages, Capitol Reef is a lot more relaxed about permits and camping inside the park. In addition, we chose to visit an area called Cathedral Valley which is rarely visited, so we had a very solitary experience in this park. We stopped at the…

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USA Adventure Part 6: Goblin Valley

USA Adventure Part 6: Goblin Valley

After our hike in Little Wild Horse Canyon, we hurried to nearby Goblin Valley State Park. I found out about it by coincidence, and after seeing some fantastic photos of the park I was determined to add it to our itinerary 🙂 We got there just before sunset, the perfect time to walk around between the goblins. State parks are less strict than National Parks, and here you could walk wherever you wanted. You could even climb the goblins, though…

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USA Adventure Part 5: Little Wild Horse Canyon

USA Adventure Part 5: Little Wild Horse Canyon

After three days in Moab, it was time to move on. We drove about a 100 miles, our final destination that day was Goblin Valley State Park. However, thanks to our hiking book (100 Hikes in Utah by Steve Mann and Rhett Olson, published by Mountaineer Books) we knew there was a slot canyon very close to the state park. Little Wild Horse Canyon (what a poetic name!) was described as perhaps the best easy slot-canyon hike in the Southwest…

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USA Adventure Part 4: Fisher Towers

USA Adventure Part 4: Fisher Towers

Before our trip to the USA, we spent a lot of time finding accommodation. Paul wasn’t too keen on sleeping in a tent for 3 weeks, and neither of us wanted to sleep in soulless hotels, so we put a lot of effort into finding nice places to stay, mostly cabins. The cabin we found in Moab wasn’t actually in Moab itself (a very touristy town), but a 20-30 minute drive away along the Colorado River. It was located on…

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