Anthony's Wild West 2007 travel blog

Rhyolite Ghost Town, Death Valley, Nevada

Salt crystals, Deah Valley

Tufa towers, Mono Lake, California

Sherrifs, Bridgeport, California

Detail, Vikingholme, Lake Tahoe, California

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California

Jellyfish, Monterey Aquarium, California

California coast between Monterey and Big Sur

Sequoia, Yosemite National Park, California

Vernal and Nevada Falls, Yosemite National Park

Bear and cubs, Kings Canyon National Park, California

Grand Sequoia National Park, California

Roy's Motel, Route 66, California

Scary climb down to Mooney Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon

Havasupai Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon

Looking down on the Bright Angel Trail, South Rim, Grand Canyon, Arizona

Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelley, Navajo Nation

Erica, Canyon de Chelley

Monument Valley, Navajo Nation

Ampitheatre, Bryce Canyon, Utah - see the little trees!

View from Observation Point, Zion Canyon, Utah

Harley Davidson Cafe, Las Vegas, Nevada

Our breakfast diner, Tucson, Arizona

The route ahead crossing the Grand Canyon

Mules on the River Trail, Grand Canyon

Looking back over the route, Grand Canyon

Antelope Canyon, Navajo Nation

Antelope Canyon, Navajo Nation

Garden of the Gods, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Emerald Lake Trail, Rocky Mountains National Park, Colorado

Dream Lake, Rocky Mountains National Park

Buffalo in the snow, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Orange Mound, Yellowstone National Park

Between Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone NP

Twin Lakes, Yellowstone NP

Frozen steam, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone NP

The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone NP

Coyote, Yellowstone NP

Emma Matilda Lake, Grand Tetons, Wyoming

Garden of Eden, Arches National Park, Utah

Double O Arch, Devil's Garden, Arches National Park

Delicate Arch, Arches NP - the symbol of Utah

Double Arch, Arches NP

Shafer Trail Road, Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park, Utah -...

View from Grand Point Overlook, Island in the Sky, Canyonlands National Park

Mesa Bridge, Island in the Sky, Canyonlands NP

The Needles, Canyonlands NP

Goblin State Park, Utah

Afternoon colours, Capitol Reef National Park, Utah

Capitol Reef National Park

Red Canyon, Route 12 All American Road, Utah

Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah

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Monterey Aquarium, California

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Havasupai Falls, Havasupai Reservation, Grand Canyon

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Ampitheatre, Bryce Canyon, Utah

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Hot spring, Yellowstone NP

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Coyote hunting in the snow, Yellowstone NP

It is nice to be back home again; the kids are happy and my house hasn't got too disgusting in my absence.

It was a contrast being back in England. My first impressions were that everything was very cramped, I could hardly get my car in the supermarket parking space. Thank God I don't have an American car! Also, I didn't feel as safe as I did in the USA, believe it or not. At Gatwick I was watching my bags like a stalker, not letting them be more than a few feet away, while in the US I generally felt everyone was more trustworthy, and I was always leaving stuff visible in my car when I went in shops, etc. Also, British people seem more grey and subdued somehow. And lastly, I have to conclude that - at least based on the Americans I met - Europeans in general and Brits in particular are less friendly and polite, and more aggressive. Not hugely, but noticeably. Mind you, it is nice to have some proper strong coffee and healthy, light food for a change.

My opinion of the States has developed a lot. I still think there is a lot wrong with the way their government behaves, but then I'm not too proud of ours at the moment. Also, while their emphasis on individuality is balanced well by the commitment to community in most areas, the inadequate public safety net in poorer communities can mean a lot of hardship and pressure in a way we don't have in Europe. On the other hand, there is a variety in the States that is broadly accepted in a way that we sometimes struggle with. And in terms of why I went to the US in the first place - i.e. the Natural World - it is simply awesome, some of the most amazing places I have ever been. So all in all, I highly recommend it.

These 'best of' pictures are, like the others, just a set of my favourite pics from the trip. Not the most artistic pics, or necessarily my best memories - these were often impossible to capture - just a set of photos that reminds me what a great time I had, hopefully has some variety, and that might inspire some other people to check the place out.

And now where shall I go next....

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