nine national parks and a national monument

After my TransAmerica cycling trip in the summer of 2013 I returned to the US in the winter of 2014.

I stayed with Annie who I had cycled with on the TransAm from Wyoming to the Pacific. She works and lives in Estes Park nearby the gorgeous Rocky Mountain National Park. Of course we explored this at that time snow-filled Park together, by bicycle and by foot. We2014-01-31_1697_internet also went on quite a big road trip across the Southwest. It became a journey along eight national parks – Arches, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Zion, Death Valley, Yosemite, Joshua Tree, Petrified Forest – and one national monument – Canyon de Chelly. I think it’s no overstatement to say that the beauty that the American National Parks have to offer is beyond any imagination.The cities of Las Vegas, San Francisco and San Diego served as a counterbalance to all this wonders of nature. Many photos of my winter in Estes Park and the road trip can be found on my Camera Wanderings blog.

I left my bicycle in Belgium, a decision that I came to regret pretty soon. So I bought a great second-hand bicycle on Craigslist. The Rocky Mountain National Park provides for some breathtaking cycling, definitely at that height in the freezing cold. And of course we brought our bicycles on our road trip. We rode our bikes around Las Vegas, San Francisco, Ojai and Joshua tree. And Death Valley as you can see in this (shaky) video.

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