National Park Road Trip

So as the previous post rambled on about, I recently spent two weeks in America. We landed in L.A, and spent two weeks driving through California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah before flying back home from LA.

The route was pretty sweet:

LA > Santa Monica > Joshua Tree National Park > Las Vegas > Grand Canyon > Monument Valley > Arches National Park > Bryce Canyon  > Zion National Park > Yosemite National Park > Kings Canyon / Sequoia National Park > Refugio Beach > LA

The highlight of the trip for me – although the whole thing was EPIC – was walking ‘The Narrows’ in Zion National Park. The Narrows is a ten mile route where you walk through the Virgin River. We only did 2.5 miles to the fork and back as it was getting deeper and we didn’t want to get too wet!

It was amazing, walking through the canyon. It was a very popular route, lots of people were walking it but it was nice as we chatted to different people along the route. I’d seriously recommend it to anyone. I plan on going back sometime to do the whole 10 miles!

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Me stood in the Virgin River in Zion National Park.

Below are a few more photos from the trip:

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Santa Monica

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Joshua Tree

Las Vegas

Las Vegas

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon

Katherine at Monument Valley

Katherine at Monument Valley

Gooseneck

Gooseneck

Yosemite

Yosemite

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Driving through a fallen Red Wood at Sequoia

Driving through a fallen Red Wood at Sequoia

Route 66

Route 66

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“Escaping” on the open road

2 friends, 2 weeks, 4 states, 3000 miles and camper van named ‘Bugsy’.

So for two weeks in September my friend and I hired an Escape Campervan from L.A. and drove around a few places!

My home for two weeks was a Ford E150, painted Grey and covered with bugs and butterflies. Officially named ‘Darwin’ he was a great companion over the two weeks – although we didn’t like his name so renamed him ‘Bugsy’ or ‘The Bug Mobile’.

Darwin

Darwin

Our lovely Bugsy was pretty big as both of us were used to driving Ford Focuses rather than huge vans. Also a left hand drive and automatic! Fun times. Thankfully Katherine drove us out of L.A. and once we’re out on the highways is got easier!

Out of the 14 nights we were in America we slept in him for 10 nights. The back seat and table dropped down to form the bed and apart from the cushions separating occasionally i found him pretty comfortable.

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The bed in the back. Slept two of us easily enough. Probably could have slept a third if we squeezed.

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The back of the van. We had a mini fridge, cooker (missing), gas, sink and crockery. The sink could be filled by the water tank and we used it for washing up although could probably use it to drink but we always had bottled.

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Bugsy found a friend! Waking up at Yosemite we found another Escape Camper facing us.

If you’re ever thinking of your own road trip I’d recommend renting from Escape. They have loads of different vans designs and have three different sizes. Don’t think – go for it.

http://www.escapecampervans.com/

American 2014

So… two friends and me are going to road trip the National Parks in the West of the USA next year. We’ve found an awesome van rental company and we’re looking at a tent as well to sleep out under the stars – may even forget the tent and just take some tarp. Below is the route I’m looking at:

Starting in San Francisco, going down Route 1 –> Joshua Tree –> Grand Canyon –> Monument Valley –> Moab –> Arches –> Bryce –> Zion –> Yosemite –> San Francisco

There will be a couple of stop offs – Hot Springs, Lake Powell, few other places. There will be hiking, campfires, driving (lots and lots of driving), talking, photos (lots no doubt), new friends and awesome experiences.

I’ve been to a few of these places before but my friends haven’t. If anyone has any suggestions that feel free to comment. I’ve got a good seven months to plan but any suggestions are more than WELCOME 😀

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