Last year I took a west trip in Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California where I did much exploring and hiking. First time I had experienced the “west” of the United States as we see it. A lot different from the North West of America like Oregon and Washington where there were tons of tall trees to this land of rock, dust and short sage brush.
Zion National Park is one of five National Parks in Utah and probably is the one that is most visited. It was extremely packed at that time of year, June, and it was hard to enjoy the nature and scenery in the late afternoon. The traffic congestion was awful, I sat in traffic for 1 hour to go 3 miles to the visitor center. There were many hikes I had in mind to do but there were queues for the trail. I never heard of something like that. The scenery was awesome though and I am glad that I made the stop here. I wanted to hike up the narrows as well but the water level and amount was to much for people to go up the Virgin River.
Images taken with an X-Pro2, The Virgin River below looking up the “trail” into the Narrows and the bottom is the Virgin River flowing through Zion Canyon with The Watchman standing in the back.
I’m really glad my girlfriend mentioned the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in the Central part of Oregon. It was a different land coming from Portland and the mountains. Dry but still wonderful. This is really the first dry place I visited in my life. The heat wasn’t to bad as it was not really humid which I’m use to experiencing in Virginia during the Summer. There were a lot of interesting formations and the Painted Hills were really interesting. There was hardly anyone out there, we had the place to ourselves most of the time.
Olympic National Park is a large park a a lot of it can not be visited at all unless you get out of your car and hike in. I wish I had the time but I was on the road to see a lot. This is from a popular area Hurricane Ridge that is accessible from Port Angeles Oregon. Lovely area but can get busy later in the day.
Taken with a Fujifilm X-Pro2 and Rokinon 12mm lens
Wizard Island is the only island in Crater Lake and it is a cinder cone of the volcano that once stood there. The water is so blue there and you can see snow on the north sides and areas that are cast in long shadows throughout the day. Hope you can go some time I only wish it wasn’t as crowded when I did.