Standin’on the corner in Winslow Arizona | Route 66

There was a little town on the map that caught my eye and resulted in a detour to reach it. The town was called Winslow and it sat along the historic Route 66 in Arizona. My surname is Winslow-Llewellyn (thanks to my parents being indecisive and giving me both their surnames and not thinking about…

The red rocks of Sedona to the giant Saguaro Cacti | Arizona

Sedona has become a really popular destination in Arizona and it’s set up for tourists with plenty of souvenir shops and Wild West style bars, but it’s the surroundings that draw people here. The town sits in a lush green valley surrounded by red rock formations. The buildings even match the scenery with adobe houses…

The not-so-grand Grand Canyon

I don’t know if it was the weather or us but we just weren’t impressed with the Grand Canyon on our first visit in 2010. We slept near the entrance of the park in the National Forest, listening to howling wolves or coyotes during the night and waking up to a fresh layer of snow….

Wild storms and glowing rocks at Monument Valley | Arizona

It was a bit out of our way to visit Monument Valley but we didn’t do the area justice 9 years ago as we were too budget conscious to pay the $20 entrance fee. So this time we headed back and storms followed us the whole way. You can get some views for free from…

Horseshoe bend, desert lakes and toadstools | Arizona

We woke up beside a huge red rock wall glowing in the morning sun – another day in paradise! We were exploring the area around Page, Arizona so we made a pit stop at Horseshoe Bend. It’s a very impressive bend in the Colorado river with big canyon walls wrapping around it. We visited the…

Finding hidden canyons in Utah and Arizona

I hate forks in roads as I always fear I’ll make the wrong decision, what if bad weather follows us on one route but it would of been sunshine if we went the other way? We had decided to revisit our favourite spots in Utah but I guess deep down it didn’t feel right because…

Hiking the jaw-dropping Angel’s Landing | Zion National Park

We visited Zion National Park back in winter 2010 and it was the first glimpse we got of desert scenery. As soon as we entered the park we realised we were desert people and instantly fell in love with the place. The scenery in Zion is pretty mind-blowing. There’s huge, sheer walls rising up to…

Exploring the Valley Of Fire State Park | Nevada

The Valley Of Fire is only a short drive from Vegas yet it feels like a complete world away. It took us two days to get there from Yosemite, cruising from the grassy lowlands to the dry desert dotted with Joshua trees and tumble weed. There wasn’t much to do on the route but we…

Hiking around Yosemite National Park

The drive from Lake Tahoe to Yosemite National Park ended up taking a lot longer than we’d expected. We left the snowy lake and descended down the valley until everywhere was lush and green. Then we veered onto a local road heading south. It was an extremely wiggly route with plenty of ups and downs…

Boating and hiking around Lake Tahoe | Nevada

The sun pierced through the gaps in our curtains, waking us early so we could hit the road towards California. Our only plan was to head south to Lake Tahoe and we ended up on some very lonely roads. One of which had a sign for a ghost town 4 miles up a dirt road…

From the mountains to the outback | Exploring central Oregon

We had a good start to Oregon with our first glimpse of one of North America’s mighty peaks – Mount Hood. A cloud was lightly wrapped around its surface but it gradually grew in size until the mountain vanished. We drove up another pass, received more snow and then headed down, we couldn’t hike in…