Returning to the jaw dropping Sawtooths | Idaho

As much as we always want to explore new places, we also love returning to our favourite spots and Idaho is one of them. It was a hell of a long, lonely drive heading west from Wyoming, through Montana and then finally into the Famous Potato State. We passed ranches with cowboys corralling their cattle…

Grand Teton National Park | Wyoming

Mountain ranges surrounded us on all sides as we made our way north to Grand Teton National Park. It’s the perfect park for us as it has incredible hikes, plenty of wildlife and free camping in the adjacent national forest so we never feel the need to rush. We arrived in the late afternoon so…

Exploring some of Colorado’s finest lakes

After driving through a snow blizzard our road descended into a wide valley and the sky cleared to reveal one of Colorado’s greatest views of the ‘fourteeners’. It’s the highest concentration of mountains over fourteen thousand feet in the lower 48 and made quite the spectacular backdrop to the small town of Buena Vista. Further…

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 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…

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…