Arches and Canyonlands National Parks | Utah

Arches National Park is one of the most popular parks in America and we were actually kind of dreading returning to it after our previous visit 9 years ago. We did all we could to beat the crowds though, waking up as the sun was rising and having breakfast in a car park before hiking….

Wild rapids and hiking adventures in Moab | Utah

Moab sits in one of the most idyllic locations in America with the Colorado River meandering through the landscape and carving deep canyons along its way. The extremely popular national parks of Arches and Canyonlands are in Moab’s backyard and they’re what draws the huge crowds to the area. But there’s so much more to…

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…

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…

Exploring the badlands of Kyrgyzstan

One thing we hadn’t expected to see in Central Asia was red rock deserts but we were treated to a beautiful display along the southern shores of Issyk Kul Lake. We’d seen the desert as we drove to the ethnic festival and decided we had to come back and explore more of the area so…

Exploring the Canadian Badlands

So we basically drove 200-300km from the Rocky Mountains, over the foothills and through the prairies to reach one particular place; Dinosaur Provincial Park. The park is tiny but home to the Canadian badlands and the largest collection of fossilised dinosaur bones on earth. Craig and I are big fans of desert scenery and albeit…

More tumble weeds than people in the Spanish Desert

As we drove along the bumpy dirt road and turned a bend we couldn’t believe the scenery that lay ahead of us; a desert that resembled Monument Valley, but we were thousands of miles from Arizona. We were actually driving through the badlands of Northern Spain. Bardenas Reales is an unpopulated area made up of…

Incredible rock formations and deep canyons in northern Spain

After some thought we have decided to head home for Christmas – our first with the family in 6 years. This has meant shortening our trip slightly, and we won’t see as much of Spain as we’d hoped, maybe we’ll come back in the future, it’s a huge country to explore. So what we will…

A slice of the American Midwest in Southern France

Europe’s largest canyon, Verdon Gorge slices through a limestone plateau for 25km. It’s deepest point is 700m and it’s narrowest at a mere 8m, it’s not quite the Grand Canyon, but it’s a good runner up. A scenic road leads around the canyon offering view points along the way. We passed the large Saint Croix…