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Yosemite National Park

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Like a picture book: Dana Fork at above 8200 ft. (2500m).

Yesterday we had an impressive trip through the desertlands of Death Valley and today we are ready to enter Yosemite National Park – a region like a picture book. We enter the park from the east like two years ago. The road is called Tioga Pass and is one of the most beautiful drives I know. That mountain pass in the Sierra Nevada is at an elevation of 9,943 ft. / 3,031 m.

We follow the route and although we already made that trip two years ago we stop at a lot of points to enjoy the astonishing views or to have a small hike into the breathtaking scenery.

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View over Toulumne Meadows at a small hike near Olmsted Point

Page, Arizona and Lake Powell

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Dark clouds above Glen Canyon Dam, Arizona.

Heavy rain accompanies us, when we drive from Monument Valley to Page, Arizona. The sky is dark and the wipers work hard. Our first stop is at Walmart in Page but we can’t cross the parking lot because a huge torrent divides it into two pieces. The loads of water coming down from heaven are very impressive. Later on we find out that the flood washed away some roads around Page. What a contrast: loads of water within the desert.

Canyonlands National Park and Monument Valley

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We leave behind Arches National Park and have a short visit at Canyonlands National Park. The drive takes only about an hour from Moab, UT and the landscape completely changes. Our campground is much higher and the temperature at night is pleasantly cool in comparison to our last stay.

We explore the park by driving the scenic view. And plan to go on a hike on the next day before we have to leave heading to Monument Valley.

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One of the most impressing spots is Buck Canyon Overlook. The next photos are from here. A perfect place to rest and take a look into the width of the nature. I remember a very relaxing stay here.

Zion National Park

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So our journey continues after the short stop at Las Vegas. From there we are heading north east towards Zion National Park in Utah. The first stop after the desert of Nevada is Hurricane, UT. At a big supermarket we find everything we need for the next days and weeks. After an hour or two our vehicle is loaded with enough proviant, fire wood and stuff so that we are ready to leave civilization again. The climate here is still hot but much more comfortable than in Vegas.