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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

Grand Canyon North Rim

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Caution Bison in Road, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

We say goodbye to Page, Arizona and come back to a place we already visited two years ago. At that time we visited the South Rim which is the most popular part of this National Park. This time we want a little less crowded stay. North Rim is at an elevation of 8255 ft. – a couple of feet higher than the South Rim, so it gets really cold at night and there are less places to stay.

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.

Arches National Park

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Landscape Arch, Arches National Park, Utah.

We leave Fruita Campground in Capitol Reef National Park after breakfast and continue our trip going to the northwest. It gets hotter and hotter and we pass beautiful spots which remind of old Western movies.

Los Angeles

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Los Angeles, seen from the Mullholland Drive

This is the first part of my approach to write about our vacation we had in 2015. Since we came back from our first journey to the U.S. in 2013 it was clear that we will come back soon, because we felt in love with this country, its people and the nature.

Our family in Los Angeles gives us a warm, heartily welcome when we arrive from Germany. So this is a magnificent start of the vacation. On the next day we have good luck at the car rental, because we booked a car at the lowest rate and “unfortunately” they only have got a Ford Mustang for us. What a pity! :-D

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Pony class – Mustang