All American National parks are amazing. This is why I love to roadtrip in the U.S. I have traveled many nature places in Japan but nature in America is way bigger scale.
Of course I like Japanese nature such as natural hot springs in Kyushu, beautiful beach in Okinawa and bamboo forest in Kyoto. But there are not many parks in Japan where we can see wild life animals or wide landscape.
Joshua tree National park is one of the parks that has wide landscape and very wired rocks.
Joshua tree National park is great park to have a relaxing time with your family. I love to spend slow time in this park. Quiet atmosphere gave me very calm down experience at night. I also recommend short hike in Joshua tree. You will find very wired shape rocks.
This delicate arch is an icon of Utah. Arches National park is a bit far from other parks such as Zion, Bryce canyon, Monument valley and etc. But it is worth going there.
Moab is the nearest city from Arches and there is many activity service and restaurant. You might get many great informations for your lest of travel in Moab.
Don’t forget your hiking boots when you go to Arches. You will walk at least 1 hour to see delicate arch. Sneakers will be fine but not flip flops. Oh also you should bring your hat. There is not many sun shade area on the way to get delicate arch.
We had a very long summer in San francisco 2016. Finally winter came to our city since couple weeks ago. We have only 5 more weeks this year. This short trip might be the last in 2016.
We went to Big Sur in California. It takes 3 to 4 hours from San francisco by a car. You can see beautiful land’s end view and wild nature around Big Sur. People love to go to Black Friday Sale after Thanksgiving day. We knew there is heavy traffic early morning on freeway. So we left my house afternoon. We had a lunch and gas stops on the way to get there so we made Big Sur right around sunset. It was very beautiful red sunset.
We started looking for camp sites after sunset. We checked couple National forest camp sites but there were all FULL!? Some of camp sites were even CLOSED. We decided to stop at private lodge for getting some local information.
At the front of lodge,
F: How can I help you?
I: We are planning to camp in this area but all camp sites were full, also many camp sites were even closed. Do you know why?
F: Yes, it’s because if huge fire.
F: We had huge fire last months therefore many place of National forests got damaged.
We don’t have a TV in my house so we only check news on laptop. There was no way I could get this information. Anyway, we have to find a place that we can camp tonight. We started to search private camp grounds and call and ask them if they have any available. Then my wife found one in mountain side. They only had 2 or 3 more available. We were very lucky. It was 8:30pm.
Outside was very dark when we got camp site. My wife started cooking dinner and I started open tent immediately. My wife’s outdoor cooking skill is miracle. She made Korean style bibimbap in 45 min. We love Japanese and Asian food so she always cook rice even outdoor.
We spend couple minutes in front of fire after dinner. Talking about 2017 summer vacation Alaska road trip plan. Our quiet Thanksgiving night finished in California nature.
I believe we were driving on I-15 in Montana heading to south. Double rainbow showed up in front of us after rain. We park our pickup truck and enjoy rainbow. It was the biggest rainbow I’ve ever seen.
One of the most beautiful mountain in west coast. This was 2nd time to visit Mt.Rainer for us. We had a back ground camping at 1st time visiting in 2012 and we had a very scary experience. It was super cold and many animal visitors came to our tent all through the night. We couldn’t sleep very well. So we only stayed 2 hours in Mt.Rainier this time.