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West Coast Road Trip

 

I went on a road trip with my family in June and visited a few of west coast’s natural landmarks. As someone who loves watching earth science videos (i’m a nerd), I found this trip very rewarding. It was exciting to see each state’s different geological features in person, and made me really appreciate mother nature.

Our first destination was Yosemite National Park.

  Clouds Rest Mountain from Olmstead Point

Clouds Rest Mountain from Olmstead Point

  Yosemite Valley, CA

Yosemite Valley, CA

  Tenaya Lake

Tenaya Lake

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  Yosemite Falls

Yosemite Falls

  Woman Kissing A Tree, 2018, oil on canvas

Woman Kissing A Tree, 2018, oil on canvas

After staying in Yosemite, we drove through Inyo National Forest and the state of Nevada to reach Arizona.

  CA 168   through the Inyo National Forest

CA 168 through the Inyo National Forest

  US 95 around Amargosa Valley, NV

US 95 around Amargosa Valley, NV

  Hoover Dam, NV & AZ border

Hoover Dam, NV & AZ border

  Lake Mead, NV

Lake Mead, NV

I love how you'll know you're in Arizona once the landscape completely changes. 

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  the view from our hotel in Page, AZ

the view from our hotel in Page, AZ

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  one of the many Navajo craft & jewelry stores found in Cameron, AZ

one of the many Navajo craft & jewelry stores found in Cameron, AZ

  The Grand Canyon, AZ

The Grand Canyon, AZ

Once we arrived at the Grand Canyon, I instantly forgot about my fear of heights. Acrophobia? Don’t know her. It was so beautiful! I was excited while I was there too; thinking about how this landmark carries billions of the Earth’s history. They even had a geology museum at an overlook, and the gift shop owner even gave me a brochure about its geological history since I looked very interested.

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We visited Horseshoe Bend before leaving Arizona. The view was totally worth the tough half a mile hike under the hot sun. There were absolutely no barriers at the edge, so you can only go as far as you can before it gets dangerous. Again: fear of heights? Never met her.

Also: see those white specs on the right side of the river? Those are boats!

  Horseshoe Bend, AZ

Horseshoe Bend, AZ

  around St. George, UT

around St. George, UT

As an added bonus, we drove through parts of Utah on our ride home. In fact, our GPS unexpectedly took us through Zion National Park. It was this unplanned visit that turned out to be my favorite destination.

  Zion National Park, UT

Zion National Park, UT

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And with that, our nature road trip was over. I really enjoyed them all! I’m hoping to come back in the future, and visit even more natural parks & forests within the west coast. Thanks for viewing.

 
Donna Micaella Lomboy