Another circle in Alaska: Denali Highway, an aerial view of the Kluane Icefield and the long way to British Columbia, Canada.
Alaska’s Riviera – rather not a sunbathing hotspot. Marine wildlife living in the icy sea of Kenai Fjords National Park and Prince William Sound west of Valdez and the glaciers near Kennicott.
Breaking news: on 18th June we reach the 49th State Brewing Company in Anchorage, Alaska. We have an Indian Pale Ale. Some consider this the only reason why we’ve travelled from Lesotho to here. Probably there are a few other arguments.
The journey thru the high North of Yukon Province. Cruise ship tourists infested Skagway, sleepy Haines, Yukon’s lost capital Whitehorse, the faded glory of Dawson City and back to Uncle Don’s Own Country: to Alaska.
Banff National Park – the most beautiful landscapes in the Rocky Mountains. Then on to the North of Canada. The long journey on the Alaska Highway to the tiny village of Watson Lake.
Spring, or early summer is slowly arriving. In the valleys trees get foliage; on the hills snow remains in many places. Temperatures around 25°C on a sunny day, 4° if it rains/snows. Our trip thru Montana to the Glacier National Park which is still closed to a large extent. Then on to Canada.
High, snow covered mountains dotted with old mining towns. The most visited national park in the US and the journey thru the Great Plains – a vast grassland – with unlimited horizons and some views.
Finally we’re out of the US. Drive down Mexico’s Baja California. A long stretch thru the desert, some interesting towns, many desperate villages and some beaches. The latter – maybe we’ve expected a bit more.
The east of Utah’s desert with its famous parks – Capitol Reef, Canyonlands and Arches. The west of Colorado with the Rocky Mountains. A change from early summer to late winter within an hour or 2. A mix of heat’n’dust and cold’n’snow.
It’s not the Sahara, nor the Gobi. But somehow after a few days we even get a kind of a desert feeling in the US: a dusty car, hot sun, cold nights, grinding of the teeth, hikes in the sand, … A visit to some of America’s most famous national parks.