An epic journey along Oregon’s pacific coast. A somehow inconsistent mix of georgeous, well protected seashores and crowded beach resorts with all (in)conveniences of the American way of life.
The Lower 48 – what the hell is that? Easy. It means the Lower Contiguous 48 States of the United States, usually in comparison to Alaska, which is separated from the first 48 states by Canada. Of course, Hawaii is not part of the game – who bothers for small islands. Ok? Our long journey…
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.