Welcome - to Jan and Kaja's travel blog about our trip to the Western United States in May - June 2012. This is our first visit to the United States and we have spent the last few month planning and preparing for our dream trip, which will take us to the following states - California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada - a distance of approx. 3500 km.
Monday 21. May 2012
Tuesday 22. May 2012
Wednesday 23. May 2012
Thursday 24th May 2012
|Friday 25. May 2012
Started the day with a visit to Mission San Carlos Borromeo, Carmel - which should be one of the most beautiful in California.
Then we continued south, bound for Santa Barbara - on the way there were plenty of photo opportunities - which was used to the fullest. So the travel time, which was calculated at approx. 4 hours, ended up being the double, so we shortened the trip and ended up staying overnight at the Motel 6 in Buellton - just outside the "Danish village" Solvang.
About the trip we can only say - it was stunningly beautiful.
Saturday 26th May 2012
Sunday 27th May 2012
|Monday 28th May 2012
A relaxed day where we visited some of our many friends in Hollywood, such as Jack Nicholson, Brad Pitt, Angelina and Simon Cowell.
On a walk down Hollywood Boulevard we met indeed an old friend Marilyn Monroe, who insisted that I took a photo of her and Kaja together. The person at the center of the picture presented himself as "Scarface" and was probably Marilyns new date.
Later Kaja swung my credit card on Rodeo Drive - more and more I rely on the big win in Las Vegas :-(
|Tuesday 29th May 2012
A quiet day where we said goodbye to Hollywood and hello to San Diego and new different experiences.
Along the way we stopped to enjoy the lovely weather and beautiful beaches along the coast.
In the evening we tried to get a nice picture of a sunset over the Pacific, but unfortunately it became cloudy as darkness came on, but it was beautiful anyway.
Wednesday 30th May 2012
|Thursday 31 May 2012
The day featured a drive from San Diego to Yuma, Arizona - a distance of approx. 275 km. Not a particularly great distance in kilometers, but in temperature a world of difference. From comfortable 24-26 degrees to creepy 44 degrees - kind of radical change, which will probably take us some time to get used to. Reminds me of the time I was serving in Iraq.
The landscape has also changed dramatically from green and lush to barren stretches of stony plains, yet beautiful in its own way.
It will be a hot night as we turned off our noisy air conditioning, interesting how much sleep we will get.
|Friday 1st June 2012
Still, it was not so bad with the heat in our room - even with the air conditioning turned off - as the temperature decreased to more tolerable levels during the night. From Yuma we set course for Sedona - a journey which didn't offer many scenic views - and, to my wifes big surprise, for the first time in our vacation, we did not stop on the way to take photos.
When we arrived though the camera worked overtime - what beautiful red mountains there were. For no reason it is called "Red Rock Country".
|Saturday 2. June 2012
Today's big experience was a visit to the Grand Canyon - one of the highlights of our vacation. Unfortunately the visibility was not quite optimal, so the pictures will not provide full justice to the beautiful scenery.
The sunset is something special, as the rocks changes color to a nice red tint.
Sunday 3. June 2012
We started the day once again enjoying the magnificent views of the Grand Canyon. Tried in vain to get the "perfect" image in the box, but no picture can do justice to the beautiful scenery - you have to go there yourself and see it with your own eyes.
In the afternoon we once again witnessed one of the nature's wonders, when we visited the Monument Valley in Utah. A beautiful sight fully comparable with the Grand Canyon - I think the picture speaks for itself.
Monday 4. June 2012
Antelope Canyon was the day's goal and it fully lived up to our expectations of seeing something beautiful and different. Antelope Canyon is located in Navajo country and is by the natives called "The place where the water runs through rocks."
The monsoon season sometimes creates flooding and then the water rushes in to the narrow passageways and over time created this wonderful piece of nature.
For $ 80 I had signed up for a special Photographers Tour, which gave more time and opportunities to take pictures and it was definitely worth the money.
Don't forget that more pictures are available - click here
Tuesday 5th June 2012
Wednesday 6. June
|Thursday 7. June
We spent the day and evening to explore and experience Las Vegas Boulevard known as "The Strip". Briefly, "The Strip" is a giant amusement park, but a completely different one of the kind.
Every night there are miscellaneous free shows in front of many of the casinos in order to trick people inside. In front of the Bellagio casino is a huge fountain that is choreographed so that it fits with the music played on - eg. "Time to say goodbye".
Casino Treasure Island (Treasure Island) performs a show with dancing girls who pretends to be Sirens, trying to lure sailors with their enchanting music and voices to shipwreck on the rocky coast of their island.
They also tried to tempt me, but whether they succeeded or not is an open question 😉
Friday 8th June 2012
Another day in Las Vegas - an interesting city with many different and funny kinds of people - which you can spent a lot of time observing.
Kaja had been looking for Elvis when she had heard that he was in town and finally she found him - even 3 of a kind at the same time.
Mickey Mouse also found his way to Las Vegas, but it seems like he had been looking too deep into the bottle.
Saturday 9. June 2012
Today's absolute highlight was the concert with Celine Dion at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace - and she fulfilled our expectations and gave a terrific performance.
Afterwards Celine sent us a personal mail and thanked us for coming to the concert - she send her best wishes to all of you.
A nice finish on a holiday which is close to end - unfortunately.
Tomorrow we drive the approx. 400 km back to Los Angeles.
Sunday 10. June 2012
After a long and tedious journey, we now arrived in Los Angeles and has again checked into our hotel on Sunset Boulevard. We also refueled our car for the last time today, at a cost of approx. € 0,79 per liter - an affordable and reasonable price. We've completed around 4.300 km in almost 21 days - it perhaps sounds like a lot, but it has only been short distances of 200 - 300 km per day and a few stretches of approx. 400 km.
Quite surprisingly, it is very limited what we've seen to my colleagues on the way - nevertheless we found a couple of them on Hollywood Boulevard. A nice dress code, and perhaps something we should consider introducing to some of our female colleagues.
Monday 11. june 2012
Time to go back home - It has been 21 amazing days with a lot of experiences that will take some time to digest.
Our plane is leaving 19.50 local time and we expect to arrive in Denmark Tuesday at 21.15 hrs. - it will for sure be a long journey.