Sometimes you feel like home on the other side of the world.
This is the story of our big journey on the road around California-Utah-Nevada-Arizona.
16 days, more than 2000 miles on the road. Only Gianni and me.
All the photos were taken with Nikon DF and Nikon F75 film camera with Fuji PRO400H, developed and scanned at Carmencita Film Lab.
Days 1-3: Pacific Coast Highway / Santa Barbara / Big Sur
From LA to San Francisco across the Pacific Coast Highway. Miles and miles between ocean, mountains and forests.
Absolutely my favorite part of the trip.
Days 4-5: – San Francisco / Yosemite National Park
We stayed in San Francisco for 2 days and then we moved to Yosemite Park, where we arrived early in the morning. We walked in the park surrounded by snow and foxes. We admired the beautiful waterfalls from the valley, walking around the rocks.
Days 6-7: Visalia / Death Valley / Las Vegas
From Visalia we moved to Las Vegas trough the Death Valley in the Nevada desert.
More than 5 hours driving in the desert and the only human presences that we have meet were in the city of Inyokern, 100 miles far from everywhere.
Days 8-10: Las Vegas / Zion National Park / Bryce Canyon
We stayed in Vegas for 2 days then we moved to Zion National Park.
We understand that we prefer to travel outside the city and lost ourselves in the big panoramas made of desert and mountains.
We slept at Bryce Canyon in a typical western hotel called Ruby’s Inn. Snow falls during all night there.
Days 11: Bryce Canyon / Grand Canyon
We visited the Bryce Canyon but in the first hours an heavy fog hid the orange hoodoos and rocks.
Suddenly in few minutes a cold wind has blown away all the clouds and the beautiful rocks amphitheater appeared in front of us.
We left Bryce at afternoon an moved to Grand Canyon, Arizona.
Days 12-13: Grand Canyon / Red Rocks Park / Sedona
We went to Grand Canyon Early in the morning but it was a foggy day and the paths were covered by snow. So we simply admired the panorama from the vista points.
We promised to ourselves to come back here in the right season and explore the South Rim in more days.
Then we moved to Sedona, a beautiful little city in the middle of the Red Rocks Park. Sedona is the New Age culture capital and there are a lot of strange people around there. Amazing place to see!
Then we reached Phoenix where we stayed for the night.
Days 15-16 – Phoenix / Arizona Desert / LA
We moved from Phoenix to Los Angeles through the Arizona desert. We spent all the Christmas’ Eve driving and we arrived in LA at night.
We spent the last 2 days in LA, visiting the city that was empty because of Christmas.
I can’t explain how much this journey has meaning for us.
It was an amazing experience and we have decided to go back.
We hope to do it soon.