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Day   Location   Headline
12th San Francisco, CA First Steps on the Western Seaboard
13th San Francisco, CA Chilling Out Tour of San Francisco
14th San Francisco, CA Golden Gate Park and Coit Tower
15th San Francisco, CA A Bit of a Maritime Day
16th San Francisco, CA Golden Gate Park, Academy of Sciences, Japanese Tea Garden and the Pacific Ocean
17th San Francisco, CA A Wet Day in San Francisco, Burning Rubber and a Mad Woman
18th Seattle, WA Van Day Blues
19th Seattle, WA The Purchase, Storm, Breakdown, Taxi Driver and Waitress who Will Pray for my Safety
20th Seattle, WA Van Fix and Boeing Factory Tour
21st Seattle, WA Welcome to Seattle, the Land of Boeing, Starbucks, Microsoft and Amazon
22nd Seattle, WA Harbour Cruise and the Seattle Art Museum
23rd Vancouver, BC Vancouver: Chinatown and Gastown
24th Vancouver, BC Stanley Park and Yaletown
25th Vancouver, BC Chores Day and Granville Island
26th Vancouver, BC Rainy Day in Vancouver
27th Sunshine Coast, BC Sunshine Coast: Sechelt and Powell River
28th Pacific Rim N.P. Reserve, BC Bald Eagles, Orca Whales and Schooner Cove
29th Pacific Rim N.P. Reserve, BC Rain Forest, Shorepine Bog and Victoria
30th Victoria, BC Victoria - Forever a Part of England Far Away
31st Whistler, BC The Sea to Sky Highway to Squamish and Whistler


Day   Location   Headline
1st Kamloops, BC Hike to Nairn Falls, Long Trains and Kamloops
2nd Jasper, AB Jasper: Maligne Canyon and Lake, Medicine Lake
3rd Icefields Parway, AB Icefields Parkway: Mountains, Glaciers, Rivers, Lakes and Bears
4th Lake Louise, AB Lake Louise and the Climb to the Plain of Six Glaciers and Lake Agnes
5th Banff, AB Banff and the Cowboy Trail
6th Cowboy Trail, AB Leitch and Bellevue Mine Workings and Waterton National Park
7th Flathead Lake, MT Blackfeet Indian Reservation and Flathead Lake
8th Missoula, MT Testicle Festivals and National Bison Range
9th Big Hole National Battlefield, MT Of the Slaughter of Women, Children and Old Men
10th Butte, MT Butte, Mining Town of a Bygone Age and Time Capsules
11th Yellowstone Park, WY Yellowstone Park: Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Geyser Basin
12th Yellowstone Park, WY Yellowstone Park: Bison Drive to Canyon, Mud Volcano and West Thumb Geyser Basin
13th Yellowstone Park, WY Yellowstone Park: Artists Paintpots, Fountain Paintpot, Midway Geyser Basin and Old Faithful
14th Grand Tetons National Park, WY A 40 Mile Drive to the Bank and a Delightful Walk in the Tetons
15th Grand Tetons National Park, WY A Grisly Bear, a Wolf, Signal Mountain and Taggart and Bradley Lakes
16th Grand Tetons National Park, WY Moose by Phelps Lake Accompanied by Horrendous Storms
17th Grand Mesa, CO Long Haul to Colorado and the Grand Mesa, with Talk of Sheepdog Trials
18th Grand Mesa, CO A Glorious Day on the Grand Mesa, a Lush Land full of Lakes
19th Colorado National Monument, CO Spectacular Colorado National Monument, a Taster for the Grand Canyon
20th Arches National Park, UT From Man Made Sculptures in Grand Junction to Nature's Sculptures in Arches National Park
21st Arches National Park, UT More Marvels from Arches National Park
22nd Canyonlands National Park, UT The Wild, Rugged, Remote Landscape of Canyonlands, an Explore of Island in the Sky
23rd Canyonlands National Park, UT Fierce Heat Whilst Hiking Through the Needles
24th Dead Horse Point State Park, UT A Chill out in Moab, plus a Trip back in Time at Dead Horse Point
25th Mesa Verde National Park, CO Puebloan Cliff Dwellings Flourish then Fade Away, and I Can't Shake off the Motorcyclists
26th Mesa Verde National Park, CO Long House in Mesa Verde and Touristy Durango
27th Silverton, CO A Ride Back in Time on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railway to an Historic Mining Town
28th Hovenweep National Monument, CO Hovenweep National Monument, Goosenecks State Park, and Duststorm over Monument Valley
29th Monument Valley, AZ The Awe Inspiring and Truly Monumental Monument Valley
30th Canyon de Chelly, AZ Deep in the Canyon of Chelly Ancient Stories Pour out of Windowless Ruins


Day   Location   Headline
1st Canyon de Chelly, AZ A Closer Inspection of Some of the Interior of Canyon de Chelly with its Petroglyphs
2nd Glen Canyon, AZ Rugged Glen Canyon, Refreshing Lake Powell and Modern Town Page
3rd Glen Canyon, AZ An Absolutely Stunning Hike through the Spectacular Antelope Canyon followed by Canyon Swimming
4th Bryce Canyon, UT A Helluva Place to Lose a Cow Amongst the Legend People in Bryce Canyon
5th Bryce Canyon, UT A Delightful Hike along the Peekaboo Loop Trail among Silent Sentinels
6th Zion National Park, UT Pleasant Hikes in Lush Zion Canyon and an Ipswich Gathering
7th Zion National Park, UT An Exhilarating Climb up Angels Landing and a Novel Shower
8th Zion National Park, UT A Climb to Hidden Canyon and Meeting an Eminent Scientist
9th Grand Canyon North Rim, AZ Grand Views from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon plus a Nature Trail
10th Grand Canyon North Rim, AZ An Enjoyable Hike to Widforss Point and Some Old Time Fiddle Music
11th Grand Canyon South Rim, AZ Views of the Colorado from the South Rim and a Touch of History
12th Grand Canyon South Rim, AZ A Hike Along The South Rim, Alone in a Crowd, a Bit Like the Condors
13th Flagstaff, AZ Of Volcanic Lands and the Ancient Tribes who Used to Live on Them
14th Flagstaff, AZ Cliff Dwellers, Meteor Crater and Lowell Observatory Followed by Celtic Bands
15th Sedona, AZ Down Oak Creek Canyon to Sedona and Tuzigoot, with Jerome Sliding Down Cleopatra Hill
16th Camp Verde, AZ Victorian Prescott, Going Back in Time to Fort Verde and Even Further Back to Montezuma Castle
17th Camp Verde, AZ A Highland Festival and Getting My Kicks on Route 66
18th Hoover Dam, NV A Community Destroyed by a Flashflood and the Marvels of Hoover Dam
19th Las Vegas, NV Driving Through a Red Light Leads to a Chilled Out Day
20th Death Valley, CA Forward Into The Valley Of Death, With an Unearthly Beauty Attached To It
21st Mount Whitney, CA An Alpine Hike up to Lone Pine Lake: Cool, Lush, Gushing Water and Snow = Heaven
22nd Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, CA A Page of Recent American History and Walking in the Land of the Ancients
23rd Big Pine Lakes, CA Walking in the Land of Turquoise Lakes and Lush Pathways
24th Mammoth Lakes, CA The Devils Postpile Geologic Wonder, Falling Rainbows, and Stunning Mammoth Lakes
25th Bodie Ghost Town, CA Volcanic Craters by an Ancient Lake, and Ghosts in an Old Mining Town
26th Yosemite, CA My First Venture into Yosemite National Park, Aka Paradise
27th Yosemite, CA A Magical Walk Along the Ridges and High Peaks Above Yosemite Valley
28th Yosemite, CA A Chill Out Day Walking the Yosemite Valley Floor Learning Some of its History
29th Yosemite, CA A Hike in the Beautiful, Wild, Peaceful Hetch Hetchy Valley
30th Yosemite, CA Humbled by Imposing Giant Sequoias and a Stop-off in Gold Country Jamestown
31st Columbia, CA Visiting More Highway 49 Gold Towns and a Trip Down a Gold Mine


Day   Location   Headline
1st Grass Valley, CA A Walk in the Cradle of the Gold Rush and a Trip to One of the Largest and Busiest Mines in Grass Valley
2nd Bodega Bay, CA Out of the Sunny Warm Vineyards in Napa Valley and Onto the Cold Foggy Coast
3rd Pescadero Creek, CA On the Trail of "The Birds", Completing the Circle, and Camping under the Redwoods
4th Monterey, CA A Day Fixing the Brakes Followed by The 17 Mile Drive Around World Famous Golf Courses
5th Monterey, CA A Trip Down Cannery Row and a Browse Around Carmel's Art Galleries
6th Big Sur, CA Twisting My Way Down the Big Sur and Learning About the History of Hearst Castle
7th Santa Barbara, CA Running Out of Campsites only to Land in the Middle of a Santa Barbara Fiesta
8th Santa Barbara, CA Taking in the Santa Barbara Culture and Just Killing Time with a Bit of Salt
9th Malibu Creek State Park, CA Art Appreciation Before Walking the Glamorous Beaches in Santa Monica
10th Malibu Creek State Park, CA A Hike in the Agoura Hills to M*A*S*H Land and the Non-Existent Cabin, and a Meal with My Shadow
11th Malibu Creek State Park, CA Driving Blind and Discovering a Cold War Missile Control Centre
12th Los Angeles, CA From Sunset Strip, to Long Beach and Venice, then a Welcome Reunion with Dan
13th Los Angeles, CA The Wealth of Beverly Hills, Glamour of Hollywood, Space in Griffith Park, and Blues on a Cruise
14th San Digo, CA A Long Crawl to San Diego Only To Discover One of Life's Mysteries - American Football
15th San Digo, CA Old Town and New Town San Diego Plus the Maritime Museum
16th Tijuana, Mexico A Day Out in the City of Dentists, Poverty and Neglect - Tijuana
17th Las Vegas, NV A Trek Through the Mojave Desert, a Brilliant Show in Las Vegas and a Walk in a Parisian Suburb
18th Las Vegas, NV Flying Free as a Bird and Ending up in Venice
19th Las Vegas, NV A Chill Out Cruise on Lake Mead Followed by Riding with the Valkyries into the Grand Canyon
20th Bishop, CA Retracing My Steps and Giving Dan a Guided Tour Through Death Valley and the Eastern Sierras
21st Yosemite, CA Mono Lake, Tuolumne Meadows and Music in Mariposa Park
22nd Yosemite, CA A Whistle-stop Tour of Yosemite Valley on Dan's Birthday
23rd San Francisco, CA Golden Gate Bridge Minus the Mist, and a Stroll around Sausalito
24th San Francisco, CA A Night at the Baseball Game
25th San Francisco, CA A Walk over the Bridge and a Cruise Under It and Around Alcatraz
26th San Francisco, CA A Freezing City Tour with Tea in the Park, Followed by a Cable Car Ride
27th San Francisco, CA Dan Spends His Last Day in California Wine Tasting in Napa Valley
28th San Francisco, CA A Visit to Grace Cathedral, Coffee in Union Square, a Stroll in Yerba Buena Gardens, then a Flight Home
29th San Francisco, CA A Maritime Day on Hyde Street Pier
30th San Francisco, CA The Fascinating World of the Cable Cars and the Enchanting World of Chinatown
31st San Francisco, CA Escape to Alcatraz and a Cool Night at a Cool Blues Bar


Day   Location   Headline
1st San Francisco, CA A Stroll Back in Time to Bohemian Haight Ashbury, Too Late for the Summer of Love
2nd San Francisco, CA A Day of Culture with the Impressionists
3rd San Francisco, CA A Return Visit to Sausalito and an Excellent Evening's Entertainment from a Funky Blues-Jazz Band
4th San Francisco, CA A Walk through SoMa to Visit the SFMOMA, Yet More Art and Another Dose of Blues
5th San Francisco, CA A Walk Along Marina to the Bridge, Taking in Over a Thousand Years Worth of History
6th San Francisco, CA Mission's Murals, the Weirdest Haircut Ever and a Conversation with an Opera Singer
7th San Francisco, CA My Last Full Day in San Francisco, Covering Old Ground, via Cable Cars
8th San Francisco, CA My Last Morning Spent Down on the Wharves Savouring the Bay
9th San Francisco, CA Joyful Reunion With My Daughters and Grandson


Reflections on the 2010 Rockies Trip

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