Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Desert Road Trip Thanksgiving Week 2009

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The desert has its many interesting features, showing a deep beauty that has survived the harshest tests of time. However, aside from the inspiring beauty of the desert, it is the extreme peacefulness and serenity that invites us to explore it whenever we get the chance. Though we had thousands of pictures, but I decided to post 2 pictures a day from our trip.

Day 1 @ Death Valley National Park, CA
Badlands Creatively Carved by Nature, Zabriskie Point
Little Boy Enjoying His ATV, Dumont Dunes
( this is not part of Death Valley National Park, we just saw this recreational park on our way to Death Valley )

Day 2 @ Death Valley National Park, CA
Mesquite Sand Dunes, Early Morning
Dante's View
Day 3 @ Zion National Park and Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah
Hiking @ Hidden Canyon, Zion National Park
Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park, Utah
(the desert is more than just sands and cactus, this picture shows the immense pine forest next to the sand dunes)
Day 4 @ North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and Page, Arizona
Tourists Sitting on the Cliff Enjoying the View of Grand Canyon 
Glen Canyon Dam, Page, Arizona
Day 5 @ Page, AZ and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah
Horseshoe Bend, Page, Arizona
@ Toadstool Trail, Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Utah


Day 6 @ Mojave National Preserve, California
Kelso Dunes from a Distance and Joshua Tree
Kids Enjoying the Booming Sound of Kelso Dunes as they slide down
( this is a 600+ ft tall sand dune, and after sliding down, the only way up is to climb one step up and gravity slides you 1/2 step down)


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34 comments:

  1. If I was there, I must be a little kid by then.

    As happy as a little kid.

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  2. I see so many different types of landscape here. I never expect to see such a variety in a desert. I'm glad you are bringing these pictures to us all. It gives me a new perspective on the desert.

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  3. Beautiful series of fantastic shots !! Great work done !! Thanks for sharing..Unseen Rajasthan

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  4. desert lover, you are Betchai :) love all your photos of the desert especially the last one *winks* ;)

    welcome back to you too my dear Kimchai :) mwah!

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  5. I am so glad you had a good time, and came back with stunning pictures to share with all of us.

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  6. Amazing images, betchai! They are all so beautiful and like you said have a serenity feel to them.

    Hope your Thanksgiving was great!

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  7. Betchai, your pictures are beautiful! It must have been hard to decided which ones to use. My favorties are the Badlands, Mesquite Sand and Coral Pink Sand Dunes.

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  8. you bring back great memories with your photos. The desert always has its own very special beauty/

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  9. Such magnificent photos - it is amazing how varied and beautiful our planet is in all its variety. Thank you for posting such incredible shots to remind us of how much for which we have to be thankful!

    You are a lovely human being!

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  10. i am so glad we r blogger frens otherwise i would have missed these few posts. awesome. thank u so much

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  11. I would love to slide on that sand dunes betchai :) You trip surely was an eye opener

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  12. Hi Betsai, your photos are so inviting, what a great experience of nature!
    We have been planning for a while, hopefully, before the year ends!

    Your shots are so crisp and vivid, just like seeing the place in person!

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  13. Beth, such wonderful photos. Arizona is such a beautiful place, and I agree with you, very serene! The part where you said, "though we have a thousand photos..." I can relate...hahaha! We do too! Even as I enjoy the digital world VS the film, one setback is that we just click away and before we know it...there's a hundred...then a thousand! Teehee. I love each one of your photos -amazing capture!

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  14. I have never been to the desert in the U.S. Your photos are beautiful.

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  15. Great Capture...
    An array of different landscape with their uniqueness...Simply great place to shot no doubt :)

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  16. Thnaks for sharing your images. I really love the lines in the orange sand. It looks like that 600ft sand dune is a gureling climb to the top

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  17. The long stone looks like something else. Hahah

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  18. Hi Beth, sorry i'm late. Been hibernating lately, the gloomy weather here makes me lazy to bloghop.

    Anyway, seeing you here feels like meeting a long lost friend always. Thank you for the magnificent photos you've shared. It's like i've gone hiking with you. ;)

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  19. I wanna ride on that ATV too. :p Must be very exciting to be able to ride on such a place huh. :p

    The horseshoe beng is simply stunning. :)

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  20. God is indeed the grand artist of all time. Amazing. Keep it coming. I know you have tons of these. wink*

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  21. Ah, the desert so lifeless and desolate yet it has never looked so gorgeous. Stunning betchai.

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  22. Hi Betchai! Not so busy like before anymore?

    Idon't think I will like the sand too much coz I sometimes get irritated by it but that sure looks fun, that climb and sliding down!

    happy wednesday to you!

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  23. Exquisite! I have never been to the desert but this makes me want to go! Beautiful pics as usual!

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  24. Amazing photos, Betchai. I should make a trip to most of these places soon as I have to drive past them to get to my Mom's in Utah anyway!

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  25. Wow. Just wow! Those pictures are simply breath taking!! I have to go!

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  26. I thought the desert is just plain sand like I see in the movies.I never thought you could see magnificent views like these too.No wonder why you love the desert.

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  27. Horseshoe Bend and Toadstool Trail are my favorites. You frame your pictures SO well!

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  28. The toadstool trail looked like the fairy chimneys in Cappadocia, Turkey.

    Deserts are beautiful places.

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  29. Beautiful desert landscapes! Love all the photos here!

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  30. Your photos are simply stunning! Beautiful desert scenes..

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  31. Cool, you're really good at capturing the trips and scenes.

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THANK YOU SO MUCH!!