Thursday, 9th of August 2012 at 07:34:46 PM

my Yellowstone 2012 foto selection finally online

Finally I finished. I have worked several evenings on reducing the quantity of over 2000 shots to a reasonable selection for online presentation. I ended up with my 100 best selection and now it is Online under the below fotolink. Like always it is a real pain to go through all fotos again and again. On the other hand its also beautiful and sweet to revive this wonderful but exhausting 19 days trip.

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Sunday, 1st of July 2012 at 03:07:09 PM

my 2012 US rental car statistics

car #1: Chevrolet Equinox LT 2012

start mileage: 8960

5 days-1588 miles driven

pros: good infotainment

cons: didnt like the look and cruise feel

car #2: Jeep Grand Cherokke 2012

start mileage: 19528

10 days rent -1341 miles driven

pros: Coolest cruising-adequate off road capability-nice 3.6l/V6 engine

cons: very basic infotainemnt equipment

car #3: Ford Edge 2012

start mileage: 4971

2 days rent – 178 miles driven

pros: looks nice-best infotainment-great the Bluetooth Audio streaming could hear my iPhone music wireless

cons: weak engine 2.0l

 

My choice if I could select betweenn those three:

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2012

on the Cotton Wood Canyon Road

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Tuesday, 19th of June 2012 at 10:36:51 AM

Y.S.N.P. 2012 day 17+18: Las Vegas

The last two days of my 2012 trip to USA I wanted to relax in Las Vegas, doing some shopping, go to the pool and having some good diner. Monday evening I also drove to the Valley of Fire to shot the Fire Wave. Unfortunately I came too late and arrived after sunset. Still did a foto of the firewave at dusk.

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Tuesday, 19th of June 2012 at 10:22:23 AM

Y.S.N.P 2012 day 15+16: San Francisco

My friends Maurice and Alex from Munich lived and worked since two years in San Francisco.

I finally wanted to visit them on this US trip. I arrived 9.20 am with a morning flight from Las Vegas at the SFO airport where Maurice and Alex picked me up and we drove directly to Bernal Heights for a first amazing city view and afterwards we had breakfast in a¬†diner in the Mission district. Saturday became a wonderful hot June sunday. We walked around in the Mission district and Alex and Maurice showed me the mural paintings which are typical for this district. I really liked those and made many fotos. Afterwards we drove to the Castro district where they showed me where they had lived for some month. Herefter we went to Lands end viewpoint and visited the old sutro bath ruins. Then we drove to a Polish butcher to buy breakfast suasages ūüôā (really). Afterwards we drove to a Fort Point, an excellent vievpoint¬†for the Golden Gate Bridge. Finally we drove over the Golden Gate¬†Bridge to the Muir Beach Overlook¬†with amazing vistas on the californian coastline. We had a hot lovely June saturday, according Alex and Maurice¬† one of the first really hot ones this year. We all got sunburned. The next stop before driving back over the golden Gate bridge was the Marin Headlands viewpoint to the Golden Gate bridge. It was the viewpoint I liked the most of all because it centered the whole Golden Gate in front of the City skyline. After crossing Golden Gate bridge we stopped immediately for another amazing view onto the Golden Gate bridge. Then we drove to downtown to Chinatown. After walking some sidestreets and visiting a fortune cookie factory we went for diner in the House of Nanking. Sunday after breakfast we watched the Germany-Danmark Euro soccer match.¬†In the afternoon I took the ferry to San Francisco downtown and walked around in Embacadero-Ferry Building-Maarket Street-Union Square-F-Line to Fishermans Warf and finally took the Bart to SFO Airport to fly back to Las Vegas.

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Sunday, 17th of June 2012 at 07:26:36 AM

Y.S.N.P 2012 day 14: Left Fork of the North Creek Canyon Hike

This was the last day of my foto roadtrip 2012. I wanted to close it with a classic hike which physically challenges me and which was on the way back to Las Vegas. The Hike of the “Left Fork of the North Creek” Canyon in the Zion Kolob Reservoir

is known to be a strenous hike due to its character of a obstackle course hike with need to permanently cross the creek, climb over rocks and hills and cascades. Roundtrip it was only 10 miles /15 km length but had a steep descend at  the trailhead and climb on the way back. I had done this hike before and thus knew what to expect. It is in located in the Zion wildernis area and requires a permit which I had picked the day before at the Zion Visitor Center. Thus I could start the hike early being at 6.45 am at the trailhead. At the trail end this hike offers a tube like grotto where pod holes filled with blue shimmering water and several cascades  offer foto oportunities. The hike in the early morning was very enjoyable. The June air was still cool. I saw around 15 frogs on the way crossing my path. I arrived at 10.30 am having spent some 45 minutes with fotographing a Crack filled with water passing at high speed in it and several cascades. But the sun was yet not up so the fotos were not nice. At the trailhead on the other side the sun light had already entered the grotto and thus there too no good fotos could be made. I stayed for around 90 minutes and then returned in the hot June sun in a lovely but exhausting hike. Working through the bushes I scrathed arms, legs and my head. Some bittersweet short-dated souvenirs from my trip. I was back at the car park at 3.30 pm from where I drove back to Las Vegas checking in to my Hotel at 7 pm.

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