Friday, 29 May 2015

MY TREK AMERICA EXPERIENCE | PART ONE


Anyone else seen and become extremely jealous of Lily Melrose's and the other Youtuber's trip with Trek America? Well, if not, you should be! Just under two years ago, Daley and I had saved all our pennies (and in my case, my Student Loan!) and spent it all on a once in a life time trip across the USA with Trek America. Completely worth spending half of a house deposit on this trip and would definitely do it all again in an instant!
Although the pictures and Instagram snaps took during the trip will probably say it all (and sorry in advance for this picture heavy post!), I thought I'd talk through briefly every few days of what we got up to and what I thought of my Trek America experience - and hopefully show why you should bite the bullet and book your own trip of a lifetime! In no way is this sponsored by Trek America, I just bloody loved my experience and wanted to share it! So, here we go...

Day 1 to 5: Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas and Zion NP













The first few days went like a flash. We went to some of the top places to visit in the USA including Las Vegas and LA, but I have to say I actually found my time in San Diego and Zion National Park a lot more fun! So, we started by meeting in outer LA, before doing a pit stop tour of Hollywood. It seemed a lot less glamourous than what you see on TV, and there were ALOT more crazy tourists than you could ever imagine, but it was still good to have a quick tour along The Walk of Fame and see the Hollywood Hills sign. I'm sure there are amazing places to visit in central LA but what I saw just didn't really excite me!
...But then we went to beautiful San Diego! The beaches, buildings and weather were just amazing! We had quite a chilled time here, and decided against going to Sea World, opting for time on the beach where I got very burnt but still utterly fell in love with the place and atmosphere. I will definitely take a trip back here one day!
Las Vegas was the next stop on our trip, and we were all very excited for this! We started with one of the best meals I had of the whole trip, before getting on the cocktails and then on to the PARTY BUS! We made a pit stop at the infamous Las Vegas sign and a street party on Vermont Street before heading in to a casino. Of course, every one spent a bit too much money here but I did manage to end of a small plus - although I could have won about $800 if I had listened to Daley and put a chip on 30. DAMMIT! The next day was pretty unbearably hot, but we took a walk all the way along the strip to see the World's best known casinos. With the heat, I was very grateful for the pool when we got back to the hotel.
Next morning we headed to Zion NP, which I'd never actually heard of but should be somewhere everyone who heads to western USA takes a trip to! We took a beautiful river walk up the narrows in the evening (I definitely didn't fall in, ahem!) and then had a very early morning rise with a hike towards Angels Landing! The views on the way were absolutely amazing, but my fear of heights stopped me going completely to the top but I sat happily with some wild chipmunks while the rest of the group made their way up the rest of the chains!

Day 6 to 10: Bryce Canyon NP, Lake Powell, Grand Canyon and Monument Valley

















We headed towards the mighty Canyons next, with the first stop being Bryce Canyon. The burnt orange colour of the rocks and the shapes made over the hundreds of thousands of years were just stunning! This place isn't as well known as the Grand Canyon, but definitely worth the trip here! We stopped next near Lake Powell, not really for looking around the area but for a party at a Cowboy Ranch - which was super fun, but I can't really comment on the place!
...But next came THE GRAND CANYON! We were blind folded before we knew where we were and slowly walked along a path before being told to take them off, and in front of us - one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World - The Grand Canyon! It almost didn't look real, just so so amazing. Breathtaking, even! I know that sounds cheesy but it really was probably the most beautiful view I had ever seen! We then took a trip further around the Canyon before ordering Pizza to watch the sun set over the far side of it! Again, another amazing sight to see! But the best was yet to come the next morning, with a hike down in to and then a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon!... Do I really need to say again how good the views were?
Our next journey took us to Monument Valley, made famous by various Hollywood films! We took a Navajo Guided Jeep Tour around the rock formations, stopping along the way to be told some amazing stories by the tribes people! It was really great to learn about the culture and their way of life, as well as being cooked by them in the middle of the valley. To finish off the day, we slept under the open stars, and then were up the next day super early to see a sun rise over the monuments, definitely worth the lack of sleep!

Day 11 to 16: Arches NP, Colorado Rockies, Mesa Verde NP, Santa Fe and Roswell










Heading away from Monument Valley we headed towards Moab, the nearest town to Arches National Park. Along the way, we stopped at the infamous road known from the film Forrest Gump, where we of course reenacted the scene! Once in Moab after a long drive, we headed out on a hike to the Delicate Arch to see the sun set behind to rocks. Other than our hike, we had quite a chilled time while we were here, which was quite a relief after the previous busy days. We did make one trip out while we were here to visit a classic styled American Diner which I really loved and of course had typically HUUUGE American portions!
Next we headed away from the heat towards the Colorado Rockies to a place called Telluride. It was really the prettiest, most quaint American town I could ever imagine visiting! The streets were like you would see in a movie, and were surrounded by beautiful snow topped mountains. If I were to move to America, this is definitely at the top of my list of places I'd like to live! BEAUTIFUL! We had another chilled day while we were here, with a little BBQ, time in the hot tub, and not much else!
Mesa Verde and Santa Fe were our next pit stops, firstly taking a quick trip to see dwellings that had been carved in to the cliff fronts. How they were built all them years ago baffles me! Then in to central Santa Fe, which felt a bit like an eastern European town - nothing too exciting, hence why I didn't take a single photo!
I was quite intrigued for our next stop, Roswell! The New Mexico city known for its links to aliens and UFOs. The place did seem to have an eeriness to it, but that could have just been because of the weird looks we got as we pulled up in our tin foil hats! We took a visit in to the International UFO Museum And Research Center, which other than the alien figures, had loads of detailed documents and news articles coating the walls about sightings and consequent cover ups by the government. Although I don't believe, the center did give me slight doubt in the matter aha!

So, that's the first half of my trip done, I hope you've enjoyed it so far - look out for the second half of the post coming in the next couple of days! But in the mean time, take a visit over on to the Trek America website to look through all the amazing trips they have to offer! What do you think would be your favourite place to visit from the trek so far? Let me know in the comments!

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6 comments:

  1. This looks absolutely beautiful and it sounds like you had an amazing time! I'm definitely going to have a look at their other trips!

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    1. I can't recommend it highly enough! best thing I've ever done!

      Rose and Weston x

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    1. thank you! think it was more the amazing places and scenery than good photography skill haha

      Rose and Weston x

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  3. Such incredible and absolutely amazing photos! <3
    xx Ama

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