Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In Our Backyard: Natural Wonders in the USA

When we were living in Germany I was always so excited to head to a new European city and explore. Steven, in contrast, seemed a bit jaded in regards to our frequent trips. These European cities that we Americans so often marvel at were just normal to him, nothing special. I always sort of scoffed at that idea, thinking something along the lines of are you crazy? Look how much awesome stuff there is around here!

Now we're back in the good old US of A and Steven's ready to get out and explore, but I'd never been all that interested in traveling through America. Sure, I'd like to see some cool places in the U.S. eventually but it's never been high on my priority list. The tables have totally turned: I'm the one feeling jaded and Steven's the one thinking that I am crazy.

Well, I can't begin to tell you how wonderful it is to see my country through his eyes. Suddenly I'm noticing things I would simply have overlooked before and passed off as normal. I live in a pretty cool place, and the U.S. is full to the brim of treasures worth exploring.

Here are some amazing natural wonders that Steven and I would really like to check off our list soon!





1. Antelope Canyon, Arizona

Honestly, this canyon seems like a photographer's dream come true. Looking at all of the pictures of this place around the internet, all I can think is how does something like this actually exist?




2. Hamilton Pool, Texas

How cool is this? This pool is naturally half-covered by a rock ceiling. From the photos I never would have guessed this was in Texas - I would have put it in Hawaii or somewhere in the Caribbean.

 



3. Crater Lake, Oregon

In the middle of this lake (the deepest lake in the US!) sits a partially sunken volcano. I'm sure this lake provides 365 degree views of pure awesome.




4. Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico

I have always wanted to explore a cave! I can find over 117 of them to explore at the Carlsbad Caverns. There are a variety of different tours you can take: self guided tours in the more easily accessible caverns all the way to guided cave exploration that involve crawling and climbing!


5. Yosemite National Park 

This is so close to me, and yet I've never been! Talk about natural wonders. I would love to spend a week here in the summer or late spring, spending days swimming in lakes, horseback riding, enjoying campfires and of course hiking the world famous half-dome. 

Have you seen many natural sights in the US? What are your favorites? Where do you really want to go?




18 comments:

ifs ands Butts said...

There are some caverns not too far from Hamilton Pool in Texas, too. TEXAS :)

Casey Martin said...

Crater Lake is gorgeous and in my backyard here in Oregon :)

Another great location to check out is the Oregon Coast, specifically Thor's Well.

Kati said...

The only one on this list I've been to is Crater Lake. It was stunning! It took my breath away. Have you ever been to Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California? It's pretty amazing too. It has all four kinds of volcanoes in the park. It's better to go to this park in the mid to late summer since the snow sometimes doesn't even melt until then.

michelle said...

i went to natural bridge caverns in san antonio. it was awesome! (really humid though, i walked in and my hair curled!) there are a lot of really cool places in texas!

Olivia Souders said...

I spend a week in Yosemite every summer (since birth!), and my parents actually lived in the park for a while. My Mom has actually written a book on the trails there, which is for sale in the Yosemite stores. So, if you ever go and would like some pointers on when to go, where to stay, what to do and what trails are REALLY like, let me know! Especially if you do Half Dome(which I highly recommend), I've done it 5 or 6 times and would love help make your hike great!

Treasure Tromp said...

I need to get to all of these places!

Jodene said...

Those do look like some incredible places to visit. Though Carlsbad cavern looks terrifying - like the jaws of some prehistoric shark! Hamilton pool looks amazing. I wonder if you could swim or kayak there and be able to duck under the rock ceiling? So neat!

Van Nguyen said...

You guys should go to Yellowstone to see the wildlife and the many geothermal activities there. And camp out in a tent.

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engquist said...

I always counted myself lucky that my parents had the initiative to take my brother and I on so many cross country trips. When I did move to Europe, I felt a lot of pride in my own country and still yearn to see some of the places I haven't experienced yet.

I HIGHLY suggest tagging the Oregon Coast along with a trip to Crater Lake. Stop in Tillamook for the best ice cream and cheese. Also, while not in the U.S., I suggest roadtripping through New England and meandering up to Prince Edward Island, Canada. It's been ages since I went but it's absolutely beautiful.

Karrie S said...

SO beautiful! I want to go to every where!!!I'm from Olive & Ivy's blog. I'm new and look forward to following you :)

Megan said...

Hamilton Pool is really cool. Just a warning though, when there's been a drought (like there has been for a few years), the water is too brackish to swim and there isn't a waterfall, which is disappointing. It's still really beautiful though, and worth a visit. There are also a few little trails around there worth checking out.

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Katherine Bentley said...

Oh my goodness, I am exactly like you when it comes to travel within the US. I used to think it was an absolute waste of my time, but my husband has proved me wrong! We've traveled quite a few different places in the US and quite a few have left me breathless. But then again, there's just nothing like being immersed in a different culture completely...

BUT I've been to Crater Lake and you definitely need to go! It is GORGEOUS!

Happy travels :)

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Amanda said...

we really do have such a beautiful country! Last year my husband and I went on a six month road trip and visited all 50 states!

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Sol said...

I have been lurking on this blog and your previous one for some time.

I am English, and have a few places I really want to see. Utah, the salt flats. Not that it is a natural place, but I would love to see Vegas. Niagara falls. Seattle. Amish buggies in Pennsylvania. Vermont in Autumn.

So many places. I think I would need a year or 2 and an RV. Just driving around.

The Little Flapper said...

Saving this post, because of the Hamilton Pool in Texas. Maybe I can visit it this summer :)

San said...

I've been to Antelope Canyon. It's absolutely breath-taking. Make sure you book the "photographer's tour"... the guide will give you lots of tips on how to shoot the best photos!

Yosemite is also one of my favorite National Parks.

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