Christian Kemp's USA travelogs

Trip 2 - Southern parts of the Southwest, two week solo round-trip (March 2002)

Saturday, March 2nd 2002
Flight Luxembourg - Amsterdam - Los Angeles, rental car claim, LA traffic and headaches en route to Twentynine Palms
Sunday, March 3rd 2002
Joshua Tree National Park
Monday, 4th March 2002
Early departure, sunrise at Salton Sea, quick stop at Imperial Sand Dunes, Organ Pipe National Monument, on to Tucson
Tuesday, March 5th 2002
Saguaro National Park, Apache Trail, and a $20 motel
Wednesday, March 6th 2002
Lots of driving in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Also, a short stop at White Sands National Monument
Thursday, March 7th 2002
Attempt to hike Guadalupe Peak in the National Park of the same name, then go underground at Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Friday, March 8th 2002
A day of eventless driving in New Mexico, departing Roswell and arriving in Grants via Santa Fe and Albuquerque
Saturday, March 9th 2002
Almost getting lost in Malpais NM, visiting El Moro NM, sunset at Canyon de Chelley NP.
Sunday, March 10th 2002
Visiting Painted Desert and Petrified Forest NP, stopping at Walnut Canyon NM, and being repulsed by the tourist traps of Sedona and Meteor Crater.
Monday, March 11th 2002
Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon: Failed plans and photographic opportunities in Arizona and Utah
Tuesday, March 12th 2002
Hiking below the rim in Bryce Canyon
Wednesday, March 13th 2002
Visiting Zion NP in the morning, venturing on to Death Valley NP in the afternoon
Thursday, March 14th 2002
Entire day in Death Valley NP
Friday, March 15th 2002
Some more sights in Death Valley NP, quick drive through Mojave NPr