Life in a nutshell, 'cos it's better if you're nuts!

A collection of random thoughts, adventures, happenings and general goings on in the Gardner Family.
Monumental

Monumental

A monumental day in a place that everyone’s familiar with from Old Skool western movies, made more dramatic by thunderstorms

Bridges & Cliffs

Bridges & Cliffs

Starting in Capitol Reef NP, and then Natural Bridges NM and finishing with a hair-raising drive over the cliffs of Moki Dugway

Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef

Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef

You can’t really get a feel for Bryce Canyon if you stay on the rim, you need to go for a wander inside to get a good perspective.

Zion to Bryce Canyon

Zion to Bryce Canyon

A day in Zion National Park looked like it was going to be fairly strenuous, so we started off with a substantial breakfast. 

Hoover Dam to Zion

Hoover Dam to Zion

A morning spent at Hoover Dam followed by a long drive through Nevada and Arizona up to Zion National Park in Utah

Not Las Vegas

Not Las Vegas

A day where we didn’t plan, but thought we might go stay in Las Vegas. And then we got there and decided not to.

Death Valley

Death Valley

Nothing prepares you for the heat of Death Valley National Park in August.  Old clichés don’t do it justice. It’s hot. 

Up, Over & Down

Up, Over & Down

A day driving up, over and down the Sierra Nevada on our way from Yosemite, via Mammoth Mountain, to Death Valley

Yosemite

Yosemite

After several days of inactivity by our standards, we just had to do some walking in Yosemite. Up the side of a mountain.

Born to be Wild

Born to be Wild

Born to be Wild – it was time to head out on the highway to begin a couple of weeks of geography field trip

Alcatraz

Alcatraz

Alcatraz, one of the most infamous prisons ever built, and the setting for many a good film staring Clint Eastwood and Tyne Daly.

Golden Gate

Golden Gate

Our first full day in San Francisco. We ended up at the Golden Gate Bridge, in the middle of some weird weather.