May, 2009

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Kauai: Wailea river, Opaekaa falls

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

For the last day in Kauai we kayaked on Wailea river.

Opaekaa Falls:
opaekaa_falls

The Wailea river:
wailuea_river

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wailuea_river_falls

I spotted my first gecko in the village where we rented the kayaks:
gecko

Kauai: Wailea Falls and Salt Pond Beach

Monday, May 25th, 2009

The day started with a visit of Wailea Falls and a hike down the falls:
wailea1
wailea2
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Kauai: Waimea canyon and snorkeling with turtles

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

For the first day in Kauai we did the lazy tourists and simply stopped at a viewpoint in Waimea Canyon without hiking any bit. The canyon is quite as impressive and Grand Canyon:
wailuea

We then stopped at one of the snorkeling spots on the south shore of the island with some unusually colorful trees on the way:

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2009 ASU Commencement with President Barack Obama

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Thanks to a good friend of mine graduating from Arizona State University I was given a ticket for his 2009 graduation ceremony with an address by President Barack Obama.

Ticket for ASU 2009 Commencement with President Obama

Entertainment started at 5pm with performances from students and lightning fast appearance of surprise guest Alice Cooper.
Commencement

USA flags
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Bryce Canyon

Monday, May 11th, 2009

While on our way to to Bryce Canyon we came across some nice red rock formations on route 12 which are worth stopping by:

Near Red Canyon

Near Red Canyon

Rainbow point in Bryce Canyon:

Bryce Canyon
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Arches National Park

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

A few pictures from Arches National Park, the first stop is Park Avenue:

Park avenue

Park avenue

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Monument Valley on a full Moon day

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

This was my third visit of Monument Valley, AZ, this time though it was on a full Moon day. We arrived around 15h00 which gave ample time to have a late lunch, tour the whole park, wait for the full Moon to rise, and wait for all cars to exit the park.

Monument Valley overview

Monument Valley at sunset

A native Indian in a cow-boy outfit (go figure) posed with his horse:

Indian "cow-boy&quot
Contrast
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Navajo National Monument

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Navajo National Monument is approximately located 45 min west of Kayenta, AZ. Park entrance is free, it offers two short hikes. The first walk end with an overlook on ancestral dwellings built into the rock down the canyon, this village is the best preserved one in the area. Similar villages can be seen at Canyon de Chelly (AZ) or Mesa Verde (NM).

Navajo National Monument viewpoint

Guided tours with access to the dwellings are also available in the morning:
Navajo National Monument dwellings
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Canyon de Chelly

Friday, May 8th, 2009

Canyon de Chelly was the first stop of a 5-day trip to Arizona’s and Utah’s National Parks. I would recommend spending a full day at this spectacular park, since we arrived late afternoon from Phoenix we had time for a hike and a visit of a few viewpoints.¬† We drove along the south rim which is better exposed to sunlight in the afternoon, and hiked down the canyon’s ancestral dwellings via the white house trail. We wrapped up our visit at sunset with a breathtaking¬† Spider Rock¬† located at the end of the south rim road.

Canyon de Chelly overlook

White house trail
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