Columbia River Gorge Near Portland, OR

Columbia River Gorge Near Portland, OR

Columbia River Gorge, Portland, OR

Near Portland, OR, the Columbia River flows though the a canyon in the Pacific Northwest of the US which is in places, up to 4,000 feet (1,200 m) deep.

The Columbia River Gorge canyon stretches for over 80 miles (130 km) as the river winds westward through the Cascade Range forming the boundary between the State of Washington to the north and Oregon to the south.

 
 
Tonto Natural Bridge, Payson, AZ

Tonto Natural Bridge, Payson, AZ

Tonto Natrual Bridge, Payson, AZ

Tucked away in a tiny valley surrounded by a forest of pine trees, the Tonto Natural Bridge has been in the making for thousands of years and is believed to be the largest natural travertine
bridge in the world.

It stands 183 feet high over a 400-foot long tunnel that measures 150 feet at it’s widest point. We were able to view it from various points around the Tonto Natural Bridge State Park and then followed a steep trail all the way down to the river that runs through the bottom of the canyon and under this magnificent natural wonder.

 
 
Cliff Dwellings in Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

Cliff Dwellings in Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

Bandelier Natilonal Monument, New Mexico

Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico contains more than 33,000 acres of magnificent rugged canyon and mesa country with evidence of a human presence going back over 11,000 years.  It has many Ancestral Pueblo archeological sites, beautiful scenery, and a wide range of plants and animals. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that still survives in the surrounding communities.

 

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska

Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska

Located in Mendenhall Valley, about 12 miles from Juneau, Alaska, the Mendenhall Glacier is a huge sheet of ice about 12 miles long. It is an awe-inspiring sight.

The glacier has also receded 1.75 miles (2.82 km) since 1958, when Mendenhall Lake was created, and over 2.5 miles (4.0 km) since 1500. It will continue to recede for the foreseeable future.

 
 

 

 

Trail View of Bryce Canyon, Utah

Trail View of Bryce Canyon, Utah

Bryce Canyon Utah

The dazzling sedimentary rock structures at Bryce Canyon in southwest Utah are called hoodoos and were created by processes known as steam erosion and frost weathering.

Walking among these towering amphitheaters is an awe-inspiring experience. We also hired horses for an ocassionally hair-raising ride along these magnificent cliffs.

 
 

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