southwest usa & a little bit more…

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Looking back into 2015:
We – my better half & I – made a holiday trip to USA in August (& I recalled previous trips…).

 

 

Beginning with our travel companion*:

 

For the record:
Although I was busy last year in August with my upcoming food blog I didn’t start documenting everything I ate during the trip … & I won’t do this during any travel in near or far future! However, I like to summarize some “food” impressions I got.
Well: therefore the most food-related photo I found was the chili string you see above!

Our itinerary:

  • We started in Los Angeles (where we first visited family).
  • Afterwards we rushed north across California’s & Nevada’s deserts to Cedar City in Utah.
  • We went to Zion Park, to Bryce Canyon & Cedar Breaks.
  • Next stop was Moab – also in Utah – to admire arches in Arches Park & be impressed by the vastness & lonesomeness of Canyonlands.
  • We learnt about ancient native Americans in Mesa Verde (attention: this is Mulder’s & Scully’s backyard country where some of the myths originated!).
  • Chilling in Taos was inevitable before approaching Grand Canyon.
  • After another chilling in Sedona we rushed to Las Vegas – yes: we did some gambling & followed CSI tracks! – from where we started home again.

It was a breathtaking journey with lots of exceptional photos – some of them are packed together in this contribution. I think you receive at least a faint impression of our journey!

Huntington Gardens

Arches

Lake Mead

Las Vegas

Bryce

Grand Canyon

Zion

Zion

 

 

 

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Bryce

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For me lots of sights & places were some sort of “Hello again!”: I traveled most of our route in the 80s & 90s – I was surprised to find almost everything as it was back then or even “better” (e. g. concerning access to extraordinary landmarks & access to premium espresso!) – except: the lots of people (aka tourists) jamming the most famous spots. Okay: we are also tourists! When travelling  we prefer early season or off-season – if weather cooperates – but sometimes there seems to be no more off-season!

Unfortunately on our route there were so many exceptional places & parks & monuments – we could only cover some of them: this is my main argument towards my better half that we’ll have to come back soon! (E. g. we hadn’t enough time to enter Monument Valley or walk Santa Fé’s galleries – not to mention making a side trip into the Arizona desert to admire giant saguaros…)

Canyonlands

Bryce

Las Vegas

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Las Vegas

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Utah

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Grand Canyon

Mesa Verde

Las Vegas

Huntington Gardens

 

 

 

 

Sedona

Zion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eating means eating out in most cases. I remember:

  • jalapeño burger with sweet potato fries
  • pulled pork with mashed potatoes
  • of course: steaks (as far as I remember: I had the best steaks in the USA!)
  • vegetarian quiche & savory snacks in espresso bars
  • lots of sandwiches, open sandwiches, roasted sandwiches…

I tested green/red chili enchiladas with beans & rice accompanied by margaritas with different flavors & other specialties of the hot & spicy Southwest cuisine.

…and the desserts: I love cakes for dessert – it doesn’t matter if it’s the classic carrot cake with or w/o cheesecake frosting, apple pie with vanilla ice cream, chocolate cake (giant chocolate cakes!)…

We’d found an extraordinary B&B in Taos where we got delicious eggs benedict & homemade frittata – never had a better breakfast during the whole trip!

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Mesa Verde

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Taos

Canyonlands

Las Vegas

Arches

Las Vegas

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Zion

 

 

 

 

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What to do if you are not eating out?
There are giant (compared to Germany!) food stores with lots of food ready to be enjoyed in your car or in your room: we regularly fell back on this option & stoked up on the deli counters. We had a big ice chest in our car for storing water & fruit & delicious deli offers during travelling (I strongly recommend to care for an ice chest – and to fill it up! – when travelling the US West/Southwest because it’s a rather empty country in spite of the tourist jam in very special regional spots!).

In Los Angeles welcomed by family we had some relax time before we started the journey. We both want to say thank you once again for the warm welcome – and especially the lemon pie recipe: For my food blog & me it was one of the culinary highlights. (Well: After the holidays I started working on some more food memories which will be published soon – especially “enchiladas”!)

Bryce

 

…and once again: our travel companion*!

 

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