Bodie – a California ghost town in pictures

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Church Bodie California

The church at Bodie – this has been my screensaver for 5 years now!

The point at which I really fell in love with photography was during a life changing road trip we took down the West Coast of the United States from Seattle to San Francisco. Paul had recently bought me a small compact camera with a ton of functionality and I was addicted to trying different settings and learning what aperture, shutter speed and ISO meant. I took over 1000 photos on that 2 week trip and some of them are still my favourites today. One location that really stands out is the ghost town of Bodie which is east of Yosemite and just north of Mono Lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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Hiking the Grand Canyon rim to rim

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Grand Canyon

Have you ever had one of those experiences that you genuinely can’t believe is happening? As I set off on the Kaibab Trail from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on that crisp and snow covered morning, I still felt like I was in a dream. There was just one guy in front of me on the trail, we were the first people to walk one of the busiest trails in the National Park Service for nearly 2 weeks – unbelievable.

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The time the U.S Government tried to ruin our holiday

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Sedona Arizona red rock

What’s not to like about Sedona?

We’ve made no secret that the time we spent in the U.S on our RTW adventure was without a doubt our favourite time during the whole trip. One of the main highlights had been hiking the North Kaibab Trail of the Grand Canyon in one of the best day hikes we’d done. We vowed at the time to return and attempt the 24 mile Rim to Rim, little did we know that our return date would only be 12 months exactly from when we left.

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Bolivian South West Circuit – Part 2

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Stunning flamingo lakes

Stunning flamingo lakes

To catch up on part 1 please click here

Day 3

 

The evening before had been extremely cold, we slept at just under 16,000 ft in every piece of clothing we had with us and just about managed to stay warm. So it was with great relief that we saw the sun coming up on day 3. It’s not every day you get to sleep on top of the world on a vast tundra with a fair few flamingos toughing it out in a nearby pink lake so it was all worth it!

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Bolivian South West Circuit – Part 1

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The stunning Laguna Verde with Licancabur Volcano in the background

The stunning Laguna Verde with Licancabur Volcano in the background

When you’ve been travelling continuously for as long as we have you start to get a little complacent with what you’re seeing every day. It becomes normal to be exposed to jaw dropping scenery and new cultures on a daily basis and you feel like you’re always striving for the next travel high. I had high expectations for the Bolivian South West Circuit but all of those expectations were blown completely out of the water by the real thing. It proves that no matter how long you do this for some places can still completely take your breath away. We travelled for 4 days across rugged terrain without seeing a single road, we covered just shy of 1000 km and saw the most varied scenery you could hope for. This trip goes down as one of the greatest experiences of my life.

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The not so easy rider!

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Trying to look confident!

Trying to look confident!

Let’s start by going back about 25 years or so to set the scene. We were on a family day trip to a theme park close to where we lived and I was very excited to be allowed to have a go on the little motorbikes for kids. After a brief explanation about braking and how turning the right handlebar ever so slightly made you go forwards, I had my helmet on and I was ready to enter the track. I was going to ride a motorbike, how cool.

This experience came to a brutal and rapid conclusion approximately 3 seconds later!

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