When we started traveling in March 2017, I thought that we would reach the Pacific Coast in California, but we actually reached it via Oregon. Usually, if you meet Americans from Oregon, they will describe their State as the most beautiful / best / most fun State in the country, so my expectations were quite high. As soon as we entered Oregon, we had the impression to be in a different country. The spirit of freedom is real here. Oregon still has something of a lost world, and despite the summer fires, we found hundreds of miles of pristine nature. We have been in Oregon for more than a month and can’t decide if we should ever leave. Continue reading “On The Road: Wonders Of Southern Oregon”
When Henri and I crossed the border from Wyoming to Idaho, we started using more and more what’s commonly referred to as BLM Land in order to camp. BLM means Bureau of Land Management and it’s the Federal US institution managing the use of these public lands —lands that are owned by all Americans (as opposed to owned by a single, private landlord or corporation). These beautiful preserved lands, comprising 640 million acres that nobody can privatize (yet) are hands down one of the best things I discovered about America. Continue reading “My Own Public Idaho: The Beauty And Amazingness of America’s BLM Land”
We love hiking and this is what we do when we’re not working or chilling, but we usually only do long 10-15-mile day hikes. In Grand Teton National Park (Wyoming), we raised the bar and spent two days hiking with one night in the wilderness! One tiny night seems like nothing, but for us it was kind of a big deal —last time I had trekked over several days was in 2003 in Peru with a group and donkeys carrying my stuff (it’s cheating), and Henri had just never done anything like this. We were lucky to try this in some of America’s most beautiful mountains with the best mentors in the world. Continue reading “Backpacking For The First Time in Grand Teton National Park”
Yellowstone National Park is one of these places I had heard about when I was working for Lonely Planet in Paris, as I posted so many pictures of its famous colorful pool on social media. For a long time, I thought Yellowstone was only about that crazy-looking pool. And I naively thought it was one of these very remote, barely visited places in the US. Well, we actually made it here, and I must say all my assumptions about this park were completely wrong. There is so much to see and do in Yellowstone that it kept us busy for a full week and it’s the biggest, busiest US national park we’ve visited. Continue reading “We Survived Yellowstone National Park in July”
Badlands National Park (South Dakota) is like nowhere else on earth. Continue reading “What Happens When You Visit Badlands National Park”
We visited Mount Rushmore —more because of our passion for the movie North by Northwest, than for patriotic reasons. I couldn’t name the four of them before we went there, so I can say it was worth it. I thought that the sculpture of Washington, specifically, was a masterpiece.
Our visit of Rocky Mountain National Park (often abbreviated RMNP) marked the beginning of our new life waking up everyday before sunrise, and becoming experts in fighting the summer crowds in National Parks. Continue reading “Rocky Mountain National Park: Hiking America’s Most Beautiful Mountains”
Hey, it’s me again judging American cities and making outrageous stereotypes after a 6-hour visit in Downtown Denver. Continue reading “Denver, the Most Different City”
Nebraska has been a great surprise in this adventure so far. Continue reading “Yes, Nebraska is Cool – 72 Hours in The Cornhusker State”
We spent about 120 nights camping across the US so far and we have seen a lot of people camping next to us. Here are 10 types we see regularly, to the point we can stereotype them. Not to be taken seriously (this is mostly funny for people who camp full time like we do).