Category: USA

Grand Road Trip to the Grand Canyon

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The Plan

Seeing the Grand Canyon in Arizona wasn’t part of my plan when I went to California last February 2013 to be with my wife, who was on business trip at that time, on our wedding anniversary. On her insistence though, I drafted a plan for the roughly 750-mile (1,200-kilometer) drive from the Silicon Valley area to Arizona’s lone World Heritage Site. Fellow officemates who were also on business trip happily agreed to split the long drive with us. We would leave around midnight, a few hours after my arrival in the US. I would take the first shift behind the wheel – as I was still on Manila time – and exchange places with the rest of the group until we made it to Arizona.


Yosemite National Park

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2014 marks the 150th year of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Yosemite Grant Act that set aside Yosemite Valley and neighboring Mariposa Grove for its preservation and subsequent enjoyment as public domain. It paved the way for the establishment of the national park system in the United States. Today, Yosemite National Park encompasses 3,026 square kilometers of vast wilderness and spectacular scenery in central California near its border with Nevada. It is known for its numerous waterfalls, towering granite cliffs, and giant sequoia trees.


2013 Travel Year: Looking Back

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What better way to start the new year than looking back at the travel highlights of the past year? 2013 was a year of stunning scenery and spectacular land and seascapes in my travels. My wife Reizel and I were able to cross a few more items from our travel bucket list. In February I went to California to be with my wife on our wedding anniversary. She was in Silicon Valley at that time for an eight-week business trip. I arrived via a direct MNL-SFO flight on a Friday evening US West Coast time, and after having dinner and a couple hours of rest, we (along with the gang of officemates who were also on business trip) started past midnight on a 750-mile (1,200-kilometer) drive to the Grand Canyon in Arizona.


Chasing Waterfalls in Oregon

North Falls from behind

In my previous post we went on two weekend road trips to the rugged Pacific coast of Oregon in its notorious soggy autumn weather. This time we head inland to sample some of the state’s waterfalls.

Columbia River Gorge

The Columbia River is the Pacific Northwest’s largest river system and forms much of the boundary between Oregon and Washington states. Roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) east of Portland, Oregon on the US Interstate 84, the Columbia River Gorge is a canyon carved by the river and is a popular hiking, sightseeing, and fishing area. The gorge also features dozens of waterfalls on the Oregon side, the most popular of which is the double-tiered Multnomah Falls.


Road Trips to the Oregon Coast

Towards Cape Kiwanda

The recent rainy weather reminds me of my two-month stay in Oregon last 2012. Oregon is located in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, an area known for cold and wet weather for a good eight months of the year. Even though it rains almost everyday in the region from October to May, the total annual rainfall only amounts to less than 1,000 mm, or less than half of Manila’s 2,200 mm total. This means most of the time it’s only a drizzle rather than the torrential rain we are used to back home.