Wishing you all a very happy new year! 2013 was a spectacular year for me when it came to hiking and nature. Highlights included hiking on snow-covered trails in Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona, USA) driving a ridiculously rough and bumpy road to Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park (Nevada, USA) and hiking in the stunning glacier landscape of two gorgeous parks of Canada – Banff & Jasper National Parks (Alberta, Canada). As 2013 came to a close, I couldn’t help but remember the breathtaking magnificence of these national parks. Here are some photos that try to capture their otherworldly beauty.
Hiking in Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA
A glowing sunset over snow-covered Grand Canyon National Park
Magical sunrise at Hopi Point, Grand Canyon National Park
Magnificent vistas seen when hiking along the South Rim trail at Grand Canyon National Park
Hiking in Death Valley National Park, Nevada, USA
Sailing stones leave an unmistakable trace of their paths on the parched surface of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park
Marveling at the mysterious sailing stones at Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park
Whether this is Mars or Earth is anybody’s guess!
Hiking in Banff & Jasper National Parks, Canada
Stunning snow-capped mountain reflections and glacial lakes seen along Icefields Parkway
Hiking up the hill to catch an unforgettable glimpse of turquoise Peyto Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta
Hiking the picturesque Lake Louise loop at Banff National Park in Canada
I look forward to sharing my experiences in these national parks (from must-do trails to camping tips) in my future posts. Here’s wishing all of us many more such hiking adventures in the coming year! Which destination is top of your list for 2014?
Happy New Year & Happy Hiking!