Arches Trail and the Milky Way at Red Canyon, Dixie National Forest, Utah

Red Canyon, Dixie National Forest, Utah on northtosouth.us

Between Zion and Bryce Canyon, we stopped in Red Canyon to set up camp on day 3 of Road Trip USA: Summer 2014. After having a hard time finding camping at Zion, we pulled into Red Canyon Campground around 3pm to avoid another after-dark search for camping.

Red Canyon is located near Panguitch, Utah, in the Powell Ranger District of the expansive Dixie National Forest. With a landscape resembling a hybrid between Zion and Bryce, Red Canyon is home to red sandstone spires as well as dense sections of pine trees.

Hiking Arches Trail, Red Canyon, Dixie National Forest, Utah on northtosouth.us
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Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, USA

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, USA on northtosouth.us

June 17-18, 2014

Our first destination on Road Trip USA: Summer 2014 was warm, calm, and colorful when we arrived there in the early evening on June 17th. Of 23 state parks in Nevada, Valley of Fire is the oldest and largest and is just a quick 50-mile drive from Vegas.

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, USA on northtosouth.us
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Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California, USA

Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California, USA on northtosouth.us

May 30 – June 1, 2014

This past weekend, Ian and I headed down to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to host another Lonely Speck astrophotography workshop under the starry desert night sky.

HOT DESERT AIR

With temps as high as 102° F during the day and lows of 80° at night, May is just about the last month when you can have a reasonably enjoyable time camping in this hot desert area (until fall when it cools down again). The sun’s heat woke us at 7am each morning!

Font's Point, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California, USA on northtosouth.us
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Avoiding the Busy Tourist Season in Eraclea Mare, Italy [TRAVEL JOURNAL]

Eraclea Mare beach, Eraclea Mare, Italy
Above: Eraclea Mare beach on a May evening, Eraclea Mare, Italy

In May Eraclea Mare is a serene oceanfront destination, especially for those who despise the touristy beach scene. It may be busy in summer, but in spring we had the beach all to ourselves! Read on to find out how we spent our time during our five-day stay in Eraclea Mare.  Continue reading