Balabanova All Over


[Flagstaff, AZ] Mother Nature gave us a rainbow and took away a sunrise. We woke up today to rain in Monument Valley, which meant we were going to do our sunrise tour with little chance of catching the morning light.

[Zion National Park, UT] When I read Observation Pont’s description in my guidebook, I completely skipped over the part where it says “Strenuous, 8 miles, 2105 ft elevation” in favor of the part where it says “best views of the park, Angel’s Landing overlook”. I am kind of kidding. We knew full well what we were getting into. Already sore from 2 days of moderate to strenuous 5-mile hikes with 1000+ ft… Read More

[Bryce Canyon National Park, UT] Sunrise over Bryce Amphitheater is a quintessential Bryce Canyon National Park experience. Sunrise was at 7 am today, which meant another 5 am-ish wake-up for us. The clouds that had sabotaged Chris’s night shots the night before now provided for an absolutely spectacular sunrise. In some ways, a cloudless sky would have been better because the morning sun light would have hit the hoodoos directly, thus providing… Read More

[Puno, Peru] Anther day, another early morning. I am going to need a vacation from this trip! To cover the 400 km (250 miles) from Cuzco to Puno, we opted for a bus with a guided tour of some of the most notable sights along the way. This was by far the longest option – it was going to take us 10 hours to cover the distance with all the stops –… Read More