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United States of America

The United States of America is a federal republic composed of 50 states. At 3.8 million square smiles and with over 325 million people, the United States is the world's third-largest country by total area and the third-most populous. The capital is Washington D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.  (Source: Wikipedia)
In 2010, I travelled by car, together with a good friend of mine Nina. We travelled through North & Central America, all the way from Canada down to Panama, travelling across far and wide into the vast countryside, following the whistling call of adventure and inviting the spontaneous into our lives. We drove on the great traces of former spirits, heroes and mascots. Until little heeled, neither with experience, nor blessed, we proceeded timidly, trying to minimize the risks. But later completely forked off from the familiar white world and jumped blindly into the murky, uncertain pond. Down there we did not need glasses to whiteness life in its full spectrum of its colors, yet we felt dark energies embarking our imagination. What happened was the baptism of fire, the spin-cycle cleaning, the heart got stabbed with the endorphin ampoule. For three months, life filled empty spaces with what the universe had on offer, set the course for growth and made aware of what was possible.
 

USA: Touring the Wild West
 

The Golden Arch stretched across the pond as we flew over. The Wild West stood in front of us like a bandit: tall and powerful, with the authority of danger, with grudges and tinder in its luggage, yet not inconsistent, gentle and lovable in the core. The conditioned myth boiled the mind and the blood circulated frozen in the vines. Entering the full diversity of this eco- & geography diversity. Miracle, oh wonder, what came up, what lay ahead and became more and more true, what turned left, sometimes right, what smelled so wonderful and what we enjoyed so inwardly. So lovely tender and undefiled, so monstrous and mighty, full of veneration with totem and wisdom. Thus, cycles of perfection running through the golden green lines of life, painted smoothly and yet intensively with nature’s brush, providing what modern technology is unable to generate: pure bliss, connectedness and absolute affiliation. The answers to the question of Existence, the whole memory of the globe, waft in the cosmos and are spread out in-front of us, ready to help, we just have to look, not try to resist. Here and now, action is of the utmost importance. What does man teach us about destiny? The valley of tears is not yet overflowing, the vitality is not yet dead, but tired of mankind. And so I’m not only asking myself for insight, understanding and realization that every thought and action is of paramount importance to all of us who are in the same sinking boat. Raise the fist of aggression, soften the poodle's core, and free your fingers of negative energies to shake hands with each other. Only then will we succeed, together, in harmony with ourselves and Mother Nature.
The Golden Gate Bridge troubled me until the last try with shyness and fog, finally surrendering in a devout and quite lascivious way; Alcatraz offered oppressed feelings without saying anything. We got the car and drove 4.000 miles from there on great tracks, down to the wall of the Hoover Dam which allows Las Vegas to grow out of the desert.
The first few days we drove southwards on the №1, before we turned northwest, always slept in front of the gates of the parks in the car which we then explored. Highlights were clearly the canyons of Kings Canyon, the ‚General Sherman Tree’, the largest tree in the world in Sequoia NP and the Half Dome in Yosemite NP. Crossing the snow-capped Sierra Nevada with the 4421m high Mount Whitney, the highest peak in the continental United States, was a great contrast to the deepest and hottest spot in the US, the Death Valley NP. Pink Floyd fans pay attention: the last picture here shows Zabriskie Point.
The Bryce Canyon NP and the Zion NP enchant the visitor with their sensational sandstone formations, fantastic hiking trails and narrow gorges that the ambitious hiker can explore. A real party for the nature-loving motorists.
Arches National Park is about bows. As if carved by human hands, these stand in the middle of the desert. At the famous 'Newspaper Rock', the first aborigines have immortalized themselves with drawings on an approximately 8m² large rock face. The drawings are exciting, they look like the paintings of a kindergarten child and somehow so precise that they could also appear in the sketchbook of a graphic artist. The mushroom-shaped stone formations of the Toadstools were created of uneven erosion. At the 'Horseshoe Bend' the Glen Canyon makes a loop and from a high plateau you have a beautiful view of a horseshoe-shaped Colorado River.
In the 'Antelope Canyon' you climb over steep descents and steel ladders about 15-20m down into the cool rock, which is lit only by narrow openings and crevices with natural light. The north side of the 'Grand Canyon' is slightly higher than the south side, with cooler climate, fewer visitors and also very different flora and fauna. Here the canyon is not quite as rough and spectacular and the rocks don’t fall so steeply down the Colorado River. 'The Wave' is a mysterious place whose coordinates you only get if you take part in a raffle to be let in.

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