Independence Day – July 4th – Fireworks.

Just as I was about to post some pictures of fireworks for this years Independence Day celebrations, went down the memory lane thinking what was I doing on July 4th in the years gone by. Except for one year, I clearly remember what I was doing on July 4th evening:

  • 2006 - La Jolla Cove, San Diego – Had my Nikon FM 10 without any tripod. Had gone there with Diwaker, Himanshu and others.
  • 2007 - Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco – Had gone there with Bhavjit. Did not get a good enough spot to take photos. Too crowded.
  • 2008 - Valdez, Alaska – Had just completed my bicycle trip, took some photos of the fireworks.
  • 2009 - Mountain View – I dont remember going for any fireworks show, not even sure what was I upto.
  • 2010 - Harbor Island, San Diego – Had my manfrotto tripod, but Harbour Island was not the ideal spot to take photos of fireworks in the backdrop of downtown. Had gone there with Ankit, Himanshu and Rathina.
  • 2011 - Coronado, San Diego – Went there with Ankit. In my opinion this was the best spot for fireworks. I let the photos fill in the rest of the words.

This might also be my last July 4th Fireworks show in America :).

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A week of bicycling in Alaska [USA]

  • Date: June 28 – July 5, 2008
  • Route: Denali National Park – Valdez, Alaska (Denali Hwy – Richardson Hwy)
  • Distance: 350 miles (270 miles/430 kms on bicycle, 80 miles/130 kms hitchhiking),
  • Duration: 7 days/6 nights
  • Daily Average: 40 miles, 6-7 miles per hour, 6-7 hours of riding per day
  • Road Condition: 135 miles gravel, rest paved road.
  • Terrain: Hilly
  • Elevation: start-2000ft, max-4000ft, end-sea level (max elevation gain at a stretch-1000ft)
  • Lodging: 5 nights tent pitching, 1 night at a lodge.
  • Food: Cooking along the way / packed snacks / at lodges.
  • Bicycle: Cannondale Silk Path 24″
  • Bicycle Rental Company: Downtown Bike Rental

These photos are with detailed descriptions.

The First HeartbeatFirst Glimpse of AnchorageThe night beforeDay 1 begins: The Alaska RailwaysChange of thoughtsThe Noble SteedOn roadWelcome to the real world.Day 2 begins: The darkest hourThe decisive momentFortune favors the braveNature factorFirst major uphillFirst official Denali Highway ViewpointTired = PhotographyHeroic ShotAmazingSeeing nature upcloseDue ImportanceRain - Cloudy - SunnyEnd of Day 2Day 3 begins: Susitna River BridgeThink of the devilThe high pointHail StormNature congratesLooking backEnd of day 3Day 4 begins: Maclaren River LodgeCumulus cloudsThe longest uphillWonderfulMaclauren summit and glacierHiking on Maclauren SummitSplendid beautyParentA group of bicyclistsAnother splendiferous shotI should smileA calm ending of Day 4Glennallen with Mt. DrumMt Drum and Mt SanfordThe Wrangell MountainsNo words for the titleEnd of Day 5Gap in Day 6The most beautiful 5 milesParadiseTaking it slowFearfulApproaching ClimaxI am still thereBeauty EverywhereThe Climax - Worthington GlacierMy impressionsFull of lifeMy home for the nightDinner timeDay 7 beginsAlto cumulus CloudsNearing Thompson PassStanding knightlyAnother classic shotThompson PassEntering Keystone CanyonFrozen fall upcloseSome HistoryBridal Veil FallsAnother water fallOfficial ending of the BikingIn ValdezJuly 4th PreparationHalibutValdez - the port townHappy 4th of JulyFireworksCelebrating IndependenceView from ValdezThe last crackersDay 8 begins: Ferry LoadingEerieIceberg! Right Ahead!God bless AmericaWhittierA satisfying endingPosing ;)Another poseFinal PoseThe mighty one