• Jan Cubitt: The Awe-Inspiring National Parks

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    Today our Celebrating 35 Years of Titan story is the cherished memory of Jan Cubitt. 2011 saw Jan’s 63rd birthday, and to celebrate she went on our ever-popular tour, The Awe-inspiring National Parks.

    Jan Cubitt Postcard

    Travelling across the south-western USA, through five states and miles upon miles of stunning vistas, including some of the most famous landmarks of North AmericaThe Awe-inspiring National Parks shows America’s natural landscape in all its larger-than-life glory.

    Including places like Bryce Canyon, Mount Rushmore, the natural arches of Canyonlands, the Rockies, and (of course) the most famous of all – The Grand Canyon – the tour is a real journey of discovery and endless panoramas and sights of natural wonder in the US’s National Parks. For Jan, it was Bryce Canyon that was her favourite. Named after one of its many ‘canyons’, the park is home to many huge natural amphitheatres, telling of eras gone by in the coloured strata now visible for all to see. Possibly more famously, however, the park is home to unusual geological structures in these amphitheatres where rock has been hewn away by frost to leave rock formations which poke out of the ground like stalagmites.

    Canyonlands National Park

    The natural stone archways of Canyonlands National Park are another grand highlight of the tour. There are over 2,000 natural sandstone arches in the park, each carved out of the rock. An almost lunar landscape, the reds and oranges of the desert, this part of the US is hauntingly beautiful and a highlight for many.

    A memorable birthday for Jan – and a tour for making memories for everyone else – we are grateful to her for sharing this memory with us all. A birthday card signed by everyone on the tour makes for a memorable momento. We also love the idea of giving everyone on the tour a lollipop (which Jan did, instead of having cake) and watching everyone sit there, in her words, Kojak style!

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    Nicola considers herself very lucky to have had the opportunity to visit a number of places around the world and these experiences usually involve searching for as many kinds of wildlife as possible. Recent highlights include penguins in Antarctica, bears and whales in Canada and Alaska and sea otters in California - but there are always more animals to search for.

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