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Amy Beddows

Amy Beddows

A temporary resident of San Diego, I spend my weekends seeking out the weird and wonderful sights that do not always make it into travel guides. Not so much the road less travelled, but the dirt patches and potholes that aren’t even strictly roads. My passion is for emptiness — abandoned buildings, desolate natural spots, scenes of tragedy or trauma. I was fortunate enough to spend my honeymoon at the site of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant disaster.

I write travel articles, short stories and am currently working on four fictional novels. I live in La Jolla with my allowing husband. My favourite place in the world is Lake Crescent in Washington state. Read more at amybeddows.com.

Articles by Amy Beddows

Moonrise among the hoodoos

Many words and photos have been published in honor of the majestic Bryce Canyon, a strong contender in the Grand Circle’s showcase of nature. We wanted to do something different with our time at Bryce ...

October 22, 2013
Kayaking Lake Powell and Antelope Canyon

I had wanted to visit Lake Powell ever since I saw Doctor Who breathe his last breath on the futuristic shores (British sci-fi, don’t worry about it), so as part of our Arizona-Utah road trip, ...

Canyonlands: America’s most underrated national park?

After exploring the dizzy heights of the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce National Parks, we had low expectations for Utah’s lesser-known Canyonlands. One week on the road and landscape fatigue was starting to wear us ...

At the World's End: Grand Canyon Caverns

After leaving the surreal and creepy ghost town of Chloride, AZ, we stopped for an obligatory chocolate malt at one of the many charming diners on Route 66 and considered the time. With five hours ...

How to survive Yosemite in July

With limited free time and a bucket list growing by the day, a return trip to Yosemite National Park had been on the cards for a while, but sadly the only weekend we could spare ...

Snoqualmie Falls

As a general rule, I am not interested in pampering weekends, over-indulgent spas or fancy hotels for the sake of fancy hotels. Accommodation choices are usually fixed around cost and convenience, and so far my ...

At the World's End: Vulture City, AZ

There is no denying it; I am an apocalyte. A lover of all things bleak and transient, the beauty of decay is in my blood. Find me a ghost town, a derelict asylum, an abandoned ...

Desert Inspiration in Palm Springs

Dreams. Patterns in the clouds. Drug-fueled hallucinations. A life thoroughly well-lived. There are many answers to the question: where does a writer find their inspiration? But for some, it's all about the location. Some places ...

Last Stop: Rhyolite, NV

Rolling into the small town of Beatty, Nevada, is a strange experience. One of the few settlements on the edge of the brutal Death Valley, it appears as a welcome rise of gaudy lights after ...

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